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York St John's 'outstanding' teacher education highlighted in Ofsted report

A newly published Ofsted report has rated York St John University ‘outstanding’ for its secondary teacher education and ‘good’ for its primary programmes.

York St John, which has been training teachers for 170 years, received particular praise for its recruitment and selection process and for its leadership.  The report states: “The selection procedures are rigorous and ensure that trainees have the expertise and personal qualities to becoming effective teachers.”

The report says that a key strength of the university is: “Quality trainees who display good professional attributes and become reflective professionals with high expectations of themselves and their pupils”. It highlighted secondary education trainees as demonstrating “excellent professional values and attitudes” and being “highly motivated, independent and committed”. 

Amongst the key strengths of the secondary programme the report commented on the “strong programme leadership and management”, the “positive pattern of enrichment activities” and “excellent communication, mentoring and link tutoring across the partnership”.  The report also commented on the quality of the secondary partnership as outstanding, with trainees benefitting from “very high quality support from tutors and mentors”.  

Keither Parker, Head of Programme for Secondary, remarked that she and Imelda O'Grady, subject tutor, were both delighted with the report and that it was “a reflection of the hard work and commitment of our secondary partnership to developing quality teachers and leaders for our local and national schools”.

Currently the University has 550 graduates working in secondary and primary schools across Yorkshire and Teesside. This year it received 2,950 applications for 338 places across undergraduate and postgraduate teaching education programmes.

Commenting on the Ofsted report Mike Hickman, Head of Initial Teacher Education, said: “The report is testament to the very high levels of commitment and achievement of both our teaching staff and our trainees. It confirms that we are innovative and excel in our approach to training teachers.  

“I am particularly pleased to see that the inspectors singled out for praise our selection process which we believe ensures that we recruit the very best and most highly motivated future teachers.”

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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