This two-year project involves 5 partners from 5 countries. It addresses this issue of putting pedagogical theory into practice to improve the quality of initial teacher training and produce more confident teachers who are less likely to leave the profession early.
The developed resources and the adopted methodology are based on a PedPack for schools, which was developed by the UK National Strategies over a decade ago, but not widely taken up at the time due to policy changes. The topics are based on whole school strategies, rather than subject specific approaches, to implement pedagogical theory in practice. This project provides updated digital resources in 5 key areas to improve the delivery of ITE and support teachers in their early years to both make the teaching profession more attractive and reduce the drop-out rate due to pressure.
Five key topic areas have been identified by the partners and previous cohorts of trainee teachers as:
- Structuring Learning
- Teaching Models
- Assessment for Learning
- Developing Effective Learning
- Classroom Management
The project addresses a number of the areas highlighted in the ET2020 paper, ‘A guide on policies to improve Initial Teacher Education’, (2015) which pointed out the ‘urgent need to improve Initial Teacher Education’
The objectives of the project are to:
- update five areas of the pedagogical guidance and digitise them
- put the updated guidance into practice in teacher training provision in 5 countries
- trial and test the methodology and the resources
- undertake an impact study on the whole school methodology and the resources
- share the outcomes and materials widely
The specific outputs of the project are:
- A digitised set of pedagogical resources in 5 areas for use in the training and support of trainee teachers
- A training package for teacher trainers and school-based mentors in the use of the resource
- A longitudinal impact study on the PedPack methodology and the updated resources with case studies
- A research report with recommendations on policy
The overall anticipated result will be a new training model and resources and evidence that this can impact on the quality of teaching, despite different educational and cultural contexts. The resource are freely available to regional authorities, training providers and schools across the EU.