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Let's talk about innovation in Initial Teacher Education

While providers of ITE in England and elsewhere have generally been good at developing high quality provision and ensuring year-on-year improvements in measures of effectiveness, as a sector we have perhaps not been so good at coming up with new ideas and innovative designs for preparing new teachers for – and with - the profession, from early years through primary to secondary. 

  • What future would you design for ITE and early career professional development within your own HEI, in partnership with current and new stakeholders?
  • What new designs for ITE, at postgraduate level, for example, might have a mutually beneficial relationship with the teaching profession as well as to the field of ITE and to the growth of REF-compliant research in teaching and teacher education?
  • At system-level, how can we create ITE and early career professional learning programmes that contribute to school improvement?
  • What possibilities are there for innovative undergraduate/integrated Master’s programmes, in STEM and other subjects?

These workshops will give you the opportunity to consider these and other questions in order to generate ideas with colleagues in a supportive environment. The aim of each workshop is that participants leave with at least the outline of an innovation they might develop within their institutions. Our focus will  be on initial teacher education for formal education, from early years through primary to secondary.

Participants in each workshop will receive a pamphlet to read in advance of the day that will stimulate discussion and help to generate ideas. The pamphlet will be written by a writing team led by Professor Viv Ellis from King’s College London and will include position papers, case studies and references to research.

The workshop will be presented on 3 different dates and at 3 different venues so that you can select which CHOICE best suits you. They are:


Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 at King’s College London facilitated by Professor Viv Ellis

Viv Ellis is Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Development at King's College, London and a Professor II at Bergen University College in Norway. His research focuses on teacher education as academic work; the possibilities for reconfiguring initial teacher education in relation to school leadership; professional creativity; and forms of practice-developing, intervention research. His most recent book (with Jane McNicholl) is 'Transforming Teacher Education' (Bloomsbury, 2015) and in 2014 he was invited to be a Sachs lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University in their lecture series 'The Landscape for Educating Teacher Educators'. 

VENUE: King’s College, London, Waterloo Bridge Wing of the Franklin-Wilkins Building (room will be announced via e-mail)

To Register: Click here.

Closing date for registrations in London: 8th November 2016


Thursday, November 24th 2016 at the University of Southampton, facilitated by Dr Gary Kinchin and Ros Hyde

Gary Kinchin is an Associate Professor and Research Training Program Coordinator within the Education School at the University of Southampton. Gary trained as a physical education specialist at St Mark and St John College and received his MA and PhD from The Ohio State University. Gary joined the University of Southampton in 2001 and has served as Programme Leader for Physical Education, Programme Director for PGCE (Secondary), Programme Leader for the MA in Institutional Management and Leadership , Deputy Head of School (Education) and Coordinator of the Research Training Programme. Current teaching responsibilities include BSc Education, PGCE Secondary, Master’s, and recent PhD students have tackled topics including; ‘Cooperative Learning in Saudi Arabia’, ‘Developing CPD for New Teachers in Saudi Arabia’.

Rosalyn Hyde is a Principal Teaching Fellow in mathematics education at the University of Southampton where she works mainly on the secondary PGCE programme and Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. Previously she was a secondary mathematics teacher and has also worked in curriculum and professional development roles. She has particular research interests in pedagogical subject knowledge for mathematics teachers and in school-led models of Initial Teacher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chair of the Association of mathematics education teachers and on the executive of the Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom.

Venue: The University of Southampton, Highfield campus, Building 32,  Room 2097

To Register, click here.

Closing date for registrations in Southampton: 8th November 2016


Friday, December 2nd 2016 at the University of Manchester, facilitated by Dr David Spendlove and Dr Lisa Murtagh

David Spendlove is Head of Initial Teacher Education at The University of Manchester and executive ITE director of Teach First in the North West. Since moving into Higher Education in 2000 his work has involved policy, practice and publications in a variety of areas including Teacher Education, Emotion, STEM and Creative and Critical Design Education. David chairs the North West ITT network and is a member of the DfE National Advisory Group for ITT. He has an extensive list of national and international invited research keynotes and publications and is currently a member of two international editorial boards. In 2013 David received an 'Outstanding Contribution award' from the D&TA for his work related to Teacher Education.

Lisa Murtagh is Director of Partnerships and Teacher Enquiry at the University of Manchester. Lisa has been involved in ITT since 2000. She joined the University of Manchester in 2014, having previously been Head of School Direct and BA Hons Part Time Programme Leader at Edge Hill University, and Director of Primary PGCE at Newcastle University.  Her research interests lie in enhancing practice in Initial Teacher Training, with a particular focus on trainees with parental responsibilities and also in challenging the janus-faced dichotomy often associated with Initial Teacher Training.  Her approach to research is rooted in the qualitative paradigm.

VENUE: The University of Manchester (room will be announced via e-mail)

Draft programme for the day

10:00 Refreshments available
10:20 Welcome from TEAN - Alison Jackson
10:30 Facilitated discussion of pamphlet led by [name]
11:00 Small group discussions: sharing experiences, generating ideas and plans
11:30 A local input: a case study of an ITE innovation
12:00 Group discussions: sharing experiences, considering the ideas from the presentation
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Planning
14:30 Refreshments
14:45 Group presentations
15:15/15:30 Close

Fee: £60

To regster, please click here

Closing date for registrations in Manchester: 15th November 2016

Book your place at the event by completing the online registration

Please note the following with care: There are three different venues for this workshop and therefore there are three different registration links. Please choose your correct link and only use that one. Places for the workshops are limited and registration for a specific workshop will close if the maximum number of delegates is reached before the closing date.

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