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24 February 2011 | PR 11/17

Teacher training at Loughborough graded ‘outstanding’


Loughborough University has received the highest possible grade from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) in a recent inspection of the University’s secondary initial teacher training (ITT) provision.

This is the third consecutive time since 2005 that the University’s teacher training has been graded as ‘outstanding’ in the formal inspection process.

Loughborough was awarded a Grade 1 for both ‘overall effectiveness’ and ‘capacity to improve’.  Grade 1 represents ‘outstanding provision’ and means that Loughborough maintains its Category A status as an outstanding provider of initial teacher education. 

Loughborough University trains secondary school teachers in Design and Technology, Physical Education and Science. The one year full-time PGCE provides practical professional preparation for teaching the 11 to 18 age range, and is designed and delivered in partnership with approximately 70 schools in up to ten surrounding Local Authorities.

Loughborough’s PGCE represents the first year of an MSc in Education. Students can complete the Masters programme by undertaking further study at the University and completing a school-based research project during their early years of teaching. The PGCE and MSc programmes are delivered by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and Loughborough Design School.

Dr Jo Harris, Director of Teacher Education at the University, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted acknowledges the very high quality of our training and the contribution that highly committed University and school staff make to the development of informed, reflective and caring teachers.”


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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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