Ucet calls for breakdown of teacher training data

The government has been accused of preventing a “timely and legitimate analysis” of data on next year’s teacher training places.

November 6, 2013

In a letter to David Laws, minister of state for schools, James Noble-Rogers, executive director of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Ucet) says his organisation is “extremely concerned” that a breakdown of allocations for 2014-15 has not been released.

He says the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) had withheld both a breakdown by either “phase or secondary subject” and individual providers’ allocations following the release of provisional figures on 1 November.

“This information has been published as a matter of course in the past,” he writes. “The only apparent reason it should now be kept secret is to prevent a timely and legitimate analysis of data before allocations are finalised.

“It should not be necessary in an open democracy for Ucet or anyone else to resort to legislation to obtain information of this kind.”

He adds that he is submitting a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act for the release of figures, should the NCTL fail to relent and provide the data.

Mr Noble-Rogers also says the allocation of places – which have showed a 14.5 per cent drop in core numbers going to university providers – shows the Department for Education had failed to take into account “pragmatic and constructive” suggestions made by Ucet in previous letters and in evidence to MPs. He writes that this was in spite of the fact that the suggestions “appeared to be welcomed at the time”.

In response, the DfE said that detailed allocations – including a breakdown by subject – will be published “in the next few weeks once they have been confirmed by universities and schools”.

“School Direct is proving very popular with both trainees and schools. Last year three candidates applied for every School Direct place, compared with 1.8 applicants per place in universities,” a DfE spokesperson said.

“Universities remain integral to teacher training. Higher education institutions are involved in 82 per cent of teacher training overall.”

john.elmes@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Worried man wiping forehead
Two academics explain how to beat some of the typical anxieties associated with a doctoral degree

Felipe Fernández-Armesto takes issue with a claim that the EU has been playing the sovereignty card in Brexit negotiations

Kenny Dalglish

Agnes Bäker and Amanda Goodall have found that academics who are happiest at work have a head of department who is a distinguished researcher. How can such people be encouraged into management?

A group of flamingos and a Marabou stork

A right-wing philosopher in Texas tells John Gill how a minority of students can shut down debates and intimidate lecturers – and why he backs Trump

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate