Spencer Teaching School Hub have been advised of a new DfE consultation: Appropriate body reforms and induction assessment
In the ‘Opportunity for all’ white paper, published in March 2022, the department committed to reforming the role of the appropriate body (AB). In the induction guidance for ABs published in 2021 the department also committed to introducing stronger quality assurance of the AB sector.
In response, the department has, today, launched a consultation on ‘Appropriate body reform and induction assessment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)’. The consultation document announces the decision to move to a system in which teaching school hubs (TSHs) will become the main providers of AB services and Local Authorities will no longer carry out this role. This will enable quality assurance of AB services through existing contractual relationships with TSHs.
It is consulting on a provisional transition end date of September 2023 and would like to invite ABs to feed back on the delivery implications for the current AB sector, to inform planning for capacity building and a timeframe that will enable a well-managed transition.
To inform improvements to the AB role and to help policy development, the consultation is also seeking views on how the responsibilities of ABs can be improved as well as the value of the formal assessment process.
All ABs are encouraged to engage with this consultation to enable a successful transition and to help improve the quality of AB services and the induction experience for ECTs. Please read the ‘Appropriate body reform and induction assessment: Consultation document’ and provide responses to the consultation via the following link: https://consult.education.gov.uk/induction-regulations-and-appropriate-bodies-policy/appropriate-body-reform-and-induction-assessment/
The department asks that ABs also cascade links to this consultation to the schools, trusts and teachers they work with, to encourage them to share their experiences of induction so that we can work to ensure the regulatory system serves the needs of ECTs.
The consultation will run for eight weeks until 21 July 2022, the government is expected to publish its response to the consultation in Autumn 2022.Read More
The DfE have released an update regarding ECF participants moving schools.Read More
NEW DfE Early Career Framework CIP Accredited Materials – Update
The DfE-accredited materials will no longer be available via the WordPress site from 30 April 2022.
Schools who want to access the DfE-accredited materials can now access them via the digital service: Support for early career teachers (education.gov.uk).
As a reminder, the Department has also put together the following webpages for induction leads containing the handbooks and training outlines for the DfE-accredited materials.
Schools who want to access the DfE–accredited materials to deliver an early career framework (ECF) based induction should continue to select only one set of materials as the basis of their programme, and register with the DfE’s online service here to access their chosen DfE-accredited materials: Support for early career teachers (education.gov.uk)
For queries about accessing or using these materials please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
DfE National Professional Qualifications – February Update
The new suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) is now available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their expertise in leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice.
As part of the Education Recovery Package, all teachers and leaders employed at state-funded schools, as well as state-funded 16-19 organisations can now access fully funded training scholarships to undertake NPQs.
The application window to begin an NPQ in February will soon close, and we encourage all teachers and leaders, particularly those eligible for training scholarships, to undertake these evidence-led qualifications to invest in their careers and secure improved outcomes for children.
You can learn more about the qualifications by viewing the recording of an NPQ webinar which was held in November using the link below. The recording covers all aspects of the qualifications and how to apply CLICK HERE
Alternatively, you can learn more about the qualifications and how to sign-up by visiting: CLICK HERE
Date: 21st January 2022Read More