Essex County Council’s ‘inadequate’ teacher training scheme to close

Education: Primary / Sun 25th Sep 2022 am30 09:20am

A TEACHER training programme provided by Essex County Council is set to be closed down after it was deemed inadequate by Ofsted reports the Local Democracy Reporter.

Essex County Council cabinet is set agree that the council close its initial teacher training programme by September 2022 and does not seek to renew the Department for Education (DfE) accreditation for the council to continue to be a teacher training provider from September 2024.

Essex Teacher Training, provided by Essex County Council, is a large provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in the Eastern Region providing training in the three to 11 primary-age range and in the 11 to 16 and 14 to 19 secondary-age ranges. There are 110 schools in the partnership – led by Academies Enterprise Trust, Chipping Hill Primary in Witham, Clockhouse Primary in Romford, The Eastwood Academy in Southend, Merrylands Primary School in Basildon, Old Ford Primary Academy in Tower Hamlets, Ortu Corringham Primary, St Alban’s Catholic Academy in Harlow, St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary in Colchester, Tidemill Academy in Deptford, Woodside Academy in Grays.

ITT allows Essex County Council to train teachers so that they qualify for qualified teacher status. This can be delivered by a school direct programme or a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). It works in partnership with Teaching School Hubs, Multi-Academy Trusts, and individual schools to offer school-based routes into teaching through School Direct and School Centred Initial Teacher Training provision.

In total, there were 130 trainees registered on the programme for 2021/22, 74 in primary schools, 65 in secondary schools, three in all through schools and four in special schools. To date 36 trainees have applied for a place from September 2022 even though there needs to be 93 trainees for it to be financially viable.

Given Ofsted deemed the service to be inadequate, Essex County Council acknowledges that will further impact the number of new recruits further rendering its viability. A report published in May after an inspection in February said trainees receive a very uneven quality of teacher training, their experience is too dependent on the strengths and weaknesses of their placement schools and partnership schools have not made clear what all trainees will learn.

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2 Comments for Essex County Council’s ‘inadequate’ teacher training scheme to close:

David Forman
2022-09-25 10:04:45

Failure is guaranteed when "partnership schools have not made clear what all trainees will learn."

2022-09-25 12:50:09

Can government be trusted to do anything, just what do we get for the outrageous taxes we pay apart from richer politicians and senior public sector

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