Initial Teacher Education Provision in FE and Skills

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Since 2015, the ETF has published reports bringing together data on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) from a range of different sources to give us a clear picture of the size and shape of teacher training in FE, and an understanding of who is undertaking this training.

The third and most recent report was published in March 2017.

Initial teacher education (ITE) presents a diverse picture in the FE sector, and data has always been difficult to collate.  Training takes places in universities, FE Colleges, and independent training providers, and is accredited by awarding organisations and universities in different combinations.

Findings from the latest report include:

  • 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.

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