Training for tomorrow's primary school teachers receives 'outstanding' grade

Posted by pt91 at Nov 25, 2015 02:42 PM |
Latest Ofsted inspection gives University of Leicester highest ever ratings for PGCE course

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 November 2015

A teacher education programme at the University of Leicester has received the highest possible rating from Ofsted for its education of tomorrow's teachers.

In the most recent inspection of the PGCE programmes provided by the University's School of Education, the Primary PGCE achieved an exceptional Grade 1, or 'Outstanding’, in all four key judgement areas, the highest possible rating.

In addition, the School of Education's Secondary PGCE received a Grade 2, or 'Good', result in all four key areas.

The Ofsted report highlights a number of strengths applicable to both programmes, including:

  • The training provided by the partnership is underpinned by academic rigour that enables trainees and former trainees to become highly reflective practitioners.
  • Trainees and former trainees place a high value on the range and depth of the training provided by the partnership, that develops their high-quality teaching.
  • Trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) are greatly prized by local and regional schools for their high levels of professionalism and their well-developed personal qualities.
  • Leaders and managers of the partnership make a strong commitment to securing a highly skilled and professional workforce for local and regional schools.

Dr Chris Wilkins, Director of Teacher Education in the School of Education, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of this inspection, particularly the finding that our graduates possess particular strengths in those areas that schools look for first in their teachers; they have excellent subject knowledge, excellent behaviour management skills and high levels of professionalism.  These qualities explain just why our graduates are so prized by schools; we take great pride in the contribution we make to the teaching profession, and strongly believe this is a result of the academic rigour embedded into our PGCE courses which enables them to develop into highly reflective practitioners.

"The other crucial factor in our success, however, is the contribution made by our partnership schools.  We firmly believe that the best teacher education draws upon strong partnerships between schools and universities – bringing together expert practitioners and leading edge scholars to give students the very best start to their professional lives.”

In their report on the Primary PGCE, Ofsted inspectors state that: "University tutors and the professional tutors are highly qualified, passionate about their subjects, and passionate about supporting the trainees to become outstanding teachers. They are committed to keeping in touch with former trainees to offer help and advice as part of the university’s commitment to a growing community of learning."

The School of Education at the University of Leicester has been involved in teacher education for more than forty years, and currently works in partnership with over 200 primary and secondary schools in the State and independent sectors, and in city, suburban and rural settings. Since the government launched a ‘school-led’ teacher education initiative in 2011, the School of Education has diversified the routes by which students can study for a University of Leicester PGCE; in addition to its ‘core’ PGCE programmes, it also offers School Direct PGCE across a wide range of subjects and school-based SCITT partnerships with schools across the region.

You can read Ofsted’s report here:


Notes to Editors:

For more information contact

Dr Chris Wilkins (Director of Teacher Education)

School of Education,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK


Sue Davis (Head of Primary PGCE)

School of Education,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK


Dr Jo Anna Reed Johnson (Head of Secondary PGCE)

School of Education,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK


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