Changes to Initial Teacher Training in England and Wales

Many thanks to my colleague Suzanne Agnew, Careers Consultant for the Moray House School of Education for this post giving an update on applications for initial teacher training courses in England and Wales. It’s a must read for those of you who will be applying for ITT places for 2016 – Rebecca

If you are thinking about applying for an initial teacher training course in England or Wales to start in 2016 be aware of a major change which could affect you.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) have announced a new approach to the allocation of Initial Teacher Training places for 2016-17. Previously, NCTL would set a number of training places for each training provider.  This year, the opposite happens: providers tell NCTL how many trainees they plan to recruit in each subject and age phase.  NCTL will monitor recruitment and once national targets for subjects and age phases are met, providers will not be permitted to make any further offers of places.

The impact of this change is yet unknown but the expectation is that providers will want to recruit early, particularly in popular subjects and age phases.  Applicants are therefore recommended to make early contact with their chosen providers.