Education news 

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Trainee teachers can qualify based on their progress

As the Covid pandemic continues to disrupt the Education system, new guidance has outlined that trainee teachers, unable to complete their courses, will once again be able to achieve qualified teacher status based on their progress.

The new guidance from the Department of Education states that initial teacher training providers will be able to recommend trainees for qualified teacher status (QTS) if they are “satisfied that the trainee has demonstrated adequate progress towards meeting the teachers’ standards during their course, and would have met them, were it not for disruption relating to coronavirus”.

This change brings things in line with those put in place last year, in response to disruption to Initial teacher training (ITT) caused by the first lockdown. 

The DofE made it clear that providers should not recommend trainees for QTS if they feel they are not ready, or have “not yet been able to demonstrate adequate progress towards meeting the teachers’ standards”. The department also commented that course run by ITT's should still remain as “comprehensive as possible”.

The rule change is subject to parliamentary approval, and is scheduled to be laid before Parliament in the spring.

Another change, that may be brought into effect, is that ITTs will allow trainees to undertake practical teaching experience outside the UK - due to the impact of Covid. However, the DofE has said this may be difficult to do.