Primary teacher education at Leicester receives outstanding grade

A teacher education programme at our University 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 our 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.

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."

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.”

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