Primary Teacher Education in England: 40 Years On

Nov. 01, 2014

Source: Journal of Education for Teaching, Volume 40, Issue 5, 2014, pages 492-506 

This paper examines the relationship between pre-service teacher education (ITE) for primary schooling and primary teaching in England between 1974 and 2014. It also explores the ‘fitness of purpose’ of the current system of preparing teachers for the classrooms of the twenty-first century.

This historical analysis suggests that, despite 40 years of change in ITE, there are still a number of unresolved issues in ITE.
These include: how to prepare for the multisubject, class teacher role which the majority of primary teachers still undertake; how to equip future teachers to deal with the social and emotional aspects of primary teaching; how to ensure that they are creative and flexible practitioners, able to cope with the demands of future curricula, pedagogical changes and the new roles and responsibilities which will inevitably occur during the course of their teaching careers in the next decades of this century; and how to structure ITE to provide adequate long-term foundations for the necessary professional development as a teacher.

Updated: Dec. 05, 2016