27 November 2008

New Inquiry into Teacher Training

The Children, Schools and Families Committee is to undertake an inquiry into Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers. Written submissions are invited for the inquiry. The terms of reference are as follows:

Measuring quality

  • the extent to which there is an evidence base for and shared sense of what makes for good quality teaching; and
  • the ways in which the quality of teaching can be measured.

Entry into the teaching profession

  • the characteristics of those who are most likely to be good teachers and the extent to which they are reflected in current entry requirements for ITT;
  • the appropriateness of the way in which trainee numbers and trainee quality are prioritised in the management of training places at national level;
  • whether the current range of routes into teaching is effective in attracting and developing those with the qualifications, skills and attributes to become good teachers;
  • the adequacy of current measures to improve the diversity of the teaching profession; and
  • the extent to which existing ITT provision adequately prepares trainees for entry into the teaching profession, whether they intend to teach in primary schools, secondary schools, early years settings or further education settings. (Comments are particularly welcome on whether provision meets the needs of new teachers in working with pupils with special education needs and of new teachers based in schools operating in more challenging circumstances).

The delivery of ITT

  • the extent to which the current ITT system encourages innovation and diversity in approaches to ITT;
  • the role of higher education institutions in relation to ITT and the extent to which they make a distinctive contribution to provision;
  • whether the current nature of partnership working between schools and higher education institutions in the delivery of ITT is sustainable;
  • the adequacy of development opportunities for those involved in the delivery of ITT, including those who are based in higher education institutions, schools and other settings; and
  • the role of educational research in informing ITT provision.

CPD provision

  • whether current CPD provision for new teachers, experienced teachers and head teachers supports and enhances their practice in school and, if so, to what extent; and
  • the adequacy of current arrangements for tracking the impact of and spending on CPD provision.

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by noon on Monday 2 February 2009.

Please note

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and marked "Teacher Training Inquiry". The Committee's strong preference is for submissions in electronic form, although hard copy originals will be accepted and should be sent to Susan Ramsay, Committee Assistant, at:

Children, Schools and Families Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

Each submission should:

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length;
  • begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
  • have numbered paragraphs; and
  • (if in electronic form) be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please supply a postal address so a copy of the Committee's report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/witnessguide.pdf

Please also note that:

  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • The Committee does not normally investigate individual cases.