‘It is immoral to expect people to work 70 hours a week with no time off’

As the man responsible for representing teacher trainers, James Noble-Rogers has long called for better conditions in the profession, and he believes the government must do ‘something big’ to reduce heavy workloads. He tells Helen Ward how, after a slow start, education made a big difference in his life – but also left him with atrocious handwriting

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It was teacher trainers who spotted early warning signs of the recruitment crisis now engulfing the profession.

They saw the number of applications beginning to drop off, heard the hesitations of graduates facing ever-more debt and watched the enthusiasm of trainees starting to wane as their workload mounted.

James Noble-Rogers, executive director of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Ucet), represents those trainers.

He has spent years suggesting, persuading and demanding that bold action should be taken on recruitment. For much of that time, it seemed that the ...

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