Ofsted recognises IOE's "outstanding" initial teacher training

08 July 2010

The Institute of Education, London has been recognised by OFSTED for its "high quality" initial teacher training programmes that inspire its students "to want to be outstanding teachers". Its secondary and further education programmes as well as its employment based routes were graded "outstanding", and the primary PGCE was "good" with some outstanding features.

Particularly strong features are the high calibre of the trainees, the high quality of the tutors and the Institute's skill at anticipating and responding to policy changes. Ofsted adds, "The Training and Development Agency has acknowledged the Institute's particular success in this."

Also recognised is "the high priority given to equality and diversity and the preparation of trainees to teach in a culturally diverse society".

Ofsted says: "The Institute's formidable national and international reputation and its place at the forefront of many educational initiatives ensure that many of its initial teacher education programmes are heavily over-subscribed."

The primary programme is praised for its development of trainees' subject knowledge in English, maths and science. The Institute's hard work to increase recruitment from under-represented groups has achieved some success, "including an increase in the number of male trainees accepted onto the programmes".

Among the key strengths of the secondary programme are: trainees who are highly reflective, creative and willing to take risks and who want to face the challenge of teaching in London schools." The programme's "excellent, coherent training" and "the exceptional quality of subject tutors and their commitment to trainees and their partner schools" are only part of a long list of strengths.

The FE programme is recognised for its "outstanding arrangements for partnership working", its "highly enthusiastic trainees who are well qualified in their subjects and its "trainers who inspire in their trainees a passion for enquiry and action research".

The graduate teacher programme, which trains mature students on the job, is recognised for its recruitment of high quality trainees, "often with considerable appropriate prior experience" and the "highly personalised training" they receive.

Ofsted says: "The systems for the induction of new staff and new schools into the partnership make excellent use of cost-effective methods to ensure quality is maintained. An example of this is the way that experienced school mentors are paired up with new mentors in nearby schools to allow consistent and regular support."

Ofsted also remarks upon the rigorous selection process in all programmes.

Editors' notes
1. There are two Ofsted reports, one on the primary, secondary and FE programmes and one on the employment based routes programme. Both can be found at www.ofsted.gov.uk/
2. Contacts at the IOE press office:
Diane Hofkins, interim press officer, 020 7911 5423, d.hofkins@ioe.ac.uk
James Russell, press assistant, 020 7911 5556, j.russell@ioe.ac.uk
3. The Institute of Education is a college of the University of London, specialising in teaching, research and consultancy in education and related areas of social science and professional practice. The Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 judged almost two-thirds of the work submitted by the IOE was internationally significant, and 35 per cent was regarded as "world leading". The IOE is a member of the 1994 group.