The Department for Education have recently sent this communication out to all schools.

Hosting initial teacher training trainees in schools

We continue to strongly encourage schools to consider hosting initial teacher training (ITT) trainees. ITT trainees are included in the definition of a critical worker and have the potential to play a significant role in supporting schools this year. Trainees take responsibility, with the usual mentor oversight, for small groups of pupils, creating online learning materials, re-planning sequences of lessons or delivering catch-up lessons.

Temporary relaxations to the ITT criteria mean that placements can be more flexible than ever this year, so there is scope to agree an arrangement that suits your school while complying with all legislation, criteria and guidance relevant to ITT.

Learn more about hosting trainees by contacting ITT providers in your area. Further information on the roles that trainees can play in schools can be found in our guidance on the actions for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


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