'Good' Ofsted Rating for Norfolk Teacher Training Centre

Norfolk Teacher Training Centre (NTTC) has been judged by Ofsted to be ‘Good’ in all categories following its first Ofsted inspection, which has been published this week.

The NTTC Initial Teacher Education Partnership, which opened in September 2014, was also praised by inspectors for the “strong contribution” it is making to supporting teacher recruitment in the region.

In its first 2 full years of operation, NTTC has supported 42 trainees to successfully complete its 1-year school-based teacher training programme and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

All 42 of NTTC’s graduates moved into teaching jobs after completing the course, with 35 (83pc) of these taking up posts at schools in Norfolk.

Ofsted’s report states that “In the two years since NTTC has been in operation, it has made a strong contribution to the recruitment of quality teachers within and beyond the partnership.”

It goes on to say that, “Trainees and former trainees demonstrate strong personal and professional qualities, which means that they are sought after to fill vacancies in local schools.”

NTTC works with a wide diversity of schools throughout Norfolk, 32 in total, which gives its trainees opportunities to experience teaching in “a range of contrasting school settings”.

The effectiveness of the links between schools, NTTC, and trainees is highlighted in the report. The inspectors note that mentoring of the trainees in most of the partnership’s schools is of “high quality”, and that many trainees make a “strong contribution to the schools in which they train, for example by running extra-curricular clubs or producing high-quality resources and schemes of work that can be used by more-experienced teachers.”

NTTC’s completion rates “exceed the national benchmark for secondary trainees”, and its retention and success rates are also above the national average – something which inspectors attribute to NTTC’s “rigorous and comprehensive” selection procedures.

As well as supporting trainees to successfully gain Qualified Teacher Status, equipped with the competencies and skills to become Good or Outstanding teachers, the partnership is credited with providing “a wealth of information… to support the transition of trainees as they join the teaching profession as NQTs.”

Jon HollandOfsted