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posted Oct 12, 2015, 5:50 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 5:50 AM by Nicholas Basson ]
You may be interested to read a study from the University of California about the costs of Inital Teacher Training and the effect of recession on recruitment to maths and science teacher programmes. This is in terms of both core scientists and those in need of subject knowledge enhancement.

You will also see a number of resources are available this month across areas of the big six; we hope you find these useful.

As always we really appreciate the feedback we get from you, so if you have any comments or views please continue to feed them through.

General update

Teaching schools council update

The teaching schools council is currently working with us, exploring how to support the implementation of a self-improving school-led system. Our combined aim is to ensure that by September 2016 there will have been a clear shift from NCTL to schools.

The council is currently exploring the potential for teaching schools to be at the epicentre of the move to a truly school-led system. Colleagues have expressed a growing desire and appetite to take on a greater role in this work, with a wish to create opportunities to influence and shape policy direction and also to ensure a regional lead on national priorities.

In the next few weeks we will be able to provide some more detailed information on how we hope to achieve this common aim. An important principle of the council’s work is the transition of greater strategic and operational ownership from NCTL. In the coming weeks we will also be publishing a series of opportunities for system leaders and heads of teaching schools to secure commissions to lead on this exciting work at either national or regional level.

If you have any queries, please speak to your respective teaching school council representatives or Vicky Beer, council chair at vbeer@aom.trafford.sch.uk.
Addressing under-representation: calling all aspiring leaders from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds
Our current school leadership workforce faces an acute diversity challenge – only 2.4% of headteachers are from BME backgrounds. To address this challenge we are offering a range of events aimed at aspiring leaders from under-represented groups and, in particular, from BME backgrounds.

The programme is already well underway, but places are still available for some events coming up in 2014, so please advise colleagues who may be interested.

Events include:
application and interview bootcamp (London) – application and interview tips and practice for BME leaders aspiring to be headteachers and deputy headteachers
online seminars on 23 January and 8 AprilSee our website for the full range of activities available. To register interest please send booking forms tocollege.diversity@education.gsi.gov.uk.