Roehampton’s trainee teachers praised as ‘first class’ in London-wide education report

The quality of Roehampton’s trainee teachers has been described as ‘first class’ by the former Director of Education at Wandsworth Council, one of the most senior figures in London local government.

Posted: 17 April 2015

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Paul Robinson, who was awarded the Chevalier de l’Order des Palmes by the French Government in recognition of his contribution to culture and education, has praised the University’s School of Education in a high level report for London Councils.

Writing on how Wandsworth Council improved performance in the borough’s schools during his 20 years as Director of Education, and latterly Director of Children’s Services, Mr Robinson listed the quality of the University’s trainees as part of an example explaining how local children’s lives had benefited.

He wrote: “The quality of teachers emerging from the University of Roehampton in the borough, an important source of potential recruits, was first class, and the council, schools and university had invested a lot in deepening relationships…with each other.”

Peter Flew, Deputy Director at the University of Roehampton’s School of Education, said: “It’s very pleasing to know our students’ abilities are so well thought of by someone as influential as Paul Robinson. Every year we work hard with our students to give them the best possible preparation for life in the classroom. Their placements at Wandsworth’s schools, and those in other parts of London, have been key in putting that knowledge into practice.

“I’m sure all our current trainees and graduates who are now full time teachers will agree that helping children raise their standards of literacy and numeracy, and their understanding of the world around them, is a really worthwhile calling.”

Mr Flew added the University was grateful for the support of Wandsworth Council, and local headteachers, and said he looked forward to maintaining and strengthening a very important relationship in the future.

University of Roehampton is one of the largest teacher training providers in London and the South East and has been training teachers for over 150 years. The school offers a wide range of routes to qualified teacher status through its PGCE, School Direct and BA Primary Education programmes and sees over 700 NQTs pass through its doors every year. For more information about Roehampton’s routes into teaching click here.

London Councils is the umbrella body which represents the capital’s 32 boroughs’ local government services. Mr Robinson’s comments came as part of a report called Lessons from London, which is a collection of essays written by senior figures in councils to assess the success of the London Challenge which was launched in 2003 with the intention of raising standards in all schools.

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