Ofsted praises University of Cumbria

THE University of Cumbria has been praised for its personal touch in its latest Ofsted report.

The university was graded as good with outstanding features in its initial teacher education (ITE) inspection report.

Strengths identified within the report included “the strong, determined leadership within the faculty” and the positive ways in which change is embraced.

The high quality of pastoral support which ensures a marked “personal touch” for all trainees was singled out for praise by the inspectors, along with the continuing strong commitment of schools to training the next generation of teachers and the effective training of teachers who gain employment locally.

“As the largest provider of ITE in the country, we were delighted to be singled out for our personal touch and for the high quality of the pastoral support we offer our students,” said the dean of the faculty of education, Dr Sam Twiselton.

“It shows how deeply we value each of our students as individuals as we help them to excel as the next generation of teachers.”

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