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New teachers rate the quality of their training

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has published the results of a survey which asked newly qualified teachers to assess the quality of their training.

According to the survey, 86 per cent of trainees rated their training overall as good or very good - two percentage points up on the previous year. Thirteen per cent thought the training was adequate and one per cent considered it was poor.

More than 14,000 newly qualified teachers responded to the survey which is carried out annually among newly qualified teachers who have been in post around six months. It asked them to assess the quality of their training and how well it prepared them for their first teaching post. The results are shared with training providers and used to inform future policy.

Other survey findings included:

* 77 per cent rated as good or very good the overall quality of support and guidance they received to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) - seven percentage points up since 2002; another 19 per cent said it was adequate.

* 68 per cent said training was good or very good in helping them establish and maintain a good standard of behaviour in the classroom - eight percentage points more than in 2002; another 26 per cent rated it adequate.

Michael Day, the TDA's executive director for ITT, said: "These results amount to a steady improvement across the vast majority of issues examined by this important survey. They show future teachers can be confident that their initial teacher training will give them the skills and knowledge they need to be effective from their first day in their own classroom.

"There are areas in which the survey suggests trainees need more help, such as preparing them to teach pupils from diverse backgrounds and to manage their classrooms effectively.

"We shall discuss the findings in detail with the universities, colleges and schools which provide training to agree how we can work together to continue the improvement."

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