Ofsted has announced it is to revise the way it assesses initial teacher education partnerships as part of a drive to raise standards.
The inspection body will introduce a two-staged approach to inspecting partnerships. The first of these is to focus on the impact of the training on candidates' teaching at the end of their course, judging how well trainees meet professional standards.
A second stage will focus on teachers' ability to handle the demands of the classroom, focussing on how prepared candidates are to manage behaviour and discipline.
In January, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw said his organisation had not been demanding enough in inspecting initial teacher education. He pledged to be tougher on partnerships, as well as institutions, that do not provide adequate support to those who are new to teaching.
Ofsted is to focus on ensuring the partnership includes schools and colleges which need good teachers. Particular attention will be paid to those in challenging circumstances, or which require improvement.
A greater emphasis is to be placed on the quality of trainees, newly-qualified teachers and former trainees. Overall effectiveness will be judged on direct observations of candidates' teaching.
Professional dress and conduct will come under greater scrutiny and inspection guidance will be enhanced to include the quality and effectiveness of training when it comes to managing pupils' and students' behaviour.
Sean Harford, Ofsted national director for initial teacher training, said: "Too often newly qualified teachers enter the classroom ill-prepared for the challenges of teaching pupils. If they are to succeed then they need the continued support of middle and senior managers after their training. Our more rigorous way of inspecting will help make sure that teachers are better prepared when they enter the teaching profession."
Ofsted inspects training which leads to qualified teacher status for maintained schools and further education teacher training that has been validated by higher education institutions. It aims to ensure those in teaching jobs are ready for the demands of the classroom when term begins in September each year.
A revised inspection framework will take effect from June 2014, following an initial consultation process.
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