BTSA partner, The University of Derby, upholds excellent reputation

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The University of Derby’s College of Education has upheld its excellent reputation for teacher training after being awarded the highest accolade from Ofsted in their latest report. Ofsted awarded ‘Outstanding’ to Derby’s Primary and Further Education (FE) and Skills (post-14) provision. It also acknowledged that the ITE (Initial Teacher Education) partnership has an excellent reputation with its trainees, newly qualified teachers (NQTs), employers and partner organisations, including Britannia Teaching School Alliance.

ITT programmes go from strength to strength

Reporting on the quality, Ofsted highlighted that the University’s teacher training programmes are going from strength to strength; putting the trainees at the heart of all they do, with a Primary Leadership Team, who ensures that trainees’ outcomes are excellent.

“The University’s relationship with its partnership schools is excellent. Many of the schools are long-standing members of the partnership and those joining are often making a clear preference to work with this provider,” the report said.

“Schools are an integral component of the training partnership. They are increasingly involved in the different aspects of the training programmes and contribute well to the future direction of travel.”

Highlighting the outstanding FE and Skills provision, the Ofsted report said: “The University of Derby provides excellent training for teachers and trainers in the further education and skills sector. Teaching and learning are lively and thought-provoking; challenging students to rise to the high expectations set by trainees and NQTs in their lessons.”

“The partnership is extremely strong; stakeholders at all levels work well together to the benefit of trainees and newly qualified teachers. There is particularly strong and dynamic leadership from the University which ensures that partners are fully engaged in the development of the programme.”

Dr Lynn Senior, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Derby, said: “We are thrilled with this recognition of the hard work and high quality of education we provide.

A word from BTSA

The University offers a number of routes into teaching including School Direct in partnership with Britannia Teaching School Alliance. BTSA Programme Leader Gill Latos said, “It has been very productive working with the University of Derby to develop an exceptional School Direct programme. As an alliance we really appreciate the collaborative partnership and feel everyone has worked well together to create a gold standard programme that has been justly awarded an outstanding judgement.”

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