Teachers are being taught well at training school, find inspectors

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DURHAM University’s School of Education has been graded outstanding for its initial teacher education.

It is the second time the school has received the highest rating from Ofsted inspectors.

Professor Peter Tymms, head of the School of Education at Durham University, said: “This is an extraordinary achievement by a very strong team at the university working in partnerships with great schools in the area.

“It helps cement 173 years of teacher education at Durham.”

The Ofsted report said: “As a result of outstanding centre and school-based training and the outstanding impact of leaders and managers, there is high trainee attainment against the standards in primary and secondary courses.

“The partnership in the primary and secondary phases is typified by high expectations of the trainees and for the training, and a shared vision, ethos and purpose.”

The School of Education provides pre-service training for more than 600 primary and secondary teachers through its undergraduate degree in primary teaching, postgraduate PGCE programmes and School Direct provision.

Divisional director for initial teacher education at Durham, Professor Lynn Newton, said: “The achievement reflects a lot of hard work over many years by terrific colleagues in our partnership schools who work as tutors and mentors, as well as a strong and committed team in the School of Education comprising both academic and professional tutors, administrative staff and exceptional students.

“However, none of the partners are complacent – there is a constant review of quality to enhance provision of the best new teachers for the profession.”