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11 August 2008 PR 08/122

Loughborough ranked in top ten for teacher training

Loughborough’s teacher training has been rated among the best in the UK, in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2008-09.

The University was ranked ninth out of 73 higher education institutions in the league table, which is published by the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham.

The table is based upon three factors – the inspection rankings given by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), the qualifications of the entrants, and the percentage of trainees in teaching in the January following graduation. In this latter criteria, Loughborough was ranked third, with 85.1% of its graduates employed in secondary level teaching.

“We are delighted by our ranking in the guide,” said Dr Jo Harris, head of Loughborough’s Teacher Education Unit. “It is further confirmation of the quality of the teachers emerging from Loughborough who are going on to make significant contributions to education in our schools.”

Back in April this year Loughborough’s teacher training was graded ‘outstanding’ – the highest possible category – by Ofsted. The review found particular strengths in several areas, including: strong leadership; continuous improvement; exciting innovations; outstanding attention to trainees’ needs; excellent documentation; and well-designed selection procedures.

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  1. The top ten universities were:
    King’s College London

  2. Loughborough University trains up to 130 secondary school teachers a year through its PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) courses in Design and Technology, Physical Education and Science. The PGCE provides practical professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools across the 11-18 age range, and is designed and delivered in partnership with around 70 schools in up to nine surrounding Local Authorities.

  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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