Suffolk teacher training course makes top ten in national survey

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A Suffolk and Norfolk teacher training programme has been ranked in the top ten of a national teacher training guide.

The Suffolk and Norfolk Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme was placed joint ninth in Buckingham University’s recently published ‘Good Teacher Training Guide 2013’, just below Oxford University.

The programme has maintained its position as one of the top national providers having been ranked in the top twenty for the last three years, including ninth place in 2011 and was graded Outstanding by Ofsted at their last inspection in May.

Buckingham University’s Good Teacher Training Guide is a nationally-recognised independent assessment of teacher training, which rates providers according to a number of factors including their Ofsted inspection grades, the class of degree trainees hold on entry to the course and the number of trainees who are employed in schools six months after they complete training.

The Suffolk and Norfolk programme saw 96% of its trainees employed in teaching posts six months after completing their courses last year, compared to a national rate of 75%.

Carol Nind, programme leader for Primary SCITT, said: “This is wonderful news and I still can’t quite believe it. I am retiring this year so it is a great way to finish. I know that the award-winning team that helped produce these results will continue to go from strength to strength.”