Was 2021-22 an Annus Horribilis for teacher educators? reflections on a survey of teacher educators

Aimee Quickfall, Phil Wood

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Abstract

The COVID pandemic temporarily altered the functioning of all sections of society. In England, it led to major disruption in the teacher education sector leading to curtailed training in schools and a rapid shift to alternative approaches to teaching and learning. By the 2021-2022 academic year, it was hoped that activity would return to a level of normalcy. However, the continued hangover of the pandemic together with the return of Ofsted programme inspections and a decision by the UK Government to instigate an accreditation process for all English initial teacher education programmes, required to allow institutions to continue offering initial teacher education beyond 2024, all combined to create the potential for a very difficult year.
We surveyed 159 teacher educators to capture reflections of their experiences form the 2021-22 academic year, understanding their perceptions through the lens of the Job Demands-Resources Model (Demerouti et al., 2001) which identifies those factors which may lead to stress and burnout in the work environment (demands) and those which balance against this and offer emotional well-being (resources). The results show a number of high demands over the course of the year, especially related to accreditation and Ofsted pressures, and the extra demands made by the overhang of the pandemic, all factors leading to increased workload. Counteracting these demands are the resources present, particularly the support between colleagues and a strong commitment and enjoyment gained form working with student teachers. However, the long term sustainability of the role of teacher educator is in question.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Publication statusSubmitted - 1 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • initial teacher education
  • accreditation
  • workload
  • academics

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