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Teaching programmes at University win fresh Government approval

University of Gloucestershire has successfully applied for teacher training reaccreditation, earning recognition for the quality of its programmes.

The University – founded as a teaching college 175 years ago – has been reaccredited for the delivery of Initial Teacher Training, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), following the introduction of new quality requirements.

The latest ITT accreditation, which comes into affect from September 2024, is designed to ensure that all accredited providers continue to deliver consistently high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for trainee teachers.

It follows a reform of the accreditation process after the Department of Education carried out a review of standards and practices across the teaching sector. This has led to a significant number of current ITT providers failing to secure accreditation or opting not to apply.

In granting its accreditation, the Department of Education said the University had “set out a clear and evidence-based approach to mentoring that aligns with both the trainee and the Core Content Framework” to support trainee teacher development.

In August, the University’s programmes for producing the next generation of teachers were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with inspectors highlighting their ‘unique’ emphasis on sustainability and the University’s strong partnership with schools.

Dr Graham Parton, Head of the University’s School of Education and Humanities, said: “Given our long history as a training provider, we’re naturally delighted to have been reaccredited for the delivery of Initial Teacher Training.

“It’s another strong endorsement of the work being done by everyone involved in delivering our teaching programmes, and we look forward to producing many more inspiring and dedicated teachers in the decades to come.”