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Education Secretary visits School of Education for teacher training insight

From left to right: Dr Alf Coles, Antonia Lythgoe, Prof. Paul Howard-Jones, Rt Hon Damian Hinds, Ruth Bailey, Jayne Prior, Prof. Bruce Macfarlane PhotoJB

12 April 2018

On Wednesday 11 April 2018, the Rt Hon Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education, visited the School of Education.

The visit was prompted by the Minister’s desire to better understand how to attract people to the profession and retain them following recent statistics which showed teacher recruitment has dropped by a third nationally. The School of Education is bucking this trend with an increase in application numbers for its initial teacher education (ITE) courses, which are ranked ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.

The visit gave students, past and present, the opportunity to discuss their concerns around workload, increased class sizes, initial salaries and wellbeing. Although passionate about teaching and working with children, they urged Mr Hinds to cut the administrative burden of the job. He also met with School partners and academic staff involved in leading the School’s ITE work.

Professor Bruce Macfarlane, Head of School, said “It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to the School of Education. This is a challenging time for initial teacher education nationally but the School of Education is leading the way in showing how to respond through new recruitment strategies and working closely with partners in the supporting school-led provision. 

Damian Hinds, Education Secretary said “Hearing first-hand from the students and staff at the Bristol University School of Education was a great chance to speak to the future teaching profession and hear from those currently doing a great job in the classroom. The visit gave me valuable insight into their thoughts and concerns, including those around teacher workload which I announced last month would be my top priority.

Read the university press release and view photos on the School of Education’s Instagram and Flickr accounts (photo credit PhotoJB).

Further information

Bristol Guide - the essential handbook for educational professionals

The Handbook for Education Professionals: The Bristol Guide is an annual publication produced by the School of Education. It is written for all professionals working with children and young people. It provides comprehensive guidance about the English education system and the law along with general advice related to education professionals’ responsibilities, duties and rights.

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