University's Teach First programmes achieve OFSTED success

18 February 2016

The School of Teacher Education and Development has achieved success in a two-stage Ofsted inspection of its Teach First programmes in London and the South-East.

The School of Teacher Education and Development has achieved success in a two-stage Ofsted inspection of its Teach First programmes in London and the South-East.

The reports highlight ‘a clear vision for excellence, strong partnerships and the absolute commitment of everyone to the Teach First core values, [which] underpin every aspect of the programme’.

Inspectors commented on the commitment of both partnerships to improving the quality of education for disadvantaged pupils, and noted that in London, ‘the partnership produces large numbers of consistently good, and often outstanding, teachers who significantly enhance the quality of education in London schools’.

Overall the Teach First London Partnership was rated as outstanding and the South-East partnership as good, with outstanding leadership and management. In addition to identifying the multiple strengths of the existing programme, the inspectors were in no doubt as to the capacity of the programme to improve and develop in the future, recognising that for the partnerships ‘Nothing but the best will do… no one is content to stand still and rest on past triumphs. Priorities for improvement are very accurate and improvement planning is comprehensive and ambitious’.

William Stow, Head of the School of Teacher Education and Development in the Faculty of Education said: “We are delighted to have the quality and scale of our work recognised through the Ofsted process. The inspectors not only recognised the considerable strengths of the current provision but also our commitment and capacity to further enhance our Teach First programmes.”

The University is currently the single biggest partner in the Teach First partnership, working with beginner teachers in three regions – London, the South East and the East of England.

Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

 

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