High praise for uni partnership with schools

University of Cumbria.
University of Cumbria.

The University of Cumbria’s partnership with local schools and local authorities in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham has received an overwhelming endorsement from Ofsted.

The consortium’s latest Ofsted report states that the university, with its partner schools, has built a “learning community that is making a significant difference to the achievement and life chances of many young learners.”

The partnership has been graded as outstanding (grade 1) in every area in its latest inspection report.

Inspectors particularly praised “strong leadership and management which have led to outstanding levels of effectiveness in training high quality teachers.”

Other areas singled out for particular praise included the high proportion of former students who are retained in the teaching profession and the strong pastoral support and mentoring provided for students.

The report also notes how mentors are encouraged to follow higher-level courses run by the university.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr Sam Twiselton, is delighted with the report.

He said: “This result of ‘outstanding’ in all areas of the provision is well deserved recognition of the efforts of both our own staff and students, and those in our partner schools, and the excellent work that is being delivered throughout the programme.

“The fact that the inspectors particularly mentioned the strong leadership and management of the programme is especially rewarding for the staff.

Their dedication and commitment, and equally that of the trainees, has delivered the quality that is required for this excellent result.”