The consultation has identified the nature and range of work undertaken by Initial Teacher Education tutors. In particular it has highlighted the knowledge and skills, and the expertise in translating research knowledge into practice, needed for such a role. It also recognises the challenges faced by tutors, ITE trainees and schools and colleges in working together and demonstrates the commitment of tutors to their work and their professionalism in balancing the demands with the rewards in ITE.
This consultation has made considerable progress in making explicit the connections between primary, secondary and further education ITE for mathematics. There would be benefit in making additional links across these sectors and promoting further cross-phase discussion and development. It would also be fruitful for the NCETM to seek supplementary ways of working with providers of teacher education in FE, given it was difficult to make contact with tutors in this sector and the range of provision is very varied. The project team would also like to see continued joint work between the NCETM and the Association of Mathematics Education Teachers in promoting the role and value of tutors in developing excellence in mathematics teaching through their work with ITE trainees and recognising the influence tutors have over future generations of teachers.
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