For ITT courses starting from September 2020 the DfE will continue to relax some of the ITT criteria that do not depend on extending current amendments to regulations. These are:

  1. the removal of the expectation that trainees train to teach in at least two schools;
  2. the removal of the requirement for a trainee to have met the standards across the full age and ability range of training, and
  3. the removal of the expectation that training programmes cover no fewer than four school years.

Trainees should receive a course that is as complete as possible; ITT providers must only use the flexibilities permitted when necessary. ITT providers will be expected to assess trainees as fully meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

The COVID-19 ITT guidance will be updated to reflect this in due course.

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