How can we improve Initial Teacher Training?

Joe Kirby



Forge a new, school-led professionalism

and bridge the gap between research and practice. 

In 1818, Thomas Telford, an engineer who’d designed over 30 bridges and canals, founded the Institution of Civil Engineers. By 1828, it had earned a Royal Charter. In 1968, some 150 years later, a new town in Shropshire was named after him. When it came in 1990 to naming the first City Technology College, Thomas Telford was the obvious choice.


Today, Thomas Telford School is consistently among the top performing comprehensive schools in the country, with 99% GCSE passes including English and Maths and 90% of sixth form leavers going on to University. It is also at the vanguard of a new movement in English education. The Thomas Telford-led initial teacher training (ITT) programme in 2012 took 150 trainees, and headteacher Sir Kevin Satchwell plans to increase that to 500 within 5 years. The reinvention…

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