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28 April 2008 PR 08/52

Loughborough University teacher training graded ‘outstanding’


Loughborough University’s teacher training has been graded as ‘outstanding’ – the highest possible category – by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

The grading followed a recent review of teacher training provision at the University. It 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.

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.

Dr Jo Harris, Director of the University’s Teacher Education Unit, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has confirmed the quality of Loughborough’s Initial Teacher Training as outstanding and awarded us the highest grade possible.

“Design and Technology, Physical Education and Science trainees who obtain Qualified Teacher Status at Loughborough are recognised by Ofsted as high quality teachers who are able to make significant contributions to raising standards of education in our schools, and they can look forward to a successful and satisfying career”.

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  1. 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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