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Teacher training locally among the best in the country

Monday, 21st June 2010.

Teacher training is Suffolk has been hailed as some of the best in the country be assessors.

Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training has been recognised by Ofsted this week as among the top school-based trainers in the country.

In Ofsted reports published today, Primary School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Secondary SCITT and the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) in the county were awarded a number of ‘outstanding’ grades for their teacher training programmes.

All three programmes are school-based training routes where trainees spend the majority of the time training alongside experienced teachers in local schools.

Ofsted inspectors highlighted in their reports the high quality of leadership and the strength of the partnership between local schools, the two local authorities (Norfolk and Suffolk), UCS and the training providers themselves.

Geoff Robinson, Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training leader, expressed his delight at the success of the inspections.

“To have so many aspects of our training recognised as ‘outstanding’ is extremely pleasing," he said. "The secret of our success has been strong teamwork, high quality input from local schools and the full support from both local authorities.”

Carol Nind, the programme leader, whose programme was awarded overall grades of ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted said: “Trainees come from all walks of life. As well as graduates straight from university, we are currently training a former air stewardess, a silversmith, a professional dancer, a BT web developer and a police officer.

"I believe the positive outcome reflects the commitment and hard work of both the trainers and the trainees.”

Although the longest established programme is only ten years old, those trained in the early days have already gone on to middle management, deputy headship and headship in schools.

The three programmes, together with the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme, provide 200 qualified teachers to take up posts in Norfolk and Suffolk each year.

Anyone wishing to find out more or apply to train with Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training (SNITT) can log on to www.snitt.co.uk

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