D6 - Paula Mountford (York) and John Trafford (Huddersfield); Minority ethnic recruitment and retention - lessons from the Teachers for the 21st Century project in Yorkshire and the Humber
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D6 - Paula Mountford (York) and John Trafford (Huddersfield); Minority ethnic recruitment and retention - lessons from the Teachers for the 21st Century project in Yorkshire and the Humber

D6 - Paula Mountford (York) and John Trafford (Huddersfield); Minority ethnic recruitment and retention - lessons from the Teachers for the 21st Century project in Yorkshire and the Humber

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  • 1. Teachers for the 21st Century
    - an example of inter-institutional collaboration and learning
  • 2. Background
    The TC21 Project is run by a consortium of Yorkshire and Humber universities and funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) to promote the recruitment of students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups into Initial Teacher Training.
  • 3. Why collaborate?
    National agenda
    TDA funding
    Need to share good practice
    Complexities of partnership work in PGCE – One HEI – Many schools
    Opportunity to talk and listen
    Creative space
    Collective strength – in financial terms and knowledge
    SED
    OFSTED
  • 4. Challenges:
    Huddersfield:
    Recruitment to undergraduate primary programme
    Quality of some applications received
    Subject portfolio
    M level work and academic skills
    York:
    TDA Targets
    Applications
    Geographical location
    Small numbers
    School expertise/experience
  • 5. Aims of TC21:
    To provide aspirational role models
    To represent the pupil population
    To provide insight, support and counselling
    To facilitate social inclusion
    To promote cultural diversity
    To help combat racism
    • By identifying student teachers from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds
    • 6. By providing help and support to improve recruitment and retention
    • 7. By developing greater links with the community
    • 8. By recruiting Black and Minority Ethnic teachers as mentors
  • Partners
    Bradford College
    University of Huddersfield
    University of Hull & Scarborough Campus
    University of Leeds
    Leeds Metropolitan University
    Leeds SCITT
    Leeds Trinity University College
    University of Sheffield
    Sheffield Hallam University
    York St John University
    University of York
  • 9. Projects:
    • Advice to individual candidates: routes into teaching, qualifications, applications, interviews, experience etc.
    • 10. Discussion forum
    • 11. Conferences and guest speakers
    • 12. School careers events
    • 13. Workshops and talks for colleagues in HEIs and school partners – raising awareness
    • 14. Working with LEAs & other organisations
    • 15. Train to Teach Careers events
    • 16. University Careers fairs
    • 17. Mentoring project
    • 18. Peer Mentoring support
    • 19. Exit interviews
    • 20. Website
    • 21. Brochure
    • 22. Discussions linked to reviewing promotional materials
    • 23. Discussions linked to reviewing programmes, supporting mentors and school partners
  • Limitations:
    Vision – the initial set up
    Collaboration – individual needs
    Size and Scale
    Engaging all partners
  • 24. Indirect influences:
    Men into Primary PGCE
    Disability – Able to Teach
    Communication and advice across institutions
    Literacy Project – Huddersfield and York working with the NS and TDA
    SED
    OFSTED
  • 25. Links:
    http://tc21.org.uk
    http://multiverse.ac.uk
    a.j.trafford@hud.ac.uk
    pm33@york.ac.uk
    S.Raghavan@education.leeds.ac.uk
  • 26. Sudha Raghavan – TC21 Project Officer
    s.raghavan@education.leeds.ac.uk
    Paula Mountford – Director of Initial Teacher Training, University of York
    pm33@york.ac.uk
    John Trafford – Head of Department of Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development, University of Huddersfield
    a.j.trafford@hud.ac.uk