Making History Teachers: The role of teacher training and teacher education

Sundeep Lidher, Claire Alexander, Rashida Bibi

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A briefing from Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and Runnymede Trust.


In the wake of Black Lives Matter and the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and teacher trainers have expressed a strong commitment to developing a more inclusive curriculum and changing pedagogic practice to tackle entrenched racial inequity in schools.

While barriers for teachers have long been recognised, there has been little focus on the crucial role of teacher educators and teacher training in developing a diverse profession, practice and curriculum.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provision is increasingly fragmented and marketised. Within this ‘chaos’, the key concerns of teacher educators included: subject knowledge being deprioritised, a lack of monitoring, the quality of in-school training, and intellectual freedom being eroded.

There are a number of constraints in the teacher education space, including lack of time, ‘tick-box’ approaches to ‘diversity’ work, gaps in trainers’ subject knowledge, and lack of Black and minority ethnic representation among teacher educators/trainee teachers.

In schools, significant constraints were identified, including other issues being
prioritised, teacher apathy or resistance, limited time for innovation, lack of training and guidance in teaching ‘difficult’ or ‘sensitive’ subjects, and the need for accredited, high-quality continuous professional development (CPD) for all

School-based mentors are key to supporting the transition from ITE to in-school teaching. However, this requires a commitment to partnership working, to training and support from mentors who are suitably recognised and remunerated, and to developing a more diverse mentoring cohort.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherRunnymede Trust and Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE)
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • teachers
  • teacher training
  • teacher education
  • curriculum
  • diversity

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities


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