The Government has confirmed that a new Institute of Teaching is to be established. The aim of the new institution will be to assist teachers and school leaders with training throughout the length of their careers. The Government will fund four regional campuses and these are expected to open in September 2022.
Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, said in a statement:
“When I visit schools around the country, it is clear that the very best combine high standards of pupil behaviour and discipline with a broad knowledge-based and ambitious curriculum, so that every child can learn and flourish.
Our new Institute of Teaching will help equip all teachers to deliver an education like this, by training them in the best, evidence-based practices. The Institute’s cutting-edge approach to teacher training will ensure a new generation of teachers have the expertise they need to level up school standards across the country. Through adding diversity and innovation to the existing teacher development market, the Institute will revolutionise teacher training and make England the best place in the world to train and become a great teacher.”
Although Williamson’s announcement said that his scheme was new, it was first announced by the previous Education Secretary, Justine Greening, when she said in 2017:
“It is an honour to launch the Institute for Teaching and see first-hand how thousands of teachers will benefit from these new training opportunities. We want to ensure every child can reach their potential, wherever they are growing up and great teachers are at the heart of this.
I want high-quality professional development to be a fundamental part of a teacher’s career and these new programmes – backed by government funding – will give them the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to provide a world class education for all children.”
James Noble-Rogers, the Executive Director of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers, said:
“We do not see the case for investing a substantial amount of scarce public money in a new Institute for Teaching, especially in the current economic climate. The Institute will not lead to a net increase in new teachers as those recruited would simply be taken from existing high quality providers, potentially threatening their viability. Neither is there any evidence that it will improve the synergy between ITE and early and ongoing professional development, something which UCET has been arguing for years.”