Teacher-training at the University of Wales in Bangor has received a glowing report from inspectors, with teaching quality well above the Welsh average.
Estyn, the Welsh inspections agency, described the quality of teaching, training and assessment as "good with outstanding features" and praised tutors for being effective role models for trainees. "Tutors show very well-developed skills in conveying insight and enthusiasm and in providing challenging discussion," said inspectors, who were particularly impressed with training methods in science. Tutors were praised for their effective use of computer technology and relating to trainees' experiences in schools.
The teaching of 70 per cent of the trainees was deemed to be good and this, said Estyn, was well above the average of 55 per cent across Wales. Most trainees make good progress and gain qualified teacher status. Around 85 per cent of trainees who completed courses last year found jobs.
Dr Janet Pritchard, head of Bangor's education department, said she was delighted with Estyn's findings. "The quality of our training and our partnerships with the primary and secondary schools of North Wales are all key to our success, and a report like this recognises everyone's dedication and hard work," she said. The university offers four courses of initial teacher training, and more than 400 students are accepted to train in Bangor each year.
A large proportion of entrants are trained through Welsh.