Initial Teacher Education report published
The Education and Training Foundation has published its third annual report on Initial Teacher Education (ITE). This looks at the 2014/2015 academic year. It is clear that people often undergo ITE as part of a career change, or adding teaching to an existing technical profession.
The report shows that:
- The typical learner studies part-time while in-service (so teaching and training alongside each other).
- The average age has stayed around 37, and around 83% of learners taking Diplomas or PGCEs were previously qualified to level 4 or above.
- The key qualifications for someone to teach in FE are the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) and the PGCE (sometimes a Level 5 in FE and sometimes a traditional Level 7), but many learners also take awards (Level 3) or certificates (Level 4).
- Just over 40,500 learners enrolled on a teacher training course in FE in 2014/15. Of those, 11,690 took a DET or PGCE.
- There has been a big drop in the number of learners enrolling on awards and certificates between 2013/14 and 2014/15. The number of enrolments on awards fell by 29% while the number of enrolments on certificates fell by 66%. The DET and PGCE however have remained relatively stable since 2012/13.
- Women entering full-time employment in FE teaching roles in 2014/15 earned £1,750 less than men. Other research by the Foundation suggests this is due to the subject taught, with men being more likely to teach better remunerated subjects.