College’s Initial Teacher Education Course receives ‘Outstanding’ at Ofsted

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London can celebrate once more as Ofsted have awarded their Initial Teacher Education course, in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University an overall ‘Grade 1 - Outstanding’ in inspection.

Canterbury Christ Church University is partnered with 15 FE colleges, offering accredited Teacher Training and they provide 25% of the training each College student receives. The Ofsted inspection covered the effectiveness, success and quality of training across all partnerships, and inspectors spent time at the university and each partner and placement college where current trainees teach.

The College is partnered with the Canterbury Christ Church University on the Diploma in Education and Training, a Level 5 course and the Pre-Service PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, a Level 6 course which could lead to employment or other Higher Education programmes. The success of the inspection comes just a few weeks after the College’s Ofsted inspection which found the College to be Outstanding for Leadership and Management and Business and Accounting Apprenticeships and Good for all areas of the curriculum inspected.

Jane O’Neill, Interim Principal and Chief Executive said of the results “Taking advantage of partnerships with some of the best education institutions has contributed greatly to the on-going success of the College. This new ‘Outstanding’ result only goes to prove the importance of building partnerships in providing the best educational training we can.”

Key points made in the Ofsted Inspection Report

The key strengths of the FE partnership:

  • “the highly successful and collaborative provision that makes a significant contribution to raising standards within the FE sector nationally and regionally”
  • “trainees’ consistently high and rising attainment and employment rates”
  • “the strong focus within the training on improving learners’ English and mathematics skills, which gives trainees confidence and a range of techniques to follow this up in the classroom”
  • “the exceptional clarity and effectiveness of systems to monitor trainees’ progress which ensure that all trainees reach their full potential”

The report goes on the praise the high quality and successes of the teachers that the courses produce. Key points below:

  • “Success rates for trainees are very high.”
  • “Trainees’ attainment is outstanding. Trainees in the current year are almost all good or outstanding, with a high proportion of outstanding teaching observed during inspection.”
  • Trainees are “...confident in the ways they use information and communication technology to enhance lessons. Leaners benefit from the trainees’ ability to teach varied and engaging lessons.”
  • “At all centres, trainees provided good evidence of successful planning to meet the needs of students with a very wide range of barriers to learning.”

The inspectors rated the quality of training across the partnership as “Outstanding”:

  • “Trainees make outstanding progress as a result of the exceptionally high-quality training they receive.”
  • “An open, non-judgemental and supportive culture of professional trust and respect permeates the training.”
  • “All trainees are very well supported to develop their skills in English and mathematics… Tutors and mentors carefully monitor trainees …to support the development needs of their learners”
  • “Progression routes for trainees are excellent.”

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