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Minister questions Bath PGCE closure plan

“I would rather keep providers like Bath in the system,” Schools Minister David Laws told the House of Commons Select Committee on Education on 11th September. Several MPs questioned Bath’s proposal to close its teacher training course. The Minister confirmed that it was never the intention of the Government’s new arrangements for teacher training that high quality providers such as Bath should respond by withdrawing their longstanding partnerships with local schools. His remarks reinforce the view that Bath has hit the panic button while other universities sit tight. Apart from the 9 jobs at risk, UCU is just as concerned that a Department of Education without its teacher training course will soon wither away leaving many more redundancies.

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