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COVID-19 Communications to Education Partners from the University of Cumbria – 19/03/2020

Covid 19 Communications to Education Partners from the University of Cumbria – 19/03/2020

Dear Initial Teacher Training (ITE) Partner,

Kindly see the below update in relation to the University of Cumbria PGCE and final-year Undergraduate trainee teachers during this time of uncertainty relating to COVID19.

As an ITT provider we have to comply with the ITT Criteria published by the Secretary of State for Education. C2.3 states that:

All accredited ITT providers must ensure that training programmes are designed to provide trainee teachers with sufficient time being trained in enable them to demonstrate that they have met all the standards for QTS. This means that they would typically be structured to include the following...a secondary/primary graduate and undergraduate (non-employment based) programme - 120 days (24 weeks), a four year undergraduate programme – 160 days (32 weeks).

Prior to the announcement of school closures, the DfE advised us that there would not be a compliance issue if a student were to complete the programme without having spent a specific number of days training in schools. Students deemed to be meeting the teachers’ standards irrespective of the number of days they have spent training in schools can and should be recommended for the award of QTS. However, providers would want to ensure that students who are not yet meeting the teachers’ standards were not put at risk as a result of insufficient time in school.

At this stage, we do not know how long schools will remain closed but if they re-open this academic year, we would look to students (including beginning and developing students) resuming their placements where possible. If schools do not re-open this academic year, we will follow guidance from the DfE.

We have asked students to support with online learning for your pupils. If your school is staying open for vulnerable and key worker pupils we have asked students to offer their support with this, as appropriate.

We are waiting for further guidance from DfE, as a result of the school closure announcement yesterday, and aim to communicate clearly and in a timely way to our school partners once this is received.

Our thoughts are with you and your staff and pupils during these unprecedented times.

If this communication raises any questions or concerns for you please contact

Kindest Regards

Pat Freeman




The Institute of Education works through a partnership that includes over 1000 early years and primary schools and settings and over 250 secondary schools and other 11-19 settings.

The partnership services the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements for the Institute of Education's early years, primary and secondary programmes. In addition to this, it also services foundation degree programmes and other programmes for teaching assistants.


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