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Uncertainty of the teacher-training model may result in university course closures.

Many university-based teacher-training courses may become “unviable”, according to James Noble-Rogers of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers.

Giving evidence to the Commons committee for education on 9 November, Noble-Rogers said that the fragmentation of the teacher supply base has met short-term recruitment needs, but that it has also resulted in “uncertainty and destabilisation”. New providers should be focused on “black spot areas” where demand for more teacher education is unmet, he said. He warned that the annual teacher supply model also makes planning difficult for both universities and school-centred initial teacher-training courses as they are unable to determine how many teachers in different subject areas will require training to meet the needs of local schools over the coming three to five years. This could result in universities closing certain departments if they are unsure of the level of future demand, he said.

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