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Schools and Children's Centres Pick Up New Award from University of Worcester

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More than 60 primary schools, children’s centres and early years settings picked up a new award from the University of Worcester’s Institute of Education, recognising outstanding regional partners in the world of education.

The Institute of Education Partnership Awards scheme acknowledges many schools, colleges and other education partners for their commitment and dedication to working successfully with the University in high quality partnerships.

Worcestershire County Council’s Tudor Way Children’s Centre was among those to collect an award during the third ceremony, held at The Hive, Worcester’s new joint university and public library last week.

Alison Nicholas, Tudor Way Children's Centre Manager, said: “I am very pleased that the Institute of Education recognised our partnership work with the University of Worcester. It is great that we are able to offer placements at our centres enabling students to gain hands on experience of the early years sector, while at the same time we receive valuable help from eager and willing students.”

Professor Chris Robertson, Head of the University’s Institute of Education, said: “Schools, Colleges, Early Years and other important partnerships provide quality mentoring and professional experience to ensure those working with children gain an excellent foundation. This is a much valued and essential part of our work in Initial Teacher Education at the University of Worcester, which has been consistently judged ‘Outstanding’ in all aspects by Ofsted in successive inspections.

“At this event, we recognised and celebrated our many excellent partnerships with primary schools in the region with whom we work closely to train and develop the teachers of the future. The commitment of our schools to training future teachers is key to our success as an ‘Outstanding’ provider nationally.

“This award ceremony signifies the value we place on our partnerships and our intention to continue working together to develop and support regional excellence in education. We have an exciting and innovative programme of development to achieve this purpose jointly.”

Further award ceremonies are currently being planned over the next few months to recognise and celebrate other high quality partnerships across the region which flourish with the University’s Institute of Education.

Successful partnership is defined by the values and principles upheld by the Institute of Education and its partners who are committed to working together to make a real difference to children, young people and their families by training the very best professionals to work with the next generation.