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Into Teaching event for disabled people Saturday 19 March
This is a dedicated day for any disabled people who are interested in teaching as a career. Skill is a partner in this event along with the AccessAbility Project at the University of Greenwich and their School of Education.
There will be speakers and workshops and topics will include: life as a disabled teacher; support whilst studying; why diversity is important. There will be a chance to speak to Skill disabled teaching ambassadors individually and an optional library and ICT tour.
The day will be an excellent opportunity for disabled people to explore more about a career in teaching.
The event is free and refreshments and lunch are included. If you would like to book a place please email Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th March. The event is being held at Greenwich University - Avery Hill Campus, Avery Hill Park, Eltham.
Teacher training bursary rates announced
Some postgraduate teacher trainees in England and Wales receive a tax-free training bursary paid over the length of their course. On 31st January 2011 the new postgraduate teacher training bursary rates were announced. There have been some significant changes in the bursaries and the current rates are:
All other courses will no longer come with a tax-free bursary.
In addition the funding stream known as 'Golden Hellos' will be abolished for anyone beginning an Initial Teacher Training course from 2011 onwards.
Talk to disabled teachers at TDA Train to Teach events
If you are interested in finding out more about a career in teaching, the Training and Development Agency for schools (TDA) is holding free events for prospective teachers in Birmingham, London and Manchester throughout March.
Throughout the day you will be able to:
For more information and to register visit: www.teach.gov.uk/traintoteach
TDA phone numbers change
The TDA Teaching Information Line has recently changed numbers and has become a freephone service. The TDA provide information on routes into initial teacher training (ITT), qualifications required to undertake ITT, funding, teacher salaries and finding training providers.
E-conference launches for disabled teachers and trainee teachers
The Disabled Teacher Taskforce recently launched an online forum (known as an e-conference) designed to facilitate discussion on how to remove barriers and promote opportunities for disabled people in the teaching profession.
The profession needs to draw on the widest pool of those with the appropriate experience, skills and qualifications likely to become good teachers. While disability in itself shouldn't be a barrier, the DTT, hosted by the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE), acknowledges it can create challenges.
This forum is a vibrant place to read and join in on comments and conversations on topics such as support in school, fitness to teach, disability disclosure.
Skill is actively involved in the e-conference and it is a useful resource for disabled trainee teachers, Initial Teacher Training providers, disabled teachers and schools. https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/dtt_econference.
Skill collecting data on 'fitness to teach'
Skill is researching the fitness to teach categories that Occupational Health advisers assign to Initial Teacher Training candidates. We are writing to all the ITT providers in
A. The number of candidates they assessed as 'being fit to teach, in good health and free from conditions which interfere with their efficiency in teaching'.
B. The number of candidates assessed as 'having health conditions which interfere with their efficiency to some extent', but who were still overall fit to teach. This may include candidates with disabilities where reasonable adjustments could be made.
C. The number of candidates that were assessed as being 'unfit' for the teaching profession.
The fitness assessment is made by Occupational Health Advisers who work with ITT providers. It is usually based on the candidate's own health declaration using a questionnaire. It may also take account of health examinations or referrals for specialist medical advice.
Skill plans to investigate ways the process can be changed to remove unnecessary barriers to disabled people entering the profession.
Degree plan for teachers criticised
Government proposals to raise the bar for trainee teachers in
Education Secretary Michael Gove has said the government should only pay to train graduates as teachers if they have at least a 2.2.
However, the Good Teacher Training Guide 2010 suggests that raising entrance requirements would substantially reduce the intakes to subjects such as maths, physics, chemistry and languages - courses which already struggle to fill places.
New Teachers website
TES New Teachers is a new website offering news, advice and inspiration for those who are entering the teaching profession. The site has lots of free teaching tips and articles, resources to download and tools to help you to find a new job.
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