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University Awarded DfE Contract

Posted by Richard Ward

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The University of Derby is to receive support from the Department for Education (DfE) to increase the number of trainee teachers to schools with poor recruitment and retention in the Midlands.

Funds from the DfE will be put towards supporting a new teacher training pilot initiative, led by the Institute of Education at the University. The goal is to improve the supply of newly qualified teachers to schools in challenging areas, promote career progression, and remove obstacles to social mobility.

Dr Mohammed Jakhara, Acting Head of the Institute of Education at the University of Derby, said: "We believe overall teacher supply from our local communities in greatest need requires development, but for some schools this can be a challenge. Myths around performance and previous Ofsted reports can deter candidates from applying to a particular school."

"Our Primary Education provision at the University of Derby is one of high quality and we want to develop that further. We already work with many schools and this extra funding from the DfE will enable us to extend our partnerships and support important additional developments."

The Partners for Progress project will be delivered over three years and will involve implementing an extensive outreach programme.

As part of the government's national social mobility action plan, the DfE intends to incentivise Outstanding Initial Teacher Training providers to expand their provision in challenging areas for teacher recruitment.