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Roehampton’s teacher training leads the sector, say graduates

The annual Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) Survey1 reveals that new teachers graduating from Roehampton are some of the very best trained in the country.

Posted: 4 December 2013

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Feedback from recent graduates taking part in the annual Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) Survey reveals that new teachers graduating from the University of Roehampton are some of the very best trained in the country.

The percentage of secondary teacher training graduates who rated the overall quality of their training to be ‘Very Good’ was higher at for Roehampton graduates than those from at any other university2 in England - at 80 per cent against a sector average of 57 per cent.

The survey results are a ringing endorsement of Roehampton’s broad portfolio of both secondary and primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes, with 97 per cent of all recent teacher training graduates3 from Roehampton’s School of Education rating the overall quality of their training as either ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’, compared to a national average of 91 per cent across the sector. 98 per cent of Roehampton’s primary NQTs rated the overall quality of their training as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ against a sector average of 90 per cent, as did 96 per cent of Roehampton’s secondary NQTs, against a sector average of 92 per cent.

The survey showed Roehampton’s primary teacher training programmes to be particularly strong in the teaching of English, Maths and key elements of Professional Studies, and its secondary programmes to be especially strong in preparing trainees to teach their specialist subjects and developing a deep understanding of pedagogy and practice.

Director of the School of Education at the University of Roehampton, Professor Michael Day welcomed the results, commenting:

“This is an outstanding result for Roehampton. Teachers six months into their careers are asked to review how well they were trained for the job and they have rated Roehampton as leading the sector. This feedback is of major importance – we use it to keep improving and NCTL use it to assess the quality of our training, particularly in key areas such as phonics and mathematics.

“Former Roehampton trainees are demonstrably very proud of the outstanding training and support they received from staff here at the University and colleagues in our partner schools across London and the South East. Our partnership offers a challenging, supportive and positive learning environment, and as a result the trainee experience is outstanding - as are the career prospects for our graduates, with over 90 per cent gaining employment, many in partner schools. We believe Roehampton-trained teachers are some of the very best in their profession, and we know our current cohorts of PGCE, School Direct and undergraduate trainees are just as ambitious.”

For more information about the School of Education’s teacher training courses click here.

1 The annual NQT survey is administered by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/newly-qualified-teachers-annual-survey-2013
2 King Edward’s Consortium (EBITT) and Swindon SCITT came top across the whole sector.
3 Combined Primary and Secondary graduates.

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