Issue date: 20 April 2001

The Education Faculty at UWE (University of the West of England) has received the highest possible rating for its teaching from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

The assessment made in April gave the university 24 out of a maximum possible of 24. This follows an equally successful OFSTED Inspection of the Faculty's Continuing Professional Development programme last summer when the Faculty was ranked amongst the highest nationally.

There has been success too in the employment of the Faculty's teacher training graduates with a 99.5% employment rate out of some 300 graduates.

Amongst the courses reviewed by the QAA was its course for Learning Support Assistants. Bristol Education Action Zone (EAZ) with whom the University is working, is keen to sponsor more Learning Support Assistants in order to enhance provision within the Zone for pupils with special educational needs.

UWE is also working with EAZ on other initiatives including developing community based teaching materials on citizenship and an MA programme for artists, art educators and arts teachers who are working within the Zone.

Commenting on the QAA result Joan Whitehead, Dean of the Faculty said, "The strong commitment of staff to high quality teaching, good curriculum design and quality control I believe helped us achieve this excellent result."

The University is due to open its new £16m building for the Education Faculty this summer.


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