Nottingham Trent University's School of Education leads the way as School Direct takes off

Cutting edge work by teacher training experts at Nottingham Trent University has been praised by a leading educationalist.

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The training environment in schools is changing rapidly

Cutting edge work by teacher training experts at Nottingham Trent University has been praised by a leading educationalist.

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, singled out work by the University's School of Education for praise as the School Direct initiative begins to gain momentum across the country.

He paid tribute to Nottingham Trent University academics for their work with secondary and primary schools as he outlined how the new system for teacher training built on existing relationships.

The School Direct programme operates across England and offers two main options to graduates:

  • An employment-based route for those with three years' work experience, earning while they train
  • A fee-paying option that places trainees in a school while they are training.

Successful completion at Nottingham Trent University leads to both a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and qualified teacher status (QTS).

Speaking during the Northern England Education Conference, Mr Taylor described the appetite for schools to become involved in initial teacher training as "staggering".

In its first year, bids were made for 1,000 places, the following year it was more than 9,000 and this year schools had asked for 17,700 places, including an increase in primary bids from 3,400 to 6,900.

Nottingham Trent University academics had worked in close partnership with local schools such as Greenwood Dale, Redhill Academy, Minster School and Cotgrave Candleby Lane to create bespoke, cutting-edge programmes, according to Mr Taylor who added that School Direct was helping to strengthen these links even further.

Dr Gill Scott, Dean of the School of Education, said the shift towards schools recruiting graduates and then providing training relied on strong relationships with providers such as Nottingham Trent University.

"We have always had a strong partnership with schools in our region so were well placed to develop a strong collaborative offer when School Direct was introduced.

"Credit must go to the dedication and commitment of the team at Nottingham Trent University and the teams in partner schools as we continue to develop programmes which suit the needs of individual schools in a rapidly developing training environment."

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Nottingham Trent University's School of Education leads the way as School Direct takes off

Published on 27 January 2014
  • Category: Press; Nottingham Institute of Education

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