Ofsted success for South West Teacher Training partnership

South West Teacher Training (SWTT), the Exeter-based partnership which delivers a school-focused training for new teachers, has secured a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.

Inspectors visited local schools to assess the standard of training offered by SWTT in May this year.

And it was given a grade of ‘good’ for its quality of education and training; leadership and management and overall effectiveness.

The Ofsted report stated that: “Trainees speak highly of training with this partnership. Newly qualified teachers are well prepared for their first teaching post.” It added that many trainees have chosen to follow this route because of the greater time spent on school placements and that “they appreciate the welcoming nature of the partnership”.

SWTT, which is based at West Exe School in Exeter and is the Ted Wragg Trust’s school-centred initial teacher training programme, offers a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) experience, with a programme which is entirely practitioner-led. Its course is designed and run by the schools and teachers from within its partnership.

It currently has 77 trainees who are placed at 22 secondary and 24 primary schools across the region.

Carrie McMillan, SCITT Lead at SWTT said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a good from Ofsted, particularly as the inspection took place during such a challenging year for us all.

“By training with us, new teachers are learning about the profession entirely from current practitioners who are keen to share their knowledge and expertise. Our partnership proudly sees this route as a recruitment pipeline of excellent new teachers for our schools and so takes care to ensure the training is as up-to-date and relevant as possible.”

Carrie added: “We know that our newly qualified teachers are well prepared for their first teaching post and that the programme is highly regarded by headteachers, something which was reflected in the Ofsted report. We are pleased that our emphasis on supporting trainee teachers with methods to manage workload has been acknowledged as a strength of our school-centred route. We are looking forward to continuing to deliver excellent teachers to work with young people all over the South West.”

Other key points from the Ofsted report include:

  • Welcoming nature of the partnership
  • Responsiveness of partnership staff when they seek advice
  • The partnership’s focus on ‘pedagogy not paperwork’ has been pivotal in supporting trainees to manage their workload
  • Strong communication across the partnership and regular feedback mean that trainees develop into reflective practitioners
  • Trainees receive good-quality training as a result of the clear, mutual relationship between all partners
  • The partnership is overseen effectively by well-qualified leaders
  • Clear and regular communication
  • Personalised support that trainees receive means that trainees’ needs are met exceptionally well.

To read the Ofsted Report, visit https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50166237