Birmingham City University has been awarded the highest ‘A’ grade status for the quality of the training it provides for new secondary school teachers.
Ofsted inspectors judged management of the courses to be “outstanding” following a visit in January and claimed the faculty was well placed to further develop its programmes to be at the “cutting edge” nationally.
As a result, the Training and Development Agency, upgraded the centre from B status for good to A for very good.
It highlighted the university’s strong focus on individual trainee needs; excellent selection process of future teachers, commitment to effective leadership and good links with placement schools.
The TDA quality categories are based on Ofsted inspection grades.
Professor Roger Woods, dean of the Faculty of Education at BCU, said: “We are delighted to be awarded Category A status.
“Each year our students all get jobs quickly, usually in the region, and they tell us once they are working how well their course has prepared them for teaching and life in school.
“We’re thrilled that Ofsted consider our work to be potentially of national significance and equally thrilled that this course has been duly acclaimed for the outstanding contribution it makes to the development of the quality of the teaching force.”