Here is the untold story from The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) of how Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers, like ourselves, have completely altered delivery models for our current trainees. Diane Swift, Director here at Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education, features in the article and highlights how our programme adjustments were established to support our Associate Teachers (ATs) in being able to demonstrate that they continue to be on track to meet the Teachers’ Standards and so secure their award of QTS.
"It is just over two weeks since the government announced that schools would be closed to the majority of pupils for a prolonged period of time.
an untold story is the efforts of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers who have responded to confirmation that they will be able to award QTS at the end of a programme in the normal way, based on the trainee’s trajectory at the point their programme was interrupted.
In only a matter of days ITT providers have had to completely change their delivery models for current trainees as well as overhauling all processes for recruitment and interviews – and they are pulling out all the stops to make things work. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight what they and their trainees are doing during these challenging times to ensure that we continue to provide a flow of new teachers into the profession by shining a spotlight on their hard work, which goes above and beyond the norm."
KNSTE featured in the article:
“In the light of exceptional circumstances with respect to the Covid-19 situation, the safety and wellbeing of the SCITT community and partner schools were our highest priorities as we rapidly implemented reasonable alternatives to replace face-to-face sessions and school placements. The following programme adjustments were established to support our Associate Teachers (ATs) in being able to demonstrate that they continue to be on track to meet the Teachers’ Standards and so secure their award of QTS:
- A clear programme of professional enquiries that relate to the knowledge that underpins the Teachers’ Standards.
- A subject knowledge programme, so that ATs continue to develop their own curriculum understanding and the appreciation of the significance of this.
- Weekly group tutorials to share teaching experiences so that each AT widens their understanding, by contributing to discussions and learning from others.
- Weekly Zoom-teach opportunities. These enable our ATs to continue to develop their practice and pedagogy. We have used a metacognitive framework called Thinking Moves: https://dialogueworks.co.uk/thinking-moves/. Each week the ATs either teach in relation to a move and a subject or co-analyse the teacheing of others, so that they continue to develop both their teaching and their reflective capabilities.
- One-to-one contact from PTs to ATs each week with a focus on wellbeing and progress through set tasks from the Zoom Tutorial and Adjusted Timetable Guide timetable.
- Support for the final assignment included in the weekly online group tutorial and the revised reading list to include online sources.
- Alternative enquiries have been provided for Lesson Study, Switch on Reading, Post Key Stage experience, Phonics and Safeguarding.
- ATs are maintaining PSHE, Behaviour and Ethics enquires online and in discussion with their tutor and colleagues.
- A new enquiry was created for British Values.
- Specialism tutors crafted enriched curriculum knowledge using online group work and associated tasks.”
Diane Swift, Director, Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education