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Inquiry on the supply of teachers


1. The higher education sector is committed to the renewal of the teaching profession through provision of excellent initial teacher training programmes which produce the teachers that our education system needs.

2. Among Universities UK’s membership are the executive heads of 64 higher education institutions with provision in initial teacher training and education in England. Historically, higher education institutions have been responsible for over 85% of teacher supply. Recent policy changes have reduced this figure substantially but collectively, universities, working with schools, directly recruited 57% of entrants to ITT programmes in 2015–16 (19,001 students) and were involved in the education and training of a substantial proportion of trainee teachers in the School Direct routes, again in close partnership with schools.

3. Universities have a long-standing record of training and delivering tens of thousands of trainee teachers each year, working with partner schools to ensure their trainees are classroom-ready. Universities are therefore a fundamental partner within the teacher education landscape in England, housing significant levels of expertise within faculties, which are staffed predominantly by qualified and experienced teachers.

4. Whilst the change in the ITT delivery model towards a school-led system has helped strengthen many university-school partnerships, the pace of this change has created practical difficulties and has, in some circumstances, affected teacher supply.

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