The University of Gloucestershire has achieved an outstanding end-of-term report for its primary teaching courses from the government’s Ofsted inspectors.
The inspection of all the University’s teaching courses gave the department of education an ‘outstanding’ grade in 10 out of 11 areas for its BEd and PGCE courses in primary education and ‘good’ with several ‘outstanding’ features for the rest of its provision including secondary PGCE courses.
The Ofsted report noted six key strengths of the primary courses including ‘highly effective leadership’ and ‘the support for personal well-being of all trainees.’
The University’s education department works in close partnership Gloucestershire schools and the local authority.  These relationships were praised for the ‘excellent communication and collaboration across the partnership’, ‘the effectiveness of the partnerships in identifying and meeting local and regional needs and the extremely high proportion of former trainees employed at all levels in partnership schools.’
Acting Head of Initial Teacher Training, Sue Shorrock said: “Colleagues are delighted with the reports which recognise the excellent work of the course leaders, school partners and teaching teams both at the University and school-based.”
Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor Paul Hartley said: “This is an outstanding outcome for the department of education and is further evidence of our high-quality training and effective partnership with the school sector.” 

A small number of places are still available on the BEd primary course for September.  More information about the course can be found at the University website at or by emailing [email protected]

The University of Gloucestershire provides initial teacher education (ITE) leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) in the primary and secondary age ranges. The secondary provision also leads to a professional or postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). The primary provision includes undergraduate provision leading to a bachelor of education (BEd) qualification and a PGCE programme.

The secondary provision in the University is part of the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP); this is a partnership between the Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers (GASH) and the university with the close involvement of the local authority.

This inspection report covers the University’s primary and secondary ITE provision based in the University

Source: University of Gloucestershire