, published this week, says that learning how to manage behaviour effectively is vital for trainees. But some initial teacher training (ITT) providers are reluctant to broach the subject, telling the review that "behaviour management cannot be taught" and "trainees need to develop their own strategies".
The review, carried out by Sir Andrew Carter, headteacher of South Farnham School in Surrey, argues that teachers should "start their careers armed with tangible strategies and techniques to draw upon", and calls for behaviour management to be included in a new framework of core content for ITT programmes.
The core content should also include training in evidence-based teaching techniques, child and adolescent development, assessment and special educational needs, the report says. More subject knowledge should be covered, it adds. The government has said it will commission an independent group to look into developing the new framework.
But Professor John Howson, an honorary research fellow at the University of Oxford, said it was "difficult to see" how more subject knowledge could be included without ITT programmes being extended.
Another of the report's recommendations is that qualified teacher status should be promoted as the "essential component" of ITT, with the traditionally university-based PGCE labelled as an "optional academic qualification".
The government is urging schools to take a leading role in training teachers under the School Direct programme. But a source said schools minister David Laws had blocked the relabelling of the PGCE as the Liberal Democrats did not wish to "downgrade" it. Helen Ward
Back to basics
How would you fare in the basic skills tests? Here are some sample questions.
Select the correctly spelled word from the alternatives.
1. ______________comments worked wonders for the team's confidence.
2. For pupils to do well in school, their goals must be______________.
3. Even after the Rugby World Cup, pupils still ______________ football.
Numeracy - mental arithmetic
4. Pupils are asked to stretch a spring to extend its length by 40 per cent. The original length of the spring was 45cm. What should the length of the extended spring be? Give your answer in centimetres.
Numeracy - on screen (calculators allowed)
5. On a school trip, a teacher needs to be in Ostend no later than 18:00 to catch a ferry. She expects the coach to travel from Brussels to Ostend, a distance of 120km, at an average of 50mph. Using the approximation of 5 miles equals 8km, what is the latest time that the coach should leave Brussels? Give your answer using the 24-hour clock.
Answers: 1. b; 2. a; 3. b; 4. 36cm; 5. 16:30