ATL comment on HEPI report of teacher training

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Press release
27 April 2017 by ATL Media Office
Commenting on the Higher Education Policy Institute’s (HEPI) report ‘Whither Teacher Education and Training?’, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

The HEPI report makes some interesting recommendations about how we can get out of the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. We certainly recognise the confusion that the plethora of routes into the profession is causing potential entrants. The only way to address this is to work together to respond to the recruitment crisis, rather than ideological focus on particular training approaches.

“Addressing retention within the profession is also key. In 2014, the OECD found that UK teachers rank second from bottom in terms of their longevity in the classroom, with the average experience level of a British teacher being 12 years. Ending the constant reform in schools’ policy, and addressing working conditions, especially workload, will help.

“ATL is interested in the report’s view on ‘forgiveable fees’ as we believe that the current bursary scheme does not offer good value for money. In fact, a recent survey of ATL Future, ATL’s trainee and newly qualified members, showed that 86.1% thought that such a scheme would be more of an incentive to remain in the profession than bursaries.”


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