Teacher training providers to make pass judgements

The Department fo Education has said it will enable ITT providers to make judgements on trainees based on assessments already completed and each trainee’s current trajectory of progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.

Trainees making progress towards the Teachers' Standards should be recommended for QTS, where the ITT provider judges that the trainee would have completed their ITT course successfully.

For those trainees not judged to be making adequate progress and who were unlikely to have met the Teachers’ Standards by the end of their ITT course, the DfE is working on guidance.

National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) Executive Director Emma Hollis said: "We are pleased, and for the sake of future teacher recruitment, relieved, to finally receive official confirmation that ITT providers will be able to award QTS at the end of a programme in the normal way, based on the trainee’s trajectory at the point their programme was interrupted. This is the most pragmatic and sensible way forward, recognising the hard work and progress already made by the trainees, whilst simultaneously protecting the flow of new entrants into the profession for September.
"We recommend that trainees are offered alternative activities which will further their professional development, such as subject knowledge development, academic reading and research, access to online professional development modules, planning and assessment tasks. Trainees may also have opportunities to support virtual learning platforms for their placement schools."