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February 2016

Teach First programme judged outstanding by Ofsted

(28 January 2016)

The Teach First programme, which sits within the School of Education, Environment and Development, has been judged outstanding by Ofsted.

The education watchdog has published the results of inspections at universities delivering Teach First’s leadership development programme across nine English regions. The University of Manchester’s Institute of Education, which leads on the North West programme, was praised for the ‘outstanding effectiveness’ of its leadership and ‘can do’ spirit of participants.

The Manchester partnership, which trains teachers to work in schools with the aim of raising aspiration levels among disadvantaged pupils, was awarded the highest rating possible across all four areas of assessment, reflecting outstanding national results for Teach First, a registered charity.

The University of Manchester is now the only university provider in the North West to have its entire teacher training provision rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Dr David Spendlove, Head of Initial Teacher Education in the School of Education, Environment and Development and Executive Director of Teach First North West, said: “We are delighted that this report confirms that our commitment to the University-wide goal of social responsibility is being realised everyday through our work.

“The outstanding outcome is recognition of the tireless work of Teach First, University tutors, mentors, local schools and Teach First participants all working towards a common goal of improving the lives of children in the North West. This is a tremendous achievement for all involved and recognises our commitment to high quality teacher education.”