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University Alliance responds to HEPI report on teacher education and training

Commenting on Whither Teacher Education and Training? published by HEPI, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:

“The recruitment and retention of high quality teachers is essential if we want schools that work for everyone. This report recognises the central role universities play in providing trainee teachers with the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed.

“Alliance universities educate over a quarter of the UK’s trainee teachers and work closely with schools to provide high-quality learning and professional development opportunities for those already in the profession. We are committed to collaborating with schools, other educational partners and government to ensure that the supply of our next generation of inspirational teachers matches demand – particularly in subjects such as maths and science.

“The government should support universities by making 3-5 year allocations so they have planning certainty.”

Notes to editors:

1. Alliance universities educate 27% of trainee teachers in the UK (Source: HESA, 2016, Students in Higher Education 2014/15)

2. The report Whither Teaching Education and Training? published by HEPI is authored by Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University

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