01 May 2012
A report published today by the Education Select Committee states it is vital that universities continue to play a major role in training teachers.
The report, ‘Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best’, acknowledged that ‘partnership between schools and universities is likely to provide the highest quality initial teacher education’.
The report said: “The evidence has left us in little doubt that partnership between schools and universities is likely to provide the highest quality initial teacher education….We believe that a diminution of universities’ role in teacher training could bring considerable demerits, and would caution against it…”.
Dr John Moss, Dean of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, was one of the first witnesses called by the government’s committee. He said: “This recognition of our work by the select committee is very welcome.
“We have very strong partnerships with about 1000 schools providing outstanding teacher training. We are totally committed to providing an excellent foundation for a teaching career working with schools, so that students benefit from theory and practice.”
Other recommendations from the report included the suggestion that applicants to training programmes should be observed in teaching before offers are made; more taster opportunities should be provided for sixth formers and undergraduates considering teaching; the government should consult on the quality, range, scope and content of a continuing professional development (CPD strategy, with the aim to introducing an entitlement to CPD for teachers; and the pay system should be reviewed to reward those teachers delivering the best results for their pupils.
The full report can be read here: www.parliament.uk/education-committee
For more information on teacher training programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University and places available for 2012 entry visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/train-to-teach or call 01227 782635.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
- Christ Church has one of the best teacher training records in the country, with both its Initial Teacher Training and Teach First programmes recently awarded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and being in the Complete University Guide’s UK top 10 for three consecutive years.
- Over 90% of our newly qualified teachers are in teaching jobs six months after finishing their course.
- Founded in 1962 as a teacher training college, 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee this year, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.