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Leaders in higher education said this week that they believe government tried to push universities out of Courses for teachers for political reasons, because ministers considered their departments of education “hotbeds of left intellectualism” and full of “Marxists”.

Under changes announced last summer, all providers of initial teacher training in England must be re-accredited by the Department for Education to continue teacher training from 2024. However, two thirds of providers, including some leading universities, were told this month that they failed in first round of in new accreditation process. Dfe said last week that just 80 providers, out of 216 who understood, applied, had made cut.

Those currently out in the cold ones include some of the prestigious Russell Group. university of Nottingham, member of elite group said he was “very disappointed and puzzled” that failed just two months after Ofsted rated it’s like outstanding, with the inspectors praise “an exceptional curriculum taught by experts”.

university of Birmingham, which DfE has chosen as one of specialist partners for this is new National institute based school of teaching, also failed in first round of accreditation.

head of one university, which failed, who asked not to be named for fear of scaring off the applicants, said: “Our employees who participated in in Teacher Education, who excellent, were devastated by their lack of success. They find it hard believe because of our track record”.

DfE has said providers can reapply, but experts say some big the universities are so outraged that they can walk eliminate teacher training entirely, exacerbating fears of teacher shortages in many items. The University of Cambridge did not apply for accreditation due to fear that his curriculum would be compromised.

Mary Busted, general secretary of The National Education Union said: “It was the brainchild of of [former schools minister] Nick Gibb, who was obsessed with the idea that university faculties of teacher education were hotbeds of Left intellectualism. I told him not know how to convey my disappointment that he will come out with this trash.”

Professor David Spendlov, Associate Dean of Faculty of the University of Manchester of humanities and former head of elementary teacher education, said: “As education secretary Michael Gove spoke about fighting the Blob.” [the education establishment]. He and Nick Gibb had the idea that all universities and teaching departments were Marxists. Their influence hasn’t gone anywhere.”

university of Nottingham was first university in public confirm It was failed in first round of in new accreditation process. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Media

Manchester has been accredited, but Professor Spendlov believes that new the process “damages the very foundation” of university teacher education, and now it’s “harder to stay in this is how to leave.”

“People who did it for they say for a long time that they do not fit for goals, despite all the positive tests they went through. This is a farce,” he said.

Prof. David Green, Vice Chancellor of The University of Worcester, which has a strong focus on on teacher education, said: “Gibb had clear a program to remove universities from teacher training. Some officials may have remained true to his outdated point of view.

He said: “This new DfE system risks destroying much of the existing high-quality teacher training. It would be a disaster for children who will recover from the educational devastation caused by the pandemic for years.”

Professor Spendlov said there is no university should celebrate it success in in first round asserting that next scene of an accreditation process that focuses on curriculum, means loss of autonomy over what they teach. “This is due to increased attention of in content of courses and review of academic plan materialswhich is very strange,” he said. “DfE hopes people be so desperate pass they will just roll over and accept it.”

This idea worries many universities. Cambridge, which more more than 250 applicants year and is rated eminent Ofsted, said it decision did not apply because of concerns about government”strictly prescribed curriculum” and its model of mentorship, both of which said “don’t look at all like what are we doing”.

Bausted said: “Universities are right to fear that the DfE will try to control their curriculum. That’s what’s happening.”

Teachers’ unions were warning for many months, forcing suppliers jump through new bureaucratic hoops risk damaging the supply of teachers. Apps for teacher education down 24% on last year after a brief Covid boom, with recruitment below pre-pandemic level.

National Foundation Report for Educational research in March said big range of secondary subjects would not meet teacher recruitment goals in 2022 These include scarce subjects such as physics, mathematics, chemistry and computing, but also those that usually score well, such as English, Biology, and Geography.

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor of University of Sheffield-Hallam, whose initial teacher training was first round of accreditation, said: “I think it’s indeed Created for drive some providers out of in market. But risk in government runs is driving out a little of in people They should strive to preserve.

He said universities have committed themselves to teacher training, “but by no means.” cost”. “Large organizations always have a choice,” he said. “I don’t really understand why government chooses it fight. Evidence from Ofsted Inspections shows sector in pretty good shape. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

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Nottingham was first university in confirm publicly that’s not true pass through first round of accreditation. news was met with anger in sector.

Green described decision as “just ridiculous”, so soon after Ofsted rated all aspects of Nottingham’s teacher education as outstanding.

John Dexter, who was director of education in Nottingham city council until February and held more than 30 years old in teaching and school management in in city tweeted that he was “confused, angry and frustrated” due to result.

He said, “This is unusual. Getting outstanding from Ofsted on ITT [initial teacher training] impressive.” He said that courses in Nottingham good for helping students understand environment they will teach in. “I really don’t understand why DfE is doing this.”

government announced on Thursday after year- it is believed that the dispute about a long-term contract cost hundreds of thousand that his National Institute of Teaching would open in September 2023, led by the consortium of four school foundations called the School Led Development Trust.

Contacted DfE for comment.

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