We are an organisation that represents the interests of school-led teacher training provision in relation to the development and implementation of national policy developments.
Our work is specifically focussed on supporting those responsible for the overall management of provision, which in the school-led context is often a single individual, sometimes working part-time. Whilst much of our activity is, therefore, most useful to those actually working with trainees, schools exploring future involvement in ITT, either as an accredited provider or school partner, are also most welcome and we anticipate our experience and knowledge of this sector will prove invaluable in developing good provision from the outset.
I think most of our members would say the principal benefit of membership is that we operate a sort of ‘one stop’ shop for them to raise queries and concerns. The team has many years of experience in the ever changing world of schools-led ITT and if we don’t know the answer we have the contacts to attempt to find it. Members get a login to our website which has a wealth of information and most usefully, the blog posts from the Executive Director about anything members need to know or be aware of in the current circumstances. Every week members receive a newsletter of the latest blog posts, which are categorised by subject and date to make it easier to look back at any that have been posted in the last two years. Our website also offers the opportunity to vote on particular issues so we are able to take forward the collective views of members as appropriate. We also collect data for benchmarking purposes (distinctive from data collected by NCTL) and our Press Officer has a wealth of contacts which we use to raise the profile of schools-led training in the educational media.
The Executive Director spends a lot of time representing the views of members. For example in the course of just one typical week he had meetings on teacher recruitment, the methodology of teacher supply, the management and development of the skills tests and a meeting with those leading on the next stage of the Carter Review (including Stephen Munday, Tom Bennett and Gary Holden). NASBTT has also submitted a response to the House of Commons Education Select Committee’s call for evidence about teacher supply and retention and the Executive Director was called to give verbal evidence to the committee in December.
We have recently published our Training and Assessment toolkit and are soon to publish a further update on Target Setting. Such items stem from the our support and funding of working parties which all members may join if interested. We are holding a workshop on February 8th 2016 to support those anticipating Ofsted inspections and and a conference for administrators of schools-led ITT on January 20th 2016 at which we will launch our Management and Administration Handbook. We also have a Management Support Programme which is designed to support the effective management of new provision for which we do have to make an additional charge.
Over the past years we have been very active in identifying and resolving a number of issues affecting school-based Initial Teacher Training provision, working particularly closely with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), the Department for Education (DfE), Student Finance England (SFE, formerly the Student Loans Company), the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR, now called UCASTT) and Ofsted.
We have a Memorandum of Co-operation with the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) and worked together to provide the published guidance ‘Working with the Teachers’ Standards in Initial Teacher Education’ to support providers in the assessment for Qualified Teacher Status. This was followed up by a series of regional workshops held to allow for dissemination, comment and sharing of resources.
We hope the following comments from existing members will provide evidence of how our work is valued.
“I really appreciate being in the loop on discussions e.g. re payment to trainees with QTS government policy re ITT. Until your e mails, I had no access to these things.””I find the communication circulated by NASBTT very useful and up to date. Topical and current information is circulated immediately and at times information is shared which is difficult to find elsewhere. Advice is always available and members support each other effectively through e mail correspondence. I find membership both useful and essential in supporting my role as manager on a school centred programme.””Martin’s contact with the NCTL and Government officials are invaluable as is his role as a communications hub for loads of other providers. We feel more included and involved in what is going on and, from time to time, we feel very able to express heartfelt opinions through his proper channels. NASBTT is well worth the subscription fee.”
Membership fees for 2013-2014 are £250 per institution with a further charge of £10 per trainee. Fees for 2014-15 will be set shortly and invoices issued in early November.