Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Teacher Training Allocations a 'Slap in the Face'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Teacher Training Allocations a 'Slap in the Face'

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Universities have been dealt a "slap in the face" by the government in the form of the latest initial teacher training allocations update from the National College for Teaching and Leadership, it has been claimed.

In a message sent to initial teacher training providers last week, the NCTL, which is the Department for Education agency that funds teacher training, invited schools and providers of school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) courses to bid for extra places through its School Direct training scheme. However, it did not offer more teacher training places to higher education institutions.

"We are now able to offer more School Direct places to schools if you have already filled your places in a particular subject and have more candidates to whom you would like to make an offer," the NCTL said. "Please note that these places are only available to schools and SCITTs that have already filled their initial allocation in that subject."

James Noble-Rogers, executive director of the Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers, said the decision made little sense, and added that the extra places would have been filled quickly had they been given to universities for qualifications such as the postgraduate certificate in education. …

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