We are delighted to announce that the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, our teaching and leadership training programme, has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted across England in 41 of 48 categories.
Ofsted inspected the training provisions that we provide with our university partners in each of our nine English regions, and gauged them against the rigorous new initial teacher education framework. We have maintained and built on our Outstanding rating in all the regions in which we were operating at the time of our last inspection in 2011, and successfully extended this rating to new areas, including the South West and South Coast.
The inspectors highlighted the significant impact we are making in collaboration with our university partners, schools, headteachers and teachers, noting: “During the charity’s 13-year history, many of the schools in which it has placed participants have improved markedly, sometimes from an Ofsted evaluation of Inadequate to one of Outstanding for overall effectiveness. Headteachers of these schools are convinced that Teach First has been one of the crucial elements of that improvement."
Participants on our programme were also praised for their readiness and commitment to addressing inequality in education. Inspectors described them as being “exceptionally well prepared to continue to improve as teachers” and “trained to be more than just good classroom teachers.” Inspectors went on to note that our teachers “‘bring such joy into the school.’…participants’ classrooms are unfailingly positive and pupils feel confident to take risks with their learning.”
The inspection also resulted in significant praise for our work in Primary and Early Years – areas that were not previously inspected in 2011.
Our work with our partner schools and universities has grown significantly in recent years, with over 1,600 teachers starting their training in September 2015, more than double the number that we had at our last inspection in 2011. We are now working across all regions of England for the first time. Much of our work in our newest areas, such as the South West and South Coast, has been rated Outstanding, despite only launching in 2013. The remaining new areas have been rated Good, each with excellent prospects to become Outstanding as they bed in.
Significant credit for the outcome of this inspection belongs with our nine lead university training partners, who lead significant areas of the training for participants to gain their PGCE. The university partners are Birmingham City University, Canterbury Christ Church University, Northumbria University, Sheffield Hallam University, UCL Institute of Education, University of Bristol (supported by Bath Spa University for Primary provision), University of Exeter, University of Manchester and University of Nottingham.
It’s also testament to the dedication and hard work of the thousands of teachers working each day to transform the lives of children from low-income communities. The inspection provides a small snapshot of the incredible work teachers and the wider profession does each day in schools serving low-income communities across the country.
As the inspectors noted: “Everyone involved with the partnership is highly committed to the vision and mission of Teach First so that participants, schools and programme leaders make a highly positive contribution to the educational outcomes, aspirations and life chances of disadvantaged pupils.”
The passion and dedication of all those involved with the Teach First partnership - from participants on our training programme, to our university partners, schools, headteachers, businesses, and many more, has enabled us to support over a million pupils over the last 13 years. As Ofsted stated, we believe that “nothing but the best will do”, and this inspection drives us forward to work with our partners to improve our work further as we seek to ensure no child’s success is limited by their background.
The nine inspection reports are available from Ofsted's website.