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June 25, 2004

Teacher Training

Posted by Michael Mosbacher

Professor Anthony O'Hear - one of the Social Affairs Unit's trustees - has long argued that the essence of good teaching is knowledge and love of the subject to be taught and mastery of the practical skills of teaching. In an SAU report from 1988 - Who Teaches The Teachers? - O'Hear showed that too many teacher training colleges were failing to instil these skills and were instead concentrating on modish, egalitarian theories of education. What was needed, he argued, was a more classroom based teacher training programme. As the Telegraph describes - Classrooms are the best place for teachers - Professor O'Hear has now established just such a programme at the University of Buckingham. Professor O'Hear's programme is already training teachers for many leading independent schools, but is still awaiting government certification before schools in the state sector can start using it for their trainee teachers.

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The sooner the better! Children deserve teachers who actually know how to teach. 'Who teaches the teachers?' is excellent stuff and right on target.

Posted by: Annette Croft at June 28, 2004 10:46 AM

I see that Chris Woodhead - the former Head of Ofsted - is also involved in the University of Buckingham teacher training programme

Posted by: Andrew Langley at July 1, 2004 01:14 PM
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