The Government is introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which aims to recognise and reward high quality teaching in higher education.
The purpose is to:
- give students clear information about where teaching quality is best and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
- encourage a stronger focus on the quality of teaching in higher education.
Through the TEF, the quality of teaching at higher education providers (e.g. universities and colleges) in the UK will be assessed and rated.
The TEF, developed by the Department for Education, is voluntary and each higher education provider decides whether or not to take part.
Over time, the TEF will continue to develop, including moving to subject-level TEF assessments (which will be piloted in late 2017).