Skip to content

Share

  • Add this article to your LinkedIn page
  • Add this article to your Twitter feed
  • Add this article to your Facebook page
  • Email this article
  • View or print a PDF of this page
  • Share further
  • Add this article to your Pinterest board
  • Add this article to your Google page
  • Share this article on Reddit
  • Share this article on StumbleUpon
  • Bookmark this page
PA IN THE MEDIA

No strategic approach to planning the teaching workforce has resulted in a worrying shortfall in recruits

Paul Woodgates

The Guardian

26 March 2015


“University education faculties have had a tough time under the coalition and have missed the certainty of centrally planned and funded initial teacher training that was once their exclusive preserve. The School Direct model has put schools in control of teacher training and Teach First has been remarkably successful in attracting talented graduates through its own alternative route.

There is a good argument that the quality of new entrants to teaching has never been higher but the absence of a strategic approach to planning the teaching workforce has resulted in a worrying shortfall in recruits (17% lower now than five years ago). Education faculties (or those that survive the inevitable market shake-out) should be central to the development of the teaching workforce, playing a key role in enhancing classroom practice through applying research and lessons from international innovations. That will require universities to think innovatively about how they develop teachers in partnership with schools.

It will also require government, of whichever hue or hybrid, to manage the teacher training system so it balances local responsiveness and accountability with the strategic approach that’s needed to develop a world-class teaching workforce.”


Paul Woodgates is a higher education expert at PA Consulting Group

        



For thinking and insights on higher education, click here or contact us now. 




 


Contact the adult social care team

By using this website, you accept the use of cookies. For more information on how to manage cookies, please read our privacy policy. 

×