Sir Michael Wilshaw has attacked teacher training providers for leaving trainees completely unprepared to deal with the lack of discipline in the classroom.
New teachers are being ‘left to flounder’ in the classroom because of inadequate training, according to the Ofsted chief, and he described the situation as a ‘national scandal’.
Sir Michael said that 40% of teachers left the profession within five years because they were ill-equipped to cope with unruly pupils, the Mail reports. He claimed that trainees were being taught by people who lacked recent experience and that schools failed to support them. “How many times have heads said to me that their trainees had been tutored by people with little or no up-to-date school experience or a record of outstanding teaching?” Sir Michael asked. “Trainees have been sent into schools inadequately prepared to deal with poor behaviour. Even worse, how many times have I heard they were left to flounder because they received little or no support from senior and middle leaders?”
He warned that in future Ofsted will crack down on course providers. From September its inspectors will ask new teachers if they were ‘well supported, in particular in dealing with pupil behaviour’ – and will check on which institution trained any teachers who are struggling.
If you’re a new teacher, do you feel ill-equipped to deal with problem pupils because of the poor training you received? And if you’re an experienced teacher, are you aware of younger colleagues who are struggling?