Date of release: Monday, October 30, 2017

Teacher ExcellenceThe University of Greenwich has been named by the Department for Education as one of the best performing providers of Initial Teacher Education in the country.

On 26 October the government announced its multiple-year allocations for 2018. Allocations of trainee teacher numbers are normally allocated 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.

Chris Philpott, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Education & Health, says: "We're absolutely thrilled to be recognised as one of the top providers in the country. This accolade follows a very successful Ofsted of all our Initial Teacher Education Provision and excellent National Student Survey outcomes.

"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."

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 Durham, Oxford and Cambridge.

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

Head of the Department for Teacher Education, Felicity Hilditch, adds: "This recognition places us in the top 14 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"

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

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