DfE launches ITT framework earlier than planned


The Department for Education has released the new initial teacher training framework, despite indications it wasn’t due to be published until the spring.

Schools Week suggests the move is to ensure the framework is not delayed by the decision to hold a general election on 12 December or by activity in the days that follow it.

The department’s policy advisor Rachel Hayward had previously said the ITT framework would be unveiled in 2020 when addressing the National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) annual conference in mid-October.

The new ITT framework provides the basis for teacher trainee development with a focus on five key themes – curriculum, behaviour management, professional behaviours, assessment and pedagogy.

It is also deliberately divided up into eight sections to ensure it can be used in collaboration with the main teachers’ standards – the baseline set of expectations that all teachers should abide by.

The framework also notes the importance of preparing trainee teachers for supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

A review of the key content included in the ITT was launched in May, with an advisory group focusing on aligning the teacher training with plans for the early career framework.

The latter is set to launch in September 2020 as part of Opportunity North East, ahead of a national roll out the following September.

Professor Samantha Twiselton, who chaired the advisory group, said putting the focus on teacher development will help UK teachers to match those from some of the highest performing nations around the world.

“Bringing ITT and the early career framework into close alignment provides a unique opportunity to ensure all newly qualified teachers have access to a shared understanding of how best to develop in their careers,” she explained.

The CEO of NASBTT, Emma Hollis, welcomed the early publication of the framework, suggesting that it will provide ITT providers with more time to ensure their programmes meet the new requirements.

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