Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Teacher training at the University of Worcester has been highly praised in the latest inspection from the Government watchdog, Ofsted.
Inspectors found that the University, in partnership with several hundred schools and colleges, provided strong training and mentoring, producing high quality, inspirational teachers, who were snapped up by schools across the country.
“The University enjoys a very good reputation locally and regionally,” they said. “This is evident in the high employment rates across each of the three training phases.”
The inspectors looked at Primary, Secondary and Further Education training provision and highlighted a number of areas of best practice, including positive relationships between the University and its partner schools and colleges, plus strong links with health professionals, “resulting in trainees’ good ability to recognise the full range of pupils’ needs”. The University was rated as Good across all three provisions.
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.”
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.”
In the report, the inspectors highlight the University’s work to help children with special educational needs. The inspectors found that: “University-based training, including that for special educational needs and sport, is of high quality. The result is that trainees understand and promote inclusion well, which, in turn, is enabling them to overcome barriers to pupils’ learning and physical development.”
The inspectors added that “schools have confidence in trainees’ ability to teach well and, post-qualification, trainees stay in the teaching profession.”
Trainees’ access to “excellent resources” was another highlight of the report, with inspectors singling out The Hive and the University of Worcester Arena. “The creation of The Hive, with its excellent library and resource facility, and strong links with health professionals, has instilled in trainers and trainees a multi-disciplinary approach,” the report states. “As a result, trainees see pupils’ needs more than just educational; they see the importance that well-being and healthy lifestyles plays on children’s and pupils’ development.”
The inspectors visited the University and also observed trainees and newly qualified teachers in their school settings.
They found “highly committed and reflective trainees, who demonstrate the determination to become good or better teachers”.
“Trainees possess a strong desire to become good and outstanding teachers,” the report states. “All trainees demonstrate good performance across the Teachers’ Standards and exceed the minimum level required.”
In addition, the inspectors praised the staff at the University, recognising the “highly qualified course leaders, and the good training that effectively combines academic rigour with a strong emphasis on practical experience in schools”.