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University receives top marks for teacher training

Worcester Editorial 1st May, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

TEACHER training at the University of Worcester has been praised in the latest inspection by Ofsted.

Inspectors found the University, in partnership with several hundred schools and colleges, provided strong training and mentoring which produced high quality, inspirational teachers who were snapped up by schools across the country.

The Government watchdog looked at primary, secondary and further education training and was rated as good across all three.

Professor David Green, the university’s vice chancellor and chief executive, said: “The University educates many hundreds of new teachers every year with great success.

“Our newly trained teachers are in great demand in the region and beyond. This work is only possible thanks to the highly effective, practical, professional partnerships we enjoy with schools across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the surrounding areas.

“We are very grateful to all our partners and to the University’s inspirational staff who do so much to produce the high quality, inspirational teachers our children need and deserve.”

The report said the university enjoyed a very good reputation both locally and regionally and this was evident in the high employment rates across each of the three training phases.

It also praised trainees’ access to excellent resources with inspectors singling out The Hive and the University of Worcester Arena.

University based training, including that for special educational needs and sport, was also found to be of high quality.

Ann Jordan, acting head of the University’s Institute of Education, added: “I am absolutely delighted that Ofsted continues to recognise the excellent features of our teacher training programmes.

“Our trainees are highly confident, inspirational teachers who go on to make a positive impact on children and young people’s learning.

“They are clearly valued by employers and employability rates are consistently high with trainees sought after by schools.

“The report also emphasises the excellent relationships we have with schools within the region and recognises the strength of the partnership and how this impacts on high quality outcomes achieved by trainees.”

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