The latest official national survey of graduate employment shows 98 per cent of graduates from Roehampton’s teacher training courses are in work six months after graduation, with 99 per cent in work or undertaking further study.
Posted: 20 September 2015
Figures for Roehampton’s PGCE Primary course from the Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2013/14 survey are even stronger, with 99 per cent of graduates in a job six months after leaving the University.
The University’s PGCE teacher training graduates also enjoy strong average starting salaries of over £26,000, while BA Primary Education graduates earn starting salaries averaging £24,000 – significantly above average graduate starting salaries.
Roehampton, which has been providing teacher training to women for longer than any other university in the country, is also ranked among the top three universities in London for the quality of its research in the field of education (Research Excellence Framework 2014), reflecting the work-class expertise of staff in the School of Education.
Peter Flew, Deputy Director of Roehampton’s School of Education, said the employment figures were very encouraging for students starting courses at the University this week.
He said: “Our new students who are at the start of their training should be very pleased to know it’s almost certain they will be working within months of graduating at the end of their courses. It’s great news for them, and also for the children who in a year's time will be taught by teachers with the most cutting edge skills and new ideas and approaches.”
Roehampton’s teacher training students all take part in school placements during their PGCE and Primary Education courses, while School Direct trainees are based in schools. This means however students choose to achieve Newly Qualified Teahcer status, they will build up considerable classroom experience before they complete their studies, making them highly valued by head teachers and appreciated by parents.
Mark Newton, Head teacher of Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery School in Chiswick said: “We work with Roehampton in a hugely supportive partnership and find that their students excel in classroom practice. They really understand the development of young children. That is why so many of our school team are Roehampton trained!”
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