Issue date: 14 April 2011
The University of the West of England has received a glowing Ofsted report for the provision of teacher training at secondary, primary and further education levels.
The report is divided into two categories. In the first of these, ‘Effectiveness of provision in securing high quality outcomes for trainees’, UWE is judged to be outstanding for secondary provision, good with outstanding features for primary and good for further education training.
In the second category, ‘Capacity to improve further and/or sustain high quality’, both secondary and primary were marked as outstanding and further education provision as good.
Professor Lynn Raphael Reed, Head of UWE’s Department of Education, says she is delighted with the outcome; she said, “The written commentary captures succinctly the strengths that permeate our provision.
“The report captures our commitment to developing extended and reflective professionals equipped to respond effectively to the challenges of today and to achieve the best possible outcomes for diverse groups of learners.
“Our strong partnerships and active engagement with our local and regional communities are praised, as is our commitment to provide opportunities for ongoing continuing professional development.
“The quality of our strategic planning and leadership is highlighted and an aspect which is especially pleasing to note is the recognition of our innovative approaches to training, with many opportunities for creative cross-curricular activity and peer collaboration.
“The opportunity for accelerating learning across our provision is welcome and areas for further development are already being addressed.”
Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor concurs, “We are delighted at this confirmation of the quality of provision of teacher training at UWE. The School of Education has a reputation for excellence of delivery of teacher training and has historically faired very well in these assessments. Well done to the entire department for this fantastic achievement.”
The full report is here http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_providers/full/(urn)/70079