ASCL comment on Ofsted’s teacher training report

19/05/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s report ‘Teaching teachers during Covid-19’. 
 
Commenting on Ofsted’s report ‘Teaching teachers during Covid-19’, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Like everybody else, teacher training providers, and trainees, have faced an extremely challenging time during the pandemic. We are pleased to see Ofsted highlighting the good work that has taken place in providing training remotely and in supporting the wellbeing of trainees.
 
“However, despite the best efforts of providers, there have obviously been constraints on direct classroom experience. Ofsted makes the point that trainees are therefore likely to need additional support in their first year as newly qualified teachers.
 
“This will represent another pressure on schools, alongside other demands such as education recovery programmes.
 
“It is imperative that the government recognises the extent of the challenges schools will face and does not overload them with various demands and initiatives, as it has a tendency to do.
 
“There is food for thought too in Ofsted’s finding that too few providers have a sufficiently ambitious teacher training curriculum, and this will clearly need to be an area of increased focus given the vital importance of ensuring that prospective teachers receive the best possible preparation for the classroom.”