Teachers to be trained on the job

Teachers will be trained on the job in the classroom under a radical shake-up of training to be announced by the Government.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is planning to set up 100 teaching schools – designed to do the same job as teaching hospitals – from this September.

Eventually, between 400 and 500 schools will receive this designation. The idea is to select schools classified as "outstanding" to carry out the task and get them to help neighbouring schools to take on some trainees. Each trainee will be assigned a mentor.

However, teacher trainers are worried the plan may be accompanied by cuts in budgets for teacher training courses – which will still play a role under the new system.