Date of release: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The quality of training in Primary Education at the University of Greenwich is outstanding, according to the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).

Ofsted found that the key strengths of the primary partnership include the innovative approach of its leaders, and a quest for continual improvements. It reported there was an extremely strong relationship between the university and its partner schools, and that a successful blend of university-based and school-based training was an important feature of its undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

"Excellent use is made of specialist expertise within the partnership, to ensure that trainees are very well prepared to start their teaching careers," the report stated. Inspectors also made special mention of trainees' enthusiasm, and strong impact on pupils' progress and learning.

"They (Greenwich graduates) are very much the first choice for employers in the local and wider London region," the report states. "There is a confidence among headteachers that, if they recruit a University of Greenwich NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher), he or she will be highly professional and competent."

In addition, teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of Early Years, Secondary Education and Further Education was rated as good by Ofsted in its recent report.

Linda Burke, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Education & Health, says: "We owe this achievement to excellent leadership and much hard work in preparation for what was a long and intense inspection. The report endorses our ambition to further develop relationships with our local community across a rich set of interrelated disciplines including education, health, social work and counselling."

Ofsted's ratings took into account factors such as securing the best outcomes for trainees, the quality of training, and the strength of the university's leadership and management.

Inspectors said that the university's trainees and newly qualified teachers are highly professional in both their personal and professional conduct. "They are good role models and expect the very best efforts from their pupils and students," Ofsted noted.

"All phases of initial teacher training prepare trainees and NQTs very well to meet the diverse needs of both the local and wider community." 

There are also high employment rates following the completion of all Greenwich teacher training programmes.

The university works in close partnership with 365 schools, academies, colleges and nurseries across 19 local authorities in London, Kent, Essex and the south-east of England, to provide teacher training.

There are a wide range of education and training programmes on offer, based within the university's Faculty of Education & Health:

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