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ITT Market Review 

The ITT Market Review recommendations pose a significant risk to teacher supply and teacher quality.

Under the proposals, small, school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) providers, such as King Edward’s Consortium, may be forced either to dilute the quality of our exceptional provision or exit the market.

King Edward’s Consortium is the no.1 SCITT in the country. The loss of our exceptionally high quality provision, focused strategically around shortage secondary subjects (including Classics) will be felt throughout the city of Birmingham and beyond.

The ITT Market Review report appears to express a clear preference for large providers, with contracted ‘delivery partners’ operating at a local level. Whilst the report states that SCITT provision has a place in the proposed system, at the same time it implicitly threatens the unique quality of our work, especially the recruitment and training of exceptional teachers from diverse backgrounds.

We do not suggest that the system of initial teacher education in England is perfect. We support the quality requirements set out in the review, but we believe that the report’s suggestions for their practical implementation have the potential to disrupt and damage teacher supply and children’s education for years to come. There are simple, less destructive ways of bringing about change.

In this we stand with NASBTT, the Chartered College of Teaching, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and the Russell Group.

You can read our full response to the ITT Market Review consultation here.