This page contains information for ITE Providers about the Teaching Council's response to COVID-19.
Information and Support
The Teaching Council distributes a regular ITE newsletter with information about policy changes, systems and processes, and sector news. Any changes in our COVID response will also be shared in the ITE newsletter.
Temporary Change Policy in 2022
The Teaching Council have re-implemented most of the temporary changes to the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Requirements that we used in 2020 and 2021. These temporary changes will apply retrospectively from 1 January 2022. This entitles all ITE providers to make Temporary Change applications in similar ways to 2020 and 2021, but with awareness that:
- the 25% professional experience placement reduction is not currently an option in this 2022 policy
The downloadable form below is to be used for any temporary programme changes in response to pressures experienced from Omicron. Many of the changes only require a notification to the Teaching Council, while any proposed alternative Professional Experience Placement (PEP) or assessments, and/or any proposed change to teaching online for campus-based programmes who do not have a blended/online option, will require approval. The Teaching Council will address these approvals urgently to minimise any disruption to your programmes.
We also kindly ask all ITE providers to make prompt contact with your respective partners and students to inform them of any changes you make in light of this temporary policy.
The Council wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all ITE providers and partners for the patience shown recently within highly complex circumstances. The Council hopes that this announcement assists the planning and operation of ITE programmes for 2022.