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We need to project the mature intellectualism that defines our love for initial teacher education and teaching in general

by Rachael Hare

The idea that School Direct promotes an ‘anti-intellectual’ view of teacher training is misleading, writes a leading teacher trainer

The current ITT allocations model, a personal passion, but usually a rather niche subject, has moved to educationalist conversation point number one in recent weeks, aided by the Twitter campaign to save the renowned Cambridge History PGCE and the accompanying debate.

While it is welcome that ITT enjoys this refreshingly high profile during a period when recruitment and retention is an undisputed challenge, it has been alarming to see the false dichotomy of school and university set up by many commentators, and the damaging generalisations about both university and school-based ITT being shared by some.

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