Inspectors commend Bishop Grosseteste University’s teaching programme

Bishop Grosseteste University’s teacher training partnership has received a largely positive report following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The two-stage inspection at the Lincoln university took place in June and December 2015, with inspectors reviewing the overall effectiveness of the programme.

In the report published on Tuesday, January 26, trainee outcomes, the quality of training and the overall effectiveness of the partnership in securing consistently high-quality outcomes were all graded as good in primary, early years and secondary programmes.

Inspectors praised the leadership for sharing “a common vision for continuous improvement” and its teamwork.

The report noted that the partnership has made “an important contribution to the recruitment, selection and supply of teachers to local schools and the wider region.”

The partnership, which includes Lincoln College and New College Stamford, was also said to have provided trainees with high-quality levels of pastoral care and support.

However, the overall effectiveness of initial teacher training in further education ‘requires improvement’, according to the inspectors.

The report said: “Although leaders of the further education provision have implemented a number of necessary changes to enhance training provision, these improvements are yet to raise outcomes for trainees.

“The outcomes for trainees in the other three routes are all good due to good training and leadership and management.

“Leadership and management is outstanding for the early years initial teacher training.”

Dr Nick Gee, Head of the School of Teacher Development at BGU, said: “We are very pleased with the inspection judgements, which all mirror our own self-evaluation.

“We are particularly delighted by the recognition given to our excellent pastoral support, the full involvement of our partnership, the embedding of research within our training and the strength of leadership and management throughout all levels of provision.”