New school-based teacher training programme to begin in September
Michael Gove has announced that the new School Direct ITT programme will start this September.
School Direct will allow schools to train graduates for the subjects and phases in which they need teachers, and in the way they want them trained. They will also be allowed to decide which university or Teaching School partnership they want to work with.
Some 900 School Direct places have been allocated this year, with allocations prioritised towards outstanding schools with experience of high-quality ITT. The DfE says that the programme will be opened to all schools over the next few years.
Michael Gove has also announced the expansion of the Teach First programme, which allows graduates with a 2:1 or above to train in disadvantaged schools. Earlier this year the House of Commons Select Education Committee raised concerns that the expansion of school-based ITT could lead to teachers being less well-equipped to teach in a variety of schools; however, Mr Gove wants more than half of ITT places to be based in schools by the end of the current parliament.