The good teacher training guide 2015
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Professor Alan Smithers and Mandy-D Coughlan

This guide compares 174 universities, and school-centred, employment-based training programmes in the UK on their entry qualifications, Ofsted grades and take-up of teaching posts. It finds that the best provider of postgraduate teaching training is the North East Partnership SCITT. Second is the Billericay Educational Consortium SCITT, and third, the King Edward’s Consortium, Birmingham. The top university is Cambridge in fourth place.

School-based training generally fared better than that in universities., with nearly three times as many school-led providers graded as outstanding by Ofsted as those in universities and other higher education institutions: 30.7% of school-based training was outstanding, compared to just 11.8% for university-based training programmes.

The school-led providers similarly stood out in the ratings of recent trainees. The top 17 places went to school-based training, with the first university, Cambridge coming 18th. School-led training was also more successful in converting trainees into teachers. 

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Professor Alan Smithers and Mandy-D Coughlan

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Centre for Education and Employment Research

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March 2016

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This report compares teacher-training provision in universities, and in school and employment based programmes. It may be useful to professionals with responsibility for teacher training and NQTs. 


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