SUSPENSION OF RECRUITMENT TO CENTRAL’S INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING COURSES
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, after much consideration, has reluctantly decided to suspend recruitment to its Initial Teacher Training courses. This includes the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Central’s participation in the Department for Education’s School Direct scheme. This decision has been triggered by the continuing changes in government policy in this area and the practical effects of those changes on Central.
The cohort of students currently studying for their PGCEs at Central is not affected by this change in any way. Central’s current commitments to partner institutions and trainees will be fully honoured.
Central’s Post Graduate Certificate Applied Theatre with Young People (PGATYP) in Directing Text, which is run in association with the National Theatre, is separate from the Initial Teacher Training Courses and School Direct scheme. It will therefore be unaffected by this change.
Central has a long and proud history in the field of teacher training. It remains institutionally committed to drama education and to the equipping of new generations of educators with the skills to provide high quality arts education. The School will take forward this commitment in these difficult times by continuing to offer different forms of provision appropriate to the professional development of specialist teachers. So too it will seek to create other learning opportunities for schools. The School, together with its partners, will continue to campaign vigorously for security in Teacher Training provision in our specialist area.