Cambridge University could cut teacher training courses



Cambridge University will cut its teacher training courses if the government goes ahead with proposals to overhaul the system.

He asked the government to help him develop an alternative path in the training of primary and secondary teachers or he will stop organizing the courses, which train up to 350 students per year.

The recommendations are aimed at strengthening quality standards for initial teacher training courses, the government said, including a new accreditation process, new intensive school placements and high-quality mentoring for trainees.

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The re-accreditation process and standardized format could have a significant impact or even destroy existing relationships between universities and schools, critics say. It would be replaced by large-group internships and mentoring programs, said The Guardian.

One of the main concerns of the university is the impact of the government’s decision on people from “rural or disadvantaged communities”.

A spokesperson for the University of Cambridge said: “Many universities have a social mission to support their local communities and have long-standing partnerships with schools, including those in rural or disadvantaged communities, covering a wide area. geographical.

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“The University of Cambridge is currently working with around 250 such partner schools.

“In addition to offering high quality work placements to interns, these schools are involved in all elements of the course, including teaching, recruitment and assessment.

“If universities withdraw from [Institute of Technical Education], the supply of teachers provided by these partnerships will be lost.

“Additionally, it will mean that interns will no longer be able to nurture and guide talented and bright young people in under-represented fields to further study at a top university.”

The Cambridge statement comes as the University of Oxford and many others are issuing statements saying they will support Cambridge in their choice to end the program.

A spokesperson for the University of Oxford said: “We support the goal of promoting high quality teacher education, but do not believe this is the way to achieve such a goal and have called on the government to suspend the consultation.

“This would provide an opportunity to engage in a genuine dialogue with teacher education providers, including the University of Oxford, to explore other ways to promote high quality provision.”

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: “Supporting our teachers with the highest quality training and professional development is the best way to improve student outcomes and is at the heart of the upgrading program. government.

“We want this country to be the best place to become a great teacher and that starts with high quality initial teacher education.

“The proposed changes would build on the ambitious reforms the government has implemented to create a golden thread of training, support and professional development, informed by high-quality evidence, that will run through every phase of a career. of a teacher. “

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