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New advisory group to support initial teacher training review

Sir Andrew Carter appoints 5 experts to support his review of the quality and effectiveness of initial teacher training courses.

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In May the former Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, appointed Sir Andrew Carter OBE, Headteacher of South Farnham School, leader of a school-centred initial teacher training (ITT) provider and ITT lead on the Teaching Schools Council, to chair an independent review of the quality and effectiveness of ITT courses.

The review will look across the full range of ITT courses and will seek views from those involved across the sector to:

  • define effective ITT practice
  • assess the extent to which the current system delivers effective ITT
  • recommend where and how improvements could be made
  • recommend ways to improve choice in the system by improving the transparency of course content and methods

To support him in his work Sir Andrew Carter appointed a review panel comprising a diverse range of expertise in June. The group will provide expertise and support in developing the review’s conclusions and recommendations.

Members of the group are:

  • Professor Samantha Twiselton, Director of the Sheffield Institute for Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sir Daniel Moynihan, CEO of the Harris Federation
  • Dr Louise Walker, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Peer Mentor Co-ordinator in the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester
  • Judith O’Kane OBE, Executive Principal of Melland High School and Director of Education at Bright Futures Educational Trust
  • Daisy Christodoulou, Research and development manager at ARK

The review is expected to be reported to the Secretary of State for Education by the end of the year.

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Published 24 July 2014