In developing the new inspection framework, we were at pains to ensure that we did not introduce any requirements beyond those of the Secretary of State.
It is very hard to see how any alleged changes in the supply of early-years or sixth-form specialist teachers can be the result of inspection.
Shortages in the supply of suitable training placements, either in early-years settings or for post-16 teaching, are important constraints in the teacher-training system but cannot be attributed to Ofsted.
However, where, for whatever reason, trainees are not receiving the training they were promised or have a right to expect, Ofsted must make this public.
Cliff Gould Head of teacher education Office for Standards in Education, London SE1
The Editor writes: Our story suggested that the more rigorous inspection requirements for sustained and significant placements in all age groups covered by teacher training, combined with existing difficulties in getting placements in sixth-forms and early-years settings, are leading some universities to reduce the age ranges of their courses.
We believe we were right to report that this could constrict the supply of teachers trained to work with the youngest and oldest children.