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Teacher training chalks up top marks

Ofsted inspectors confirmed the University’s ‘Grade 1: Outstanding’ for the quality of its management and quality assurance provision, based on a visit to the School of Education in the autumn term 2007, from which the final report has just been released.
The report focused on primary initial teaching training (ITT) courses, which the University runs in partnership with over 200 schools.
The inspectors found key strengths amongst many others were the high employment rates at the end of the course, the recruitment of well qualified staff who are expert trainers, the quality of the provision and the internal and external assessment of trainee’s teaching.
Professor Kit Field, Dean of the School of Education, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection, which is testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff and students.
“Our students receive an excellent standard of teacher training and this is reflected by the high employment rate for our graduates.”
“What is especially pleasing is that this inspection confirms the excellent standards achieved over a period of time. The team achieved similarly high grades in previous inspections and this demonstrates the ongoing quality of their work.”
The University offers a three year BEd course with either an early years (3-7) or primary (5-11) focus and a primary postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). At the time of the inspection there were 361 trainees.
The University’s secondary school teacher training is also ranked in the top Grade 1 bracket for quality assurance and management.

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