Random question but the right forum to ask. Is the quality of student teachers slipping? Over the past couple of years the student teachers we have received have really been poor. Back in the day when I started teaching I used to plan a weeks worth of lessons, resource them and then forward these to the teaching staff for feedback / quality to make sure they were fine. But the past few we have had have been unprepared, lazy and I certainly wouldn’t like my children to be taught by them. We had one girl who had severe mental health problems, how she slipped through the net I don’t know. I’d understand if you got the odd student teacher who was chaotic but we have had six on the bounce now who have been shocking. We are thinking about changing the uni / provider of where we get them. I tried to weigh this up, yes there is a recruitment crisis are the majority of good quality students going to careers elsewhere? It’s understandable really ..... are more unsuitable candidates getting through the net? It’s really food for thought.