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Our teacher training programmes were rated outstanding across all areas. Read more here.
Our commitment to you doesn't end when you graduate. We offer you the opportunity to continue your professional development via our Masters and CPD programmes giving you access to the networks, peer support, facilities and good practice you need to develop professionally.
We are leaders in Initial Teacher Education, consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.
We have an excellent graduate employment record – the latest Department for Education (DfE) statistics (from the 2016 –17 academic year) show that 91 per cent of our PGCE trainees who achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) secured a teaching post within six months of completion. Of the trainees who completed the course in 2017-18, over 70 per cent were rated as outstanding1. Trainees can also be nominated by their tutors in each subject for the prestigious Ted Wragg awards for those who have been identified as outstanding in their field.
We have strong partnerships with over 250 schools in the south west where our trainee teachers spend two-thirds of their training year, putting into practice what they have learnt on the taught course. Our PGCE is uniquely characterised by innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence. All our tutors have real-world experience as teachers, senior managers or Ofsted inspectors. They also lead and innovate, developing the latest ideas in teacher education, leading research, writing textbooks, leading subject networks and advising government.
1. Ofsted requires providers to grade their trainees and provider judgements are scrutinised by Ofsted during any inspection. The grade of ‘outstanding’ has been set by the University of Exeter, and Ofsted were happy with our judgements at our most recent inspection (2017)
We are working in partnership with a number of schools to deliver the School Direct ITT route into teaching.