Tuesday, 08 June 2010
The training of teachers at the University of Worcester has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, for the second time.
The detailed report marks the overall effectiveness of the primary and secondary training at the University as Grade 1 – which is officially ‘outstanding’. The University’s Graduate Teacher Programme was also rated Grade 1 ‘outstanding’.
The report contains page after page of outstanding assessments and particularly notes “the strength of the relationships with local authorities and other agencies”.
The inspector’s report states: “A particularly strong feature of the provision is the close integration of all teacher education within the University and the effectiveness of the collaboration across all programmes.”
It continues: “The very strong leadership team provides a clear framework and vision that leads to highly effective sharing of best practice and innovative developments.”
The inspectors noted the “high quality of the personal and professional support for trainees” and the “culture of continuous improvement that permeates all teacher education programmes”.
Professor David Green, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “The baby boom of the last few years means that the Country needs high quality primary school teachers more than ever.
“It is excellent that this full inspection of teacher training at the University of Worcester has found that primary teacher training is officially outstanding in every aspect and that secondary teacher training and the Graduate Teacher Programme are outstanding as well.”
The University of Worcester provides training for primary, secondary and further education teachers, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The inspectors said of the secondary training: “A noteworthy characteristic of Worcester trainees is their preparation for teachers’ wider roles in schools; for example their understanding of safeguarding, teachers’ pastoral role and how to teach personal, social and health education.”
They also noted the University’s high employment rates for trainees – well above the national average.
Professor Chris Robertson, Head of the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester said: “I am delighted that our outstanding national profile has been confirmed by Ofsted yet again. We know our innovative and high quality teacher training programmes at the University both educate and train the very best teachers who can make a huge difference to children’s learning and lives.”
Worcester’s new MP, Robin Walker, has also praised the University of Worcester in his maiden speech in the House of Commons. Speaking in the House on Tuesday, June 8, Mr Walker, said: “... I am very proud that Worcester boasts the Country’s fastest growing university. The University of Worcester, which I congratulate on its recent Ofsted report, was rated ‘outstanding’ for its training of teachers at primary and secondary level."
The full report can be viewed on the Ofsted website.