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ITT Criteria: FAQs updated (3 December 2021)
An update FAQs on ITT Criteria for ITT provides. The information below is also attached as a Word document.
Preliminary UCET response to the government’s response to the ITE Market Review consultation
KNSTE Conference 2022
A one-day conference at Keele Hall, Staffordshire, which will explore dialogue and reasoning in teacher education. During this conference there will be three guest speakers and an array of workshops throughout the day. Some of the workshop themes included will be ‘Thinking Moves’, ‘Philosophy for Children (P4C)’ and ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’.
DfE: Become an iQTS pilot provider
Two weeks ago, the Government published further guidance for iQTS teacher training providers, placement schools overseas, trainees and mentors on GOV.UK. The DfE are now inviting accredited English initial teacher training (ITT) providers to join an iQTS pilot to test and improve design and delivery of the iQTS qualification.
Get School Experience
The Get school experience service is active again for the start of the 2021 to 2022 recruitment cycle. You can promote your school and advertise both in person and virtual experiences to candidates. Demand for schools offering experience is highest in areas around Cornwall, Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, and Norwich, but we welcome all schools to join the service, as there is steady demand from candidates throughout England.
DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (November 21)
This month's teacher recruitment bulletin from the DfE.
NFER: How racial equality can be improved in the teacher education workforce
A new research study on racial equality in the teacher workforce in England will explore the under-representation and career progression opportunities in the teaching profession among people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
National Association of Primary Education: the Rosemary Evans Bequest Award
Details of how to apply for the annual National Association of Primary Education's Rosemary Evans Bequest award.
Teaching Internships Programme: open for applications from school partnerships for funding programme delivery in 2022
Partner schools of universities are eligible to apply for funding for 2022.
Survey of RE ITE support 2021
The results of that survey are now published and available via the link below.
British Council Sri Lanka opportunities
Details of grants and opportunities for UK universities to form partnerships with British Council Sri Lanka.
OfSTED: Response to Internal Review of FOI
A response by Ofsted after UCET asked to conduct an internal review of the response it had made to a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request.
OfSTED: Freedom of Information request response (October 2021)
A response from OfSTED to recent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests by UCET.
DfE Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (October 2021)
The latest Teacher Recruitment Bulletin from the DfE.
DfE: Financial incentives for ITT courses starting in 2022/2023 (October 21)
Information from the DfE on the financial incentives for ITT courses starting in 2022/23.
Bristol Guide and Education and Policy Research Service
The University of Bristol, School of Education run two education products, the Bristol Guide and the Education Policy and Research Service.  UCET is pleased to endorse both as valuable resources for trainee teachers and school staff. We have a partnership agreement whereby members can claim a 10% discount on both the Guide and subscriptions to the EPRS. 
OfSTED Inspections of ITE: a briefing paper for UCET members
The purpose of this paper is to brief UCET members and others about the reported conduct and emerging outcomes of the OfSTED inspections of ITE provision that have been taking place since the Spring of 2021 and to make suggestions for ITE providers on the handling of these inspections.
Letter from Robin Walker, MP, Minister of State for School Standards (1st October)
A letter from Rt. Hon. Robin Walker, MP, the Minister of State for School Standards.
DfE: Allocations for the 2022 to 2023 academic year
Information on allocations for the 2022-2023 academic year from the DfE, for undergraduate, early years, PE (fee-funded), PE with EBacc
Letter to Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education, MP
A copy of the letter by UCET, NASBTT, MillionPlus and UniversitiesUK (GuildHE) to the new Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, MP on the DfE's ITT Market Review
International Trainee Teachers update (September 2021)
An update from the DfE on developments for international trainee teachers.
BERA Review of Education article
A new article from the Review of Education journal (BERA) on 'The structure and processes governing educational research in the UK from 1990-2020: a systematic scoping review'.
Major teaching reforms in England will erode the intellectual basis of teacher education
An article in the online journal, The Conversation, by Keither Parker and Professor Matthew Clarke (Yorks St. John University) on the DfE's ITE Market Review proposals and their impact on the intellectual basis of the profession.
History Teacher Educators Network (HTEN) response to the ITE Market Review consultation
A response to the ITE Market Review by the History Teachers Educators Network
UCET Press Notice: the DfE Market Review proposals (22nd July 2021)
UCET press notice on the DfE's Market Review proposals, which is published today. The full text of the press notice is available below and a copy attached.
UCET Market Review Response (July 2021)
UCET's response to the DfE's Market Review proposals. The Executive Summary and full response is attached as a PDF.
DfE: ITT 2021/22 Trainee Placements Questionnaire
A short questionnaire to help the DfE evaluate whether there are currently enough placements for the upcoming cycle.
UCET Blog: Disjointed, un-costed and undeliverable: the DfE’s proposals for the reform of the ITE Market (July 5th)
JNR's blog in response to the publication of the DfE's Market Review today (5th July).
UCET Summer 2021 Newsletter
The UCET Summer 2021 newsletter is now available to read below.
DfE: COVID-19 ITT course extension funding manual
A request to submit claims for any trainees who will be continuing their training in Autumn 2021 as a result of not having had sufficient opportunity to evidence adequate progress towards the Teachers' Standards due to COVID-19 disruption to the course. Please see the attached claim form.
Initial Teacher Education in England A briefing note for MATs, Teaching School Hubs and individual schools
The purpose of this paper is to: • Explain the current organisational and regulatory structures of initial teacher education (ITE) in England • Consider the implications of the DfE’s Market Review of ITT • Articulate the particular contribution that the higher-education (HE) sector makes to teacher education • Identify ways in which higher education institutions can support MATs, teaching school hubs and others in regard to teacher education.
ITE Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR)
The IDSR is a PDF document showing data for Ofsted inspectors to use when preparing for and during inspection. The IDSR is designed to align with the Initial teacher education (ITE) inspection framework and handbook and to provide inspectors with insights into data published by DfE and collected by Ofsted.
Becoming a Teacher update (June 2021)
DfE: Early Career Framework reforms update (June 2021)
Statutory Induction is changing After a challenging year for trainees, it is more important than ever new teachers receive the best possible support at the start of their careers. The Early Career Framework ECF reforms are designed to ensure that early career teachers develop the skills and confidence they need. If your school offers statutory induction, you will need to replace your current induction process with this new funded programme of professional development and support.
DfE Invitation: the testing of the new 'Register trainee teachers' service
A call to test out the new 'register trainee teachers' service from the DfE, particularly for those with disabilities. Please see the details below and the attachment.
Diverse Educators: 'Dear Secretary of State'
Context: Since July 2020, we have held a quarterly Diversity Roundtable with national stakeholders invested in, and committed to, a system-wide strategy for collaborating on a DEI strategy in our schools. We collectively wrote to the DfE, the SoS, the NSC and the Equalities Team on March 1st. We are yet to receive an acknowledgement to our concerns. We have agreed to publish the letter as an open source, in the hope that we can move this conversation forwards.
UCET Forums and Committees: Dates for 2021 - 2022
The UCET Forum and Committee dates for AY2021-2022 are available below. Please see the attachment as well.
DfE ITT criteria update
Please note below an update to the ITT criteria advice issued by DfE.
Attachment Research Community: Attachment and Trauma Awareness - teaching, learning and emotional wellbeing in schools
The past year has seen a heightened focus on issues of teaching, learning and support for pupils, teachers and parents/carers in schools, following the Covid pandemic. This document lays out the recommendations and rationale of the signatory organisations for policymaking in England to support recovery and build resilience for all members of the school community, and especially the most vulnerable, in order to improve performance, mental health and wellbeing and to narrow attainment gaps.
Research on Creativity and Creative Arts in Primary ITT
Researchers in the School of Education, the University of Nottingham are looking for Primary ITT course directors and creative art specialists to contribute to their project of arts and creativity teaching in ITT.
NFER: Teacher Labour Market in England Report 2021 Launch: webinar and presentation
This event featured a range of insightful contributions from our expert panel and the questions from participants enabled an interesting discussion of these important issues affecting teachers.
DfE: Early Career Framework Reforms: Statutory Induction Guidance and Appropriate Body Guidance Update (25th March 2021)
Changes to the statutory induction arrangements. The revised statutory guidance underpinning induction comes into force from September 2021. It has been significantly updated since the previous version (issued April 2018).
DfE: Induction for Early Career Teachers
Statutory guidance for appropriate bodies, headteachers, school staff and governing bodies Revised March 2021; to come into force on 1 September 2021
Core Content Framework exemplification resources
This document has been produced ‘by the sector’ and ‘for the sector.’ It provides a selection of exemplification resources related to the CCF. It is designed as an introductory document for providers to use with their trainees and the colleagues who provide them with expert mentoring and support. It provides links to readily available resources which support each of the ‘learn how to’ emboldened statements in the ITT Core Content Framework (CCF). Each emboldened statement is set out under the relevant section of the Teachers’ Standards, following the CCF layout. Some of the resources are applicable to more than one of the Teachers’ Standards.
Teach Best website and Twitter link
The new Teach Best website and Twitter link. These form part of our campaign in respect of the review of the ITT market. Please engage with the website and twitter link and share with your contacts. Many thanks to those of you who supplied case studies and logos UCET
A slap in the face? The English government's plans for initial teacher education
The full text of James Noble-Rogers' speech to the Westminster Education Forum (23 February 2021) is available to read below.
DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (February 2021)
The latest Teacher Recruitment Bulletin from the DfE.
UCET press notice on the ITE Market Review (26th January 2021)
Please see the attached press notice about the market review which has been issued today.
DfE: Eligibility for SKE (Jan 2021)
The latest information from the DfE on the eligibility for SKE. In December 2020 the Department confirmed, as part of the SKE package for academic year 20/21, that ITT candidates who have a degree in their chosen ITT subject awarded in the previous 5 years are not eligible for SKE. These candidates should have the required level of subject knowledge, or be able to top up their knowledge, without a DfE funded SKE course.
OfSTED: ITE Update newsletter (Jan 2021)
January 2021 update from OfSTED.
DfE: SKE funding packages for AY2020/21
The DfE's announcement on SKE funding for 2020/2021.
Teacher Recruitment Bulletin - November edition
The latest Teacher Recruitment Bulletin from the DfE.