Cumbria Teacher Training, Workington gets a new Ofsted rating


A TEACHERS training college said ‘significant progress’ had been made in moving the center from ‘inadequate’ to ‘needs improvement’ in its latest Ofsted report.

The education watchdog inspected Cumbria Teacher Training, Workington from June 13-16, following an inspection last May which concluded the overall efficiency of the center was ‘inadequate’.

Inspectors found that center leaders were determined to make ‘many positive changes’ at the center in the wake of last year’s report.

The Inspector said: “Through a determined and supportive approach, the leaders of this small SCITT have made many positive changes to the training program.

“The structure and content of the courses have been completely redesigned.

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“The DfE’s core content research and framework, two considerable shortcomings in the previous inspection report, now underpin the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) curriculum.

“As a result, interns get a better deal than was the case in the past.”

The inspectors also acknowledged the “positive” feedback from the majority of the centre’s trainees.

Ofsted said: “The overwhelming majority of trainees are positive about their training experience in this close partnership.

“They value the supportive relationships they forge with course leaders and school-based mentors.

“They appreciate the effective lines of communication that exist in the partnership and they appreciate the strong pastoral care that helps them carry out the program.”

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However, the report acknowledged that improvements still needed to be made at the centre.

He said: “The substance of the ITE program is not clearly defined. This means that leaders, tutors and mentors do not know exactly what trainees should learn and when it should happen.

2This prevents mentors from carefully shaping school-based experiences to target the needs of trainees.”

Wendy Kendall, Head of CTT SCITT, said: “We were delighted that the inspection team recognized the significant progress that had been made in the 13 months between the two inspections and we are clearly on the right track when of our re-inspection in 2022. -2023.

“We fully meet the statutory compliance criteria for initial teacher training.

“We have already implemented improvements to our 2022-23 program in line with the Ofsted recommendations in the report.

“We are very proud of our strong partnerships and remain committed to working with our partner schools, Sheffield Hallam University, Newcastle Research School and other partners to deliver high quality teacher education now and in the future. .”


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