This story by Dave Speck in Tes on 4th January 2019.

Department for Education explores converting teaching assistants into teachers as part of new recruitment strategy.

Converting teaching assistants into teachers could be a key part of the Department for Education’s strategy for solving the teacher recruitment crisis, Tes can reveal.

As part of its preparations for a new teacher recruitment and retention strategy, the DfE is commissioning a survey of teaching assistants (TAs) in order to understand the “feasibility and any challenges” of them becoming teachers.

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  1. Theresa Ford on January 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Isn’t this where the Undergraduate Teaching Apprenticeship route would be useful? And didn’t the DfE put a stop to the trailblazer??

    • Emma Hollis on January 15, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Absolutely. The IfA (rather than DfE) did put the breaks on this option despite significant pressure from the group to pursue it. However, at the last trailblazer meeting the undergrad option was put back on the table…watch this space!

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