powering public services
Cathedrals Group universities play a leading role in training and teaching people who progress to work in some of the most critical and meaningful roles in society. Alongside our significant part in training teachers, we also have major partnerships with the NHS, local government and the police. Our universities are proud to produce hundreds of new nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and third sector professionals every year, alongside the thousands of teachers who train with us. We also play a vital role in the continuing professional development of these and other key public sector roles, for example, many of our degree apprenticeships are now supporting people in the public sector to advance into leadership roles.
This experience and insight means our universities are well placed to inform and influence the future development of public and community services. This has become especially important since the pandemic, which has brought the fundamental importance of these services into sharper view. Our members are working with those at the frontline to understand the challenges they face and support the next generation of local champions.
Our current work
In early January 2021, the Department for Education announced its intention to review the way that teachers in England are trained.
Cathedrals Group universities have been training teachers across the country for nearly 200 years. We contribute significantly to the wider role of the higher education sector in meeting demand for teachers across the country. We are also closely connected to the schools and communities that many of our trainees go on to work in. In addition, we have an exceptional range of research and practical expertise that push the development of teacher training forward.
We have been working with partners across the sector to inform the Department's review. This has included early representations to the review group and politicians. We are working collaboratively with our colleagues in the Anglican, Catholic and Methodist Churches, who maintain a strong interest in the way teachers are trained and supported.
You can read more about our views on the future direction of teacher training in a recent blog by our Chair, Professor Peter Neil. If you would like to know more about this work, please get in touch.