New ITE models leading to full teaching loads

21 March, 2022

Emergence of alternative models of pre-service teacher experience, including paid internships, has potential to put high-quality education practice and delivery at risk.

 Our union is particularly concerned about emergent trends in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) including paid internships as well as an increase in the use of permission to teach (PTT) provisions and an increase in the number of pre-service teachers working in paraprofessional (school officer) roles while completing their studies.

IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said quality ITE was compromised when pre-service teachers were placed in the classroom without adequate supervision.

“It is also compromised when pre-service teachers are juggling paid work with full-time study and when paraprofessional work is considered adequate preparation for teaching,” he said.

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