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Ofsted begins consultation into teacher training inspections

31/10/2011 Kelly
The schools watchdog Ofsted has published proposals to reform the framework for initial teacher training.

Ofsted is aiming to increase the expectations of teacher training providers in order to help improve the standard of education trainee teachers receive.

The proposals are intended to better prepare teachers with skills such as behaviour management.

Publishing its consultation on the proposals to change the arrangements by which inspections of initial teacher education (ITE) are carried out, Ofsted announced it will introduce the new framework in September 2012.

The Consultation will run until January with Ofsted asking for feedback on the existing ITE inspection arrangements that were introduced in 2008.

Launching the consultation, Ofsted chief inspector Miriam Rosen said that with the quality of teaching so crucial in education, as is the quality of education provided to teachers.

"We hope that changes to the way we inspect initial teacher education will enable inspectors to focus even more on the things that are important," she said.

"Inspection helps to raise standards and ensure the best training is provided. We want more trainees to become good or outstanding teachers and gain employment in schools."

The new proposals suggest that inspections pay greater attention to the selection of trainees and the standard of partnerships ITE providers have with education institutions.

They will focus more on the quality of training and the knowledge and understanding of trainees too.

There are also discussions about including a more thematic element to inspections with the goal of assessing the effectiveness of training teachers for specific subjects and other skills such as behaviour management.

The watchdog is also considering drawing up new plans which would allow it to only give three weeks notice ahead of an inspection, instead of the mandatory eight weeks that it currently must give.

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