All media enquiries, interview requests and speaking invitations should be directed to:

Phil Smith, NASBTT PR Consultant

Tel: 01778 218180 or 07866 436159


Member Voice: Supporting career changers (and providers) through ITE and NQT years

May 3, 2020 |

Nigel Bowen is the Lead Guidance & Development Adviser (GDA) for the Transition to Teach (T2T) programme, run by Cognition Education In January 2019, a Department for Education (DfE) survey of more than 3,000 people considering teacher training found more than half would probably or definitely change career if they could. Around the same time,…

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Member Voice: How ‘Making Every Lesson Count’ helped me to make every observation count

April 20, 2020 |

How ‘Making Every Lesson Count’ helped me to make every observation count Joe Burkmar, Partnership Director at Wessex Schools Training Partnership I have been in charge of a SCITT for five years now and one of my biggest bugbears has always been inconsistency in the quality of feedback that trainees receive. In my experience, there…

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TES: Coronavirus: Allow conditional ITT offers, DfE urged

April 9, 2020 |

Published by: TES Published on: 8th April 2020 Providers call to be allowed to offer jobs to trainees that are conditional on performance with pupils. Teacher trainers are urging the government to allow them to make offers “conditional on school experience”, as they fear disruption to the application process means they may otherwise struggle to…

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TES: Coronavirus: Trainees ‘could be lost to the profession’

April 7, 2020 |

Teacher training providers ‘anxious’ that some trainees won’t get chance to qualify because of a lack of DfE guidance. Teacher training providers say the need to reinvent assessment and recruitment schemes at “extremely short notice” because of the coronavirus crisis is causing them “significant anxiety”. Trainers are coming under “significant pressure” from students seeking clarity about their prospects following school closures,…

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COVID-19: “ITT providers and trainees are pulling out all the stops to make things work – their story must be told”

April 6, 2020 |

It is just over two weeks since the government announced that schools would be closed to the majority of pupils for a prolonged period of time. Whilst media attention has inevitably, and rightly, focused on the implications for children and home-schooling, an untold story is the efforts of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers who have…

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DfE coronavirus helpline

April 1, 2020 |

DfE coronavirus helpline Email Telephone 0800 046 8687 If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19), relating to schools and other educational establishments in England contact our helpline. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.

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Review highlights the impact of NASBTT Teacher Educator Programmes on nearly 650 mentors in first year

March 10, 2020 |

Date published: 27th February 2020 Review highlights the impact of NASBTT Teacher Educator Programmes on nearly 650 mentors in first year An independent review of NASBTT’s Teacher Educator Programmes (TEPs) has reported that nearly 650 School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct mentors have already attained TEP professional accreditation. From introductory mentoring and coaching…

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Education Support: How kind is your school or College?

March 10, 2020 |

Published by: Education Support Published on: 14th February 2020 The importance of kindness in schools Schools are the perfect place to cultivate more kindness not only as a means towards a more harmonious society but also as an antidote to some of the toxicity in our education system says Adrian Bethune. Find out more. Feedback not…

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Member Voice: Anita Devi ‘SEND in ITT: the future lies in doing things differently’

March 9, 2020 |

On 1st October 2016 NASBTT hosted the first meeting of a working party that included ITT providers, NASBTT colleagues and SEND specialists, like me. Our remit was to create a practical resource that would enable ITT providers to identify the gaps in their existing programmes, find suitable ways to embed SEND practice and expertise, and…

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Member Voice: Alys Finch ‘How do you know what you know?’ Assessment and its centrality for reflective practice

February 28, 2020 |

Assessment lives at the heart of all that we do in education. Whether assessing our pupils, our trainee teachers or ourselves, we use assessment in all that we do to identify success, areas for development and impact. Increasingly, the world of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) has focused on trainees’ impact on pupils’ learning: this shift…

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