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Inspecting the quality of initial teacher education partnerships

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Angela Milner, HMI, Specialist Adviser for ITE at Ofsted, discusses the inspection process for initial teacher education partners.

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Inspecting the quality of initial teacher education partnerships

  1. 1. Westminster Education Forum Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Angela Milner, HMI Specialist Adviser for ITE Ofsted London 26 June 2018 Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 1
  2. 2. What Ofsted inspects Ofsted is responsible for carrying out ITE inspections of:  all providers of programmes leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) for maintained schools  programmes of further education (FE) teacher training validated by higher education institutions  all providers of programmes leading to early years teacher status (EYTS). Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 2
  3. 3. ITE inspections The inspection of an ITE partnership provides:  an independent external evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of an ITE partnership against a published set of criteria  a diagnosis of what an ITE partnership should do to improve. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 3
  4. 4. Inspections of ITE partnerships  Ofsted inspects ITE partnerships in accordance with the Ofsted ITE inspection framework and ITE inspection handbook.  All ITE partnerships are inspected at least once during an inspection cycle.  The current inspection cycle runs from September 2012 to December 2018. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 4
  5. 5. Key judgements  One key judgement for overall effectiveness  In judging the ITE partnership’s overall effectiveness, inspectors will take account of three key judgements: -outcomes for trainees -the quality of training across the partnership -the leadership and management of the partnership and compliance in relation to statutory ITT criteria and requirements and all relevant legislation. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 5
  6. 6. The current two-stage process Stage 1 inspections focus on:  the quality of training and its impact on trainees’ outcomes at the end of their training. Stage 2 inspections focus on:  newly qualified teachers (NQTs), to see how well their training prepared them for employment. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 6
  7. 7. The ITE, induction, NQT continuum Inspectors evaluate the effectiveness of:  leaders and managers liaison with employing settings, schools and colleges, in the local area/region, in order to promote the high quality induction of NQTs. Inspection reports identify strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:  transition documentation  the quality of support  the quality of liaison with employers. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 7
  8. 8. Primary and secondary ITE inspections in 2017 Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 8
  9. 9. Areas for improvement in primary and secondary ITE inspections in 2017:  the quality of transition documentation and targets  teachers’ standard 5 and particularly trainees’ ability to adapt their teaching to meet pupils’ needs  teachers’ standard 6 using assessment information to maximise pupils’ learning and progress (links to teachers’ standard 2)  subject knowledge, development, curriculum and pedagogy  the accuracy of assessment and final moderation procedures  the analysis of evaluative information to accurately track trainees’ professional development and drive improvements. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 9
  10. 10. Primary and secondary QTS inspections Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 10
  11. 11. Areas for improvement Primary:  narrowness of training in relation to the breadth of the primary curriculum  limited age phase experience, particularly in Reception  limited practical experience in teaching reading and phonics. Secondary:  specific subject training, trainees’ subject knowledge and subject pedagogy  practical experience across age phase of training, particularly key stage 5. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 11
  12. 12. The ITE remit beyond December 2018  Review and discussions about Ofsted’s ITE remit beyond December 2018.  We need to ensure that Ofsted’s ITE remit effectively reflects: − Ofsted’s agreed view of the purpose of inspection − links to Ofsted’s curriculum survey work: do we place sufficient emphasis on inspecting trainees’ subject knowledge and understanding of curriculum development? − links to Ofsted’s education inspection framework (EIF) developments − links to shifts in emphasis in ITE and education policy. Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 12
  13. 13. What should a future framework focus on? Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 13 reports are more useful than grades inspector workforce reducing the burden quality, professional dialogue and support to improve more proportionate and prioritised inspections go beyond the DfE’s teachers’ standards and ITT core content observations of centre- based training the impact of the partnership on the wider educational context dissemination of Ofsted’s findings to the sector Focus on trainees rather than newly qualified teachers (NQTs) of ITE s
  14. 14. Ofsted on the web and on social media www.gov.uk/ofsted http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk www.linkedin.com/company/ofsted www.youtube.com/ofstednews www.slideshare.net/ofstednews www.twitter.com/ofstednews ITE mailbox: ite@ofsted.gov.uk Inspecting the quality of ITE partnerships Slide 14

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