Press Release

20 June 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove MP has highlighted a pioneering partnership for teacher training between Canterbury Christ Church University and Harris Academies.

In a speech last week to the National College annual conference, the Education Minister spoke about a newly-launched pilot programme called School Direct. This will offer schools the opportunity to recruit their own trainee teachers whilst developing a high-quality training programme in partnership with a university.

Mr Gove used the ground-breaking work that Christ Church is carrying out with Harris Academies, via the School Direct programme, to show delegates how universities and schools can forge strong partnerships to produce innovative training for future teachers.

Christ Church is one of only two universities highlighted for its partnership approach.

In his speech, he said: “For example Harris Academies have decided to partner with Canterbury Christ Church University and have worked closely with them to select trainees and design a training programme. Harris staff will be as closely involved as possible in the core teaching days on the programme, and will increase this involvement as the programme evolves. Staff from Harris have already accompanied staff from Canterbury Christ Church on a research trip to Finland.”

Dr John Moss, Dean of the Faculty of Education, said: “The University has established numerous partnerships with Academy chains, including the United Learning Trust and the Kemnal Academy Trust, alongside Harris Academies, and with other individual schools in Kent, Medway and London, to drive the School Direct programme forward.

“We have been providing initial teacher education in close partnership with schools for 20 years, and are very pleased by the Secretary of State’s acknowledgement of our contribution to the newest model of training.”

Sir Daniel Moynihan, CEO Harris Federation, said: "Harris Federation is delighted to be engaged in Initial Teacher Training as part of our Teaching School offer. With the majority of Harris Academies now judged to be ‘outstanding’ we are pleased to be able to share our expertise with students, teachers and to be working in partnership with Christ Church."

In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been given the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.

Research in the faculty is already established as "world leading" or "internationally excellent", following the Research Assessment Exercise (2008).

For further information on the Faculty of Education and teacher training visit:

The full speech by Michael Gove at the National College annual conference (14 June 2012) is available here.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

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

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • Christ Church has one of the best teacher training records in the country, with both its Initial Teacher Training and Teach First programmes recently awarded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and being in the Complete University Guide’s UK top 10 for three consecutive years.
  • Over 90% of our newly qualified teachers are in teaching jobs six months after finishing their course.
  • Founded in 1962 as a teacher training college, 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee this year, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.



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