The costs and benefits of different teacher training routes

This study is the first comprehensive assessment of the costs and benefits of different teacher training routes in England. It will provide useful evidence for the Department for Education in its goal to improve the quality of teaching, as well as for schools and academics.

The researchers will use a bespoke survey of primary and secondary schools, combined with administrative data on teachers and pupils, to evaluate the short-term impact of trainee teachers on schools’ effectiveness in raising pupil attainment. They will also explore whether trainee teachers stay in the profession, and how they move across schools.

Importantly, the study will document indirect costs (such as supervision and mentoring) and benefits (such as reduced teaching hours) of taking on trainees via different routes.

The study will take into account the possibility that different individuals – who may become more or less effective teachers – may choose different training routes. It will address this potential bias by accounting for teacher characteristics in a comprehensive way.

Interim findings are presented in the IFS Report The Costs and Benefits of Different Initial Teacher Training Routes, published in November 2014.