Teacher education at the House of Lords

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Dr Harriet Rowley, Kim Smith and Prof Tony Brown gave presentations to a parliamentary seminar at the House of Lords on teacher education.

Given the current crisis of teacher shortages, the event was called to consider possible futures in teacher education. England has become massively out of line with other European countries and is on a trajectory to diverge yet further. A report by the Manchester Met team’s recent School Direct Research Project provided key evidence of how teacher education is changing.

Dr Sue Pope, Associate Head of Department of Professional Development and Education Innovation, also presented an assessment of mathematics teachers shortage on behalf of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

The event was attended by Labour’s education team, including Nic Dakin, Shadow Minister of Schools, and chaired by Lord Watson of Invergowrie who represents the team in the House of Lords. Representatives from the Institute of Physics and Million Plus also attended the event and each cited Manchester Met’s work in their presentations to a select committee later in the week.

Prof Brown has subsequently been invited to participate in the Million Plus ITT Roundtable in Parliament next month.