Edge Hill judged to be ‘Outstanding’

Primary teacher training at Edge Hill University has been assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education. The standards body awarded grade 1 for both Quality of Training and Management and Quality Assurance following a review earlier this year. Edge Hill is one of the largest providers of teacher training in the country and works in partnership with over 2,000 schools across the country to provide initial teacher training (ITT) programmes.

The Edge Hill Ofsted report identified a number of key strengths including the well-managed and highly-effective links with partnership schools and the University, the attention given to trainees’ individual needs and how this shapes school placements and the strong relationship that exists between professional values and professional development. Other strengths highlighted were the outstanding support that trainees receive from the University and partnership schools, the provision of high-quality resources across all training programmes and the highly-effective recruitment and selection systems.

Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said: “This result is another endorsement of the professionalism and commitment of the Faculty of Education, our partner schools and the trainees themselves. We are proud to be offering a higher education experience that is judged to be at the highest possible standard.”

Due to the popularity of primary teacher training programmes, no places remain for 2008. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible in September for 2009. A few places remain on Key Stage 2/3 and Secondary programmes starting in September 2008: for information, please call 0800 028 6677 or visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/clearing.