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Top Ofsted praise for Bath Spa teaching programmes

Bath Spa University is celebrating after receiving high recognition for its Teacher Education programmes from Ofsted

Posted by Hannah Oakman | December 14, 2015 | Teaching

The Bath Spa Institute for Education has been awarded a grade 1 judgement, representing an “outstanding” provision for its primary and secondary teacher education programmes, and the highest grade that can be given.  

This is the second successive Ofsted inspection resulting in a grade 1 score for the Institute for Education’s Primary and Secondary programmes which builds on a long established history of teacher training, excellent education research, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The report followed a two-stage inspection during which all aspects of the University’s teacher education programmes were examined, along with follow-up visits of newly qualified Bath Spa teachers in their first year of teaching in schools.

Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor at Bath Spa University, said: "Bath Spa trained teachers acquire a diverse range of skills and experience during their time with us. They are creative, digitally literate, globally networked and take these attributes into the classroom with them. It is evident from this extremely positive report that these attributes are in demand by employers who recognise the high calibre of our graduates.”

Dean of Bath Spa Institute for Education, Dr Kate Reynolds added: “One of the benefits of our university-led programme is that our students gain a theoretical grounding that is seamlessly balanced by the practical skills gained in different school placements.  I want to thank all the schools, staff, students and settings that work with us to produce outstanding teachers that we know make a real difference to children and young people.”

Bath Spa University works closely with a partnership of some 335 primary and secondary schools in the region to deliver the training programme.

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