Initial Teacher Training Market Review Debate

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Department: Department for Education

Initial Teacher Training Market Review

Lord Knight of Weymouth Excerpts
Wednesday 14th April 2021

(3 weeks, 6 days ago)

Lords Chamber

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Department for Education

Asked by

Lord Knight of Weymouth Portrait Lord Knight of Weymouth
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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they have undertaken with providers about the market review of initial teacher training.

Baroness Berridge Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Department for International Trade (Baroness Berridge) (Con)
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My Lords, the initial teacher training market review is focused on how the sector can provide consistently high-quality training in a more effective and efficient market. An expert advisory group has been appointed to make recommendations to the Government. Ian Bauckham is the review chair and has held early discussions with ITT network chairs and others. We have committed to wider sector engagement in late spring, and your Lordships are the first to be told that we are now going to conduct a public consultation on final proposals before they are implemented.

Lord Knight of Weymouth Portrait Lord Knight of Weymouth (Lab) [V]
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My Lords, I thank the Minister for her Answer and welcome the latter part of it in particular. I also remind the House of my education interests in the register. I hope that this review is truly independent, unlike the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. So far, it appears to have alienated virtually every provider of teacher training in the country, with the likes of our top universities now questioning whether they will continue with initial teacher training because of the potential infringement on their academic freedoms and issues of financial viability. Can the Minister assure the House, in the context of that consultation, that the evidence and principles upon which the review might proceed will be properly consulted on so that, as a sector, we can properly debate how the service of teacher training might be revised in future?

Baroness Berridge Portrait Baroness Berridge (Con)
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My Lords, the review chair Ian Bauckham is a man of great integrity who has conducted a number of tasks for the department, so we have every confidence that he will engage widely with and receive views from across the sector. The core content framework is a structure, so the curriculum is developed by universities and therefore academic freedom is retained.