Date of release: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The University of Greenwich has been named one of the best performing providers of Initial Teacher Education in the country for the second year running.

The Department for Education recently announced its multiple-year allocations for 2019-20 – this is the number of places for trainee teachers that universities can offer.

Allocations are normally made on a year-by-year basis, however, for the top performing providers, including the University of Greenwich, allocations have been confirmed for the next three years.

Michael Green, Head of Strategic Partnerships Education at the university, said: "This three year allocation is a testament to the excellent contribution that we and our partners make to support our trainee teachers. We work extremely closely with schools in the local region and beyond to have a transformative impact on the lives and outcomes of learners. It is pleasing to see this recognised by the Department for Education.

"This places us in the top 21 per cent of all providers of initial teacher education in the country. We pride ourselves on the quality of our provision and the excellent support provided by both our tutors and partners.

"We are committed to providing confident and competent teachers to the local region and beyond and this three year allocation is an endorsement of the quality of our trainees."

To identify the top performing providers, the Department for Education draws upon a number of important performance indicators, including the quality of training as recognised by Ofsted, the provider's performance in recruiting trainee teachers, and the quality of outcomes as recognised by the number of trainees who then go onto teach.

Other top providers identified include University of Cambridge, King's College London, the University of Birmingham and University College London.

Acting Head of Department for Teacher Education, Iain Kitchener, said: "We're absolutely thrilled to be recognised as one of the top providers in the country. In a time of real crisis for teacher recruitment and retention we are proud of the contribution that we make to the teacher workforce within the local region, and are delighted that the quality of both our training and our outcomes places us alongside some of the world's leading universities."

The University of Greenwich provides initial teacher education across the early years, primary, secondary and Further Education and Skills sectors. Located at the university's Avery Hill Campus, the university has been training teachers for over a century.