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Bradford College Celebrates Ofsted 'Good' for Teacher Training
Teacher training provision at Bradford College has been awarded a 'Good' rating after a recent Ofsted inspection - the second highest possible grading.
By: Bradford College
An Ofsted inspection team of 10 conducted the rigorous assessment of the Margaret McMillan School of Education at Bradford College over four days. Inspectors spoke to a total of 101 trainees and staff in 27 different schools.
The report states:
"Trainees are well prepared for the day-to-day realities of the classroom […] so that trainees can apply the theories they have been taught. They learn how to manage behaviours and how to meet the wider needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Trainees receive strong guidance on how to support pupils who speak English as an additional language."
Inspectors also commended how staff consider the needs of disadvantaged trainees and recruit from a local area to meet the demand for teachers in Bradford. In addition, inspectors praised leaders who "use the views of trainees to inform future training and support […and] are considerate of trainees' workload and well-being.
"Trainees have clear milestones to reach on their route to qualified teacher status [which is...] strengthened by effective communication with their link tutors."
Bradford College is one of the largest Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber to be inspected under the new Ofsted framework, which puts a greater focus on trainee development and the impact of ITE education. Staff at Bradford College supervise 345 trainees and apprentices across all phases of teacher training, some as far as Newcastle and Brighton.
Sarah Applewhite, Bradford College Vice Principal for Quality, Teaching & Learning, said:
"We're thrilled that this latest Ofsted inspection recognises our staff's commitment to the best student outcomes and our position as one of the leading teacher training providers in the region. Staff at Bradford College work tirelessly to transform lives, and this report confirms that we are significantly improving outcomes for our students, schools and education providers, and the local community."
The Margaret McMillan School of Education at Bradford College has provided extensive teacher training programmes for nearly 70 years, preparing students for vital roles in the education sector. The School offers a range of teaching and education training programmes (https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/
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