Membership is available to all UK primary and secondary school-based teacher training providers.
The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) is the organisation that represents the interests of schools-led teacher training provision in relation to the development and implementation of national policy developments.
I think most of our members would say the principal benefit of membership is that we operate a sort of ‘one stop shop’ for members to raise queries and concerns. The team at NASBTT 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. You will get a login to our members’ only website which has a wealth of information and, most usefully, my blog posts about anything you need to know or be aware of in the current circumstances. Every week, you will receive a newsletter of the latest blog posts, which are categorised by subject and date to make it easier for you to look back at any that have been posted in the past. Our website also offers the opportunity to vote on particular issues via a poll so that we are able to take forward the collective views of our members as appropriate. We also have an app available for Apple and Android; once registered, you will receive notifications every time a new blog is posted rather than waiting for the weekly newsletter. NASBTT also collects data for benchmarking purposes (distinctive from data supplied by the 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.
I spend a lot of my time representing the views of members. NASBTT is represented at the Initial Teacher Training Advisory Group (ITTAG), the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), the Supply and Training of Teachers Advisory Group (SATTAG) and the group to consider the future of Initial Teacher Training content and programmes post the publication of the Programme of Core Content for ITT. Colleagues have also spoken at several events this year including the Birmingham Primary and Early Years Leaders conference, and the Academies Show. During last academic year, NASBTT was involved in roundtable discussions concerning the allocation of places and the Centres of Excellence. NASBTT also submitted a response to the House of Commons Education Select Committee’s call for evidence about teacher supply and retention and I was called to give verbal evidence to the committee in December 2015.
Our work is specifically focussed on supporting those responsible for the overall management of provision, which in the schools-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 most welcome and we anticipate our experience and knowledge of this sector will prove invaluable in developing good provision from the outset. In particular, our relationships with the complex array of stakeholders involved in ITT enable us to offer a sort of ‘one stop shop’ in finding answers to the many queries our members raise. Our focus is on raising the quality of all schools-led ITT provision through developing knowledge, sharing best practice and resolving issues of concern. We are particularly keen to offer support, both centrally and through our members, to any embryonic, emerging or fledgling school-led ITT provision.
NASBTT has published its own Training and Assessment Toolkit: A guide to accuracy in the assessment of trainees as well as further updates on target setting. We are in the process of developing a toolkit for SEND in ITT which will be available from March. Such items stem from our funding of working parties which all members may join if interested. NASBTT has also published an Administration and Management Handbook for Schools-Led Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to support the work of administrators and Programme Managers alike.
NASBTT holds meetings and conferences to support its members. To date this year, members have attended the annual conference, a workshop to support providers who are mid inspection and an annual national meeting for administrators. Meetings already scheduled for the remainder of the year include a dissemination event for our ITT SEND Toolkit, a workshop to support those providers anticipating Ofsted this summer and regional meetings for administrators. Representatives from the DfE, NCTL, UCAS and SLC attend many of our meetings to both provide information and answer questions, but also listen and respond to members’ feedback. In addition to the support offered via meetings, SCITT administrators are also supported by a Regional Administrator who is the first point of contact. We also have a Management Support Partner (MSP) Programme which is designed to support the effective management of both new and existing provision for which we do have to make an additional charge.
I have attached an appendix from our Administration and Management Handbook for Schools-Led Initial Teacher Training (ITT) which details the support available from NASBTT. I have also attached information regarding our upcoming meetings which you would be very welcome to attend; non-members are welcome to attend our events but the attendance fee is higher than for our members.
We hope the following comments from existing members will provide evidence of how our work is valued:
“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. I find membership both useful and essential in supporting my role as manager on a school-centred programme.”
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the whole team at NASBTT. You are such an invaluable support to the sector and one we couldn’t do without! It is very much appreciated.”
“Really grateful I can come to NASBTT with these weird and wonderful queries!”
“I wanted to thank you and your colleagues for all your hard work in organising such an event. We found it extremely useful and beneficial – especially the handbook and being able to speak with colleagues from organisations such as the NCTL and UCAS! We thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to our next event in due course.”
“I just wanted to thank you for organizing an excellent event and for accommodating us. We both found the day very useful.”
“These meetings are excellent and it is so useful to be able to network, share best practice and discuss issues that other administrators are experiencing. Thank you for the opportunity.”
As we are a membership organisation, we rely on fees from members to continue our work; however, our members have commented that this ‘Definitely meets the value for money criteria’. Membership fees for the academic year 2016-2017 are £400 per institution with a further charge of £13 per trainee registered on the programme, plus VAT. If you intend to join mid-year, fees are calculated accordingly.
I do hope you will wish to join our organisation; you will be very welcome. I have attached a membership form for your completion.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Hobson, Executive Office, on 01933 627049 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT)