Great teachers - written and oral evidence

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Further information on the Education Committee's inquiry into Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best    

Initial inquiry
In July 2011 the Education Committee undertook an inquiry into Attracting, training and retaining the best teachers

Great teachers, attracting, training and retaining the best: Written evidence

The Committee accepted as evidence 63 written submissions from a wide range of individuals and organisations: some of these were accepted as written evidence, others were taken as background papers.

Oral evidence sessions

The Committee has taken evidence on seven occasions, as follows

9 November 2011 - the views and experiences of teacher trainers  

Witnesses: Stephen Hillier, Chief Executive, and Dr Michael Day, Executive Director of Training, TDA; Dr Michael Evans, Deputy head of the faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; Dr John Moss, Dean of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University; Martin Thompson, Principal, The Pilgrim Partnership; Kay Truscott-Howell, Course Director, Billericay Educational Consortium and Amanda Timberg, Director of Leadership Development, Teach First   

23 November 2011 - community and research perspectives

Witnesses: David Butler OBE, Chief Executive, PTA-UK: Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors' Association; Andrew Jones, Assistant Director, Sheffield City Council; Professor Peter Tymms, Head of the School of Education, Durham University; Sir Peter Lampl OBE, Chairman, The Sutton Trust; Professor John Howson, Director, and Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford; Professor Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education Research, University of Birmingham; and Kevin Mattinson, Pro-Vice Channcellor and Head of Teacher Education, Keele University

7 December 2011 - representative bodies and teacher unions

Witnesses: Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Chair, Teacher Education Advisory Group; James Noble-Rogers, Executive Director, and Dr Jacquie Nunn, Policy and Liaison Officer, UCET, Christine Blower, General Secretary, NUT; Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary, ATL; Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT and Malcolm Trobe, Deputy General Secretary, ASCL

25 January 2012 - professional development for teachers

Witnesses: Professor Chris Robertson, Head of the Institute of Education, University of Worcester; Alison Kitson, Institute of Education, University of London; Mark Powell, Executive Director, Product Development, RICS; Mark Protherough, Executive Director, Learning and Professional Development, ICAEW; Christine Williams, Head of Global Membership, CIPD; Dr Raphael Wilkins, President, Matthew Martin, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, and Professor Derek Bell, Professor of Education, College of Teachers

22 February 2012 - Teaching Councils and Ofsted

Witnesses: Alan Meyrick, Chief Executive, GTCE; Tony Finn, Chief Executive, GTCS; Jean Humphrys, Interim Director, Development, Education and Care and Angela Milner, Principal Officer, Development, Initial Teacher Education, Ofsted

5 March 2012 - school leaders and teacher trainers in Yorkshire
This session took place in the York Guildhall as part of a visit to Yorkshire, where the Committee also had lunch with trainee teachers, visited two schools, and met with a number of local heads and teachers.

Witnesses: Trevor Burton, Head, Millthorpe School; Anna Cornhill, Head, Scarcroft Primary School; Richard Ludlow, Head, Robert Wilkinson Primary School; Steve Smith, Head, Fulford School; Mike Hickman, Head of ITE, York St John University; Paula Mountford, Director of ITT, York University and Sarah Trussler, Head of Primary Eaducation, Leeds Trinity University College

14 March 2012 - Government policy on teacher training and supply

Witnesses: Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools