OFSTED recognises Birmingham's outstanding teacher training

Posted on Wednesday 24th August 2011

OFSTED has given a glowing recommendation to the University of Birmingham’s primary and secondary school teacher training after a recent inspection of provision.

The University’s School of Education offers primary and secondary teacher education to more than 350 students. The most recent inspection report in July praised the ‘exceptionally high level of consistency that exists across the training programmes ensuring outstanding equality of opportunity’ for students. Inspectors also noted the careful monitoring and tracking of trainees' progress and support on offer to minimise students’ risks of failure.

The university trains more than 100 primary school teachers working in partnership with 90 local primary schools. The partnership allows the university to offer both an early years course and a general primary course.

Dr Christine Szwed Head of Primary Initial Teacher Education comments 'We are delighted by the positive inspection report as the University has an important role to play in training high quality teachers for the region. We were particularly pleased by the report's endorsement of our continual drive for improvement in noting that 'across the partnership there is a united determination that both training programmes should be of the highest quality possible'.

The secondary training delivers training for 250 students, working with 90 schools. The bulk of this is through a one year full time training course in eight specialist subjects: English, mathematics, geography, history, modern languages, physical education, religious education and science. There is also a two year mathematics course with the first year devoted to enhancing subject knowledge.

Dr Stephanie Prestage Head of Secondary Initial Teacher Education adds 'At the University we work hard to sustain an outstanding teacher training programme developed in partnership with local schools that combines practical experience with a strong research component. We are able to draw on the outstanding research expertise within the department to ensure our courses are cutting edge'.