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University's teacher education is 'outstanding'

20 July 2010

Canterbury Christ Church University's Faculty of Education has received top grades in its Ofsted report.

Following an inspection in May, which evaluated the Faculty’s primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching, seven ‘outstanding’ grades and one ‘good’ were awarded.

The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996. The secondary and post-compulsory provision received its best grades ever. The Graduate and Registered Teacher Programme, which is also the largest in the country, got two top grades in its first ever inspection.

Dr John Moss, Dean of the Faculty of Education, said: “This excellent outcome is due to the exceptional work of staff at the University and in our partner schools and colleges. I would like to thank them all.

“In recent years we have also succeeded in achieving international recognition for our research in Education. I am very proud of our contribution to Education in the region and across the country.”

Ofsted reported the following ‘particularly strong features’ in the Faculty of Education’s initial teacher education provision:

• The many routes into teaching and the highly innovative programmes
• Extensive and high quality collaborations across all programmes within the University and with a wide range of external partners
• High quality of provision across all phases and programmes
• High quality of leadership at all levels and rigorous drive for continuous improvement
• Extremely high importance given to the personal and professional needs of the trainees

Notes to Editor

• Ofsted inspection grades are as follows:
Grade 1 – Outstanding
Grade 2 – Good
Grade 3 – Satisfactory
Grade 4 - Inadequate

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services. It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has approximately 16,700 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.  Our 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells.

In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission: ‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of our students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.’



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