We have some excellent teachers in this country, but many who could make a huge difference in the lives of children choose other professions. Our teachers are trained in some of the best institutions in the world, but the schools which employ these teachers do not get enough of a say in how they are trained, and training does not focus sharply on the techniques teachers most need, such as behaviour management and the effective teaching of reading.

Training our next generation of outstanding teachers sets out our proposals for reform of initial teacher training, building on the ideas in the Schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching.

After a consultation with initial teacher training (ITT) providers, teachers, head teachers, pupils, parents and the general public, we followed up Training our next generation of outstanding teachers with an ITT implementation plan. The plan reaffirms our ambitions for initial teacher training. It confirms policies to meet those ambitions, including bursaries of up to £20,000 for the best graduates to train as teachers, toughening entry requirements, new ways for more schools to lead ITT and improvements to training in early reading and behaviour management.