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Recruitment for most primary school-based ITT is shut from today

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TheoGriff, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Schools warn of more teacher shortages as recruitment to most primary training courses is closed

    Recruitment for the majority of primary school-based initial teacher training was shut by the government today, Saturday 13th February, leaving schools warning of looming shortages for 2017

    Primary headteachers – who rely on "grow your own" trainees to staff their classrooms – have been told to stop recruiting them. Some warn the results could be "disastrous", as they have yet to recruit the numbers they need this year .

    The news comes just two days after the Department for Education was damned by the National Audit Office for its handling of the teacher recruitment crisis.

    From today all primary training providersoutside London that have taken on at least 75 per cent of last year’s numbers have had to stop recruiting trainees on to fee-charging School Direct or SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) schemes.

    Jo Palmer-Tweed, executive director of Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, which covers 128 schools, said: “The closure of primary recruitment to teacher training is potentially disastrous for our region. Our data shows that a large number of our schools will be unable to recruit the staff they need as a result."

    The closures come because of a new goverment approach under which allocations for individual training providers have been scrapped. Instead there has been a free for all this year, with providers allowed to recruit as many trainees as they need until a national limit is reached.

    National cap
    That national cap has now been met and, from today, only providers in London or those yet to fill their minimum numbers, can continue recruiting. There are still places available on salaried School Direct routes. University PGCE primary courses closed last month.

    Some heads are particularly concerned because they say that recruiting through SCITTs is the only way they can guarantee the new teachers they need.

    Rupert Snow, head of Hamstel Junior School in Southend which is part of the Essex and Thames primary SCITT, said: “Locally it is getting increasingly difficult to recruit within the Southend area and south-east Essex as a whole.

    “Teachers aren’t travelling, when I finished I moved from Sunderland to London to get a job. People aren’t doing that now.

    “We have a quite substantial need for NQTs within South-east Essex and to not have them available is quite concerning. We recruit from our SCITT and other SCITTs."

    Ms Palmer-Tweed says her SCITT will have just 69 students in 2016 but her schools need at least 170.

    Greater 'flexibility'
    A Department for Education spokesperson said: "We want all schools to be able to recruit high-quality teachers, and attracting more top graduates into the profession across the country is a key part of this. As part of our nationwide recruitment drive, we have put in place a new system for initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

    "This is in response to feedback from the sector, and will give schools and universities much greater flexibility to recruit the best trainees, while reducing bureaucracy for providers.

    “Primary is a popular subject and recruitment has been rapid, which is a very encouraging sign. We have been clear from the outset that we will apply controls, where required, in certain subjects to avoid over-recruitment.”
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2016
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    You'll note the VERY good timing - Saturday morning at the beginning of half term.

    Bes wishes

    sabrinakat and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  3. maggieDD

    maggieDD New commenter

    Yes - I am acutely aware of that!
    So on a serious note, what exactly are the Tories overall intentions with all these cuts/changes, etc?
  4. maggieDD

    maggieDD New commenter

    I cannot find any this information anywhere else online - please could you let me know the source?
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    Best wishes

  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    My admissions team say that the system works great for the DofE and UCAS. They have got their numbers, their applications have been through the system and everyone from students to providers have crammed a year of interviews and applications into three months.
    I should point out that it isn't good for students, schools or providers - or localised provision, needs or anything else. But it is good for the mandarins at UCAS and the DofE. We aren't the only ones measured by the wrong statistics it seems.
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  7. maggieDD

    maggieDD New commenter

    Has it been released anywhere else?
  8. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    ITT providers were told on Friday. NCTL does have a 'recruitment update' page on its website but (typically) it doesn't seem to have updated. I presume UCAS will mark Primary core and fee paying courses as closed, if the provider has recruited to 75%.
  9. whitesnow21c

    whitesnow21c New commenter

    I have applied for primary PGCE in St. Mary's in January. Is there a point of waiting?
  10. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Never wait. Call the admissions team today and they will update you. Or you can email. They will be helpful and supportive and set out your options.

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