One of Liverpool’s universities has been the ranked the best provider of teacher training in Merseyside.
According to OFSTED, the independent inspector of schools and teacher training, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has been graded ‘outstanding’ for its primary teacher training partnership, and the secondary as ‘good.’
Across both primary and secondary provisions, OFSTED congratulated the university for its partnership with schools across Merseyside. The inspectors were impressed with the good quality of teachers in the current challenging socio-economic circumstances.
In recent years it has been apparent that teachers are leaving the profession due to not being able to cope with the workload. However the inspectors praised LJMU for its ongoing commitment to reducing trainee teachers’ workload, and for their ongoing support for mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Cheryl Bolton, director of the school of education, said: “The report clearly recognises our commitment to working with schools, including those in challenging circumstances, our civic engagement and how we work in ‘true partnership’ with schools across all areas of our provision.
“It also outlines the positive experience, support and outcomes for trainees. Gaining such praise from OFSTED is no easy feat, the inspection period itself is incredibly demanding and intensive. This is the result of on-going programme development, partnership building, and the continual investment we make in our students.”
LJMU secondary partnership works with nearly 100 schools, spanning across 16 local authorities in the Greater Merseyside area. They are a mixture of local authority maintained schools, academies and special schools.
Professor Peter Byers, pro-vice-chancellor of education said: “At LJMU we place great emphasis on delivering a high quality teaching and learning experience for all of our students.
“It is therefore significant that we have been recognised by OFSTED as not only providing excellent teaching and learning opportunities for our teaching students, but also playing a major role in producing the next generation of outstanding primary and secondary teachers.”