School based trainers more likely to be 'outstanding'

Figures show SCITTs almost twice as likely to be rated outstanding as university providers

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School based teacher training providers are more likely to be get an Ofsted rating of outstanding than universities, new figures reveal.

The inspectorate rated 43 per cent of school based initial teacher education (ITE) courses as outstanding compared with 27 per cent of higher education providers.

And more than 80 per cent of partnerships run by Teach First – ten of 12 - have been given Ofsted’s top grade.

Higher education providers are larger institutions, teaching far more trainees and usually offering courses across several phases, such as early years and further education, according to Ofsted.

The new figures from the inspectorate show the effectiveness grades of ITE providers at the end of June this year.

There 53 ITE providers that have not been inspected (14 per cent of the total). Of these, 49 are school centred initial teacher training (SCITT) providers.

The overwhelmingly majority of SCITT and university providers are rated as at least good.

Ninety nine percent of both SCITT partnerships and higher education institution (HEI) age phase partnerships are good or outstanding - the same proportion as at the end of June 2016 and June 2017. 

In total 311 of the 313 ITE age phase partnerships were judged to be good or outstanding at their most recent inspection. The remaining two were judged to require improvement.

The two age phase partnerships that require improvement are early years initial teacher training (ITT) at Oxford Brookes University and primary/secondary training at Peninsula Teacher Training Cornwall SCITT.

Oxford Brookes is no longer offering early years ITT and Peninsula SCITT closed at the end of the last academic year.

The report also highlights how 100 SCITTs are part of a multi-academy trust. The Ofsted report says: “So far the outcomes for inspections of SCITTs in MATs are fairly similar to those for SCITTs not in MATs. A fuller picture of the quality of SCITTs in MATs will be possible when the remaining partnerships have been inspected.”

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