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Canterbury Christ Church University College - the best in Teacher Education

12 October 1998

Canterbury Christ Church University College is celebrating. Teacher education courses have received the highest possible scores from OFSTED inspectors. In the eyes of an OFSTED inspector you cannot get better than a "1". Primary teaching courses at Canterbury have been awarded "1s" across the board in the two most recent OFSTED inspections. It is an outstanding track record that no other college or university in England has been able to equal. Courses preparing teachers for secondary schools were graded "very good" (grade 1) or "good" by OFSTED Inspectors.

The OFSTED report on the Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), released in September 1998 describes the course as "of exceptional quality ... providing an excellent model of training". "Trainees (student teachers) establish high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and standards of work." The Report describes the student teachers’ ability to teach and assess number and reading as "outstanding".

The Faculty of Education last welcomed an OFSTED inspection team in 1995-96 when the undergraduate BA leading to Qualified Teacher Status also received a 100 per cent, grade 1, endorsement.

Delighted with the outstanding results, Margaret Alfrey, Dean of Education at the College, believes they will encourage even higher applications to the already popular courses. She explained that Canterbury Christ Church University College has an established reputation. "We can select high quality student whom we feel are committed and will be successful. We work closely with the local education authorities and schools and are as committed as they are to the improvements of standards. We’ve developed a good reputation for ourselves, not only in initial teacher education but also in, for example, early years education, special education needs and a variety of courses for qualified teachers."

The Faculty of Education at Canterbury sent 450 newly qualified teachers into the education workplace in June 1998. 95% have gone straight into schools, a trend that has been consistent over the last five years. Some 55% of them stay in Kent while many others prefer to start their teaching careers in East London schools where students are encouraged to do teaching practice.

Former student, Graham Chisnell, has just become a headteacher at the age of 26. He is as delighted at the success of his old College as staff in the Faculty of Education are delighted at his outstanding achievement. He enthuses, "It’s wonderful that they’ve achieved such results. A lot of hard work went into it. The staff team really pull together and they certainly deserve this success. I speak as a former student and a former lecturer, from both sides of the desk it’s a very successful institution".

Editor’s note

Penny Kimber, Tel: 01227 782823 Fax: 01227 786773 Email:

Margaret Alfrey, Tel: 01227 782404

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