Proposals to drive up training standards for teachers

14 July 2021

Trainee teachers could benefit from new, high-quality training courses as part of Government proposals to drive up standards of teacher training.

It has launched, with details available at, a consultation on recommendations from a review of the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) market, led by Ian Bauckham and an expert panel.

Mr Bauckham is chairman of the ITT Market Review Expert Advisory Group, CEO of Tenax Schools Trust and chairman of Oak National Academy.

His recommendations include a new accreditation process, new intensive school placements and high-quality mentoring for trainees, intended to support the Government’s commitment to providing a high-quality education for every young person, wherever they live.

Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb said: “Supporting our teachers with the highest quality training and professional development is the best way in which we can improve pupil outcomes and is central to the Government’s levelling up agenda. We want this country to be the best place to become a great teacher and that starts with high-quality initial teacher training.”

The consultation seeks views from interested parties on proposed changes to improve the quality of teacher training courses, such as:

  • new intensive school placements

  • new lead mentor role and specialist training for mentors so they can provide high-quality support to trainees

  • rigorous quality assurance arrangements across ITT partnerships to ensure a high-quality experience for every trainee

  • accrediting all ITT providers based on the new quality requirements

  • utilising teaching school hubs to support training providers, especially locally and in disadvantaged communities.

Mr Bauckham said: “I am delighted that this report reflects the importance of giving all teachers initial training which is more than ever informed by evidence, and where all aspects of the training experience are brought into ever greater coherence.”

The deadline for responding to the consultation is 22 August 2021.