Initial Teacher Education report published

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The Education and Training Foundation publishes today its third annual report on Initial Teacher Education (ITE).   This looks at the 2014/2015 academic year.

It is clear that people often undergo ITE as part of a career change, or adding teaching to an existing technical profession.

  • The typical learner studies part-time while in-service (so teaching and training alongside each other).
  • The average age has stayed around 37, and around 83% of learners taking Diplomas or PGCEs were previously qualified to level 4 or above.

The key qualifications for someone to teach in FE are the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) and the PGCE (sometimes a Level 5 in FE and sometimes a traditional Level 7), but many learners also take awards (Level 3) or certificates (Level 4).

  • Just over 40,500 learners enrolled on a teacher training course in FE in 2014/15.
  • Of those, 11,690 took a DET or PGCE.

There has been a big drop in the number of learners enrolling on awards and certificates between 2013/14 and 2014/15. The number of enrolments on awards fell by 29% while the number of enrolments on certificates fell by 66%. The DET and PGCE however have remained relatively stable since 2012/13.

Women entering full-time employment in FE teaching roles in 2014/15 earned £1,750 less than men. Other research by the Foundation suggests this is due to the subject taught, with men being more likely to teach better remunerated subjects.

The market for qualifications has changed little since the report.

  • There have been some minor changes around a continued downward trend in the number of awarding organisations, but reduced market concentration by City & Guilds and Pearson.
  • There has been an increase in the numbers of learners at the top three HEIs delivering PGCEs, and a continued fall in HEIs delivering the Level 5 DET but more delivering the Level 7 PGCE.
  • There are no longer any grade 3 HEIs delivering initial teacher education (this is the only part of HEIs that Ofsted inspects).
  • There has been a continued drop-off in the numbers of providers delivering initial teacher education, but it is likely that these are mostly private training providers delivering the Level 3 awards.

ETF has just produced renewed guidance for the main qualification (the Diploma in Education and Training – DET) for teachers in the FE sector . The guidance was produced in consultation with sector membership bodies and awarding organisations.

Read the ITE report.


For more information, contact: 

Stephen Cox, Head of Strategic Communications

stephen.cox@etfoundation.co.uk | 020 3740 8280

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