Will Hazell

The knowledge evangelists move in on teacher training

Launch of ‘first knowledge-based PGCE’ sparks anger among university providers

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University education departments have long been accused by the government of being bastions of outdated orthodoxy when it comes to initial teacher training. Former education secretary Michael Gove even went so far as to deride them as “The Blob” – a group that he accused of trying to stymie his reforms.

But a private university is now set to offer “the UK’s first PGCE to focus on ‘knowledge-based’ secondary and primary school teaching”. BPP University, which provides law, accountancy and other professional qualifications, will offer its new course from September. In doing so, it will be ...

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