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‘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.” 

Furthermore, the report notes that NTTC’s “NQTs are well regarded by employing schools.”  With social mobility a key priority in education at the moment, inspectors praised how NTTC trainees are supporting this agenda: “Trainees are aware of different groups of pupils in their classes and use effective strategies in supporting the most able and disadvantaged pupils to achieve as well as they can”.         

The success of NTTC has seen the number of teacher trainees increase from 19 in 2014-15, to 39 in the current academic year.  Trainees specialise in one of 11 subjects for secondary school teaching.  They spend 4 days a week gaining classroom teaching experience in partner schools, and one day a week consolidating their learning with professional development sessions.

Paul McCann, Director of Norfolk Teacher Training Centre, commented:

“Norfolk Teacher Training Centre was established with the aim of recruiting high calibre graduates to provide outstanding new teachers for Norfolk’s schools.  Thanks to the quality of our trainees, the support of our partner schools, and the effectiveness of the school-based approach to initial teacher education, we have had an extremely positive first two and a half years.  

“All of our graduates have secured teaching jobs and the vast majority of these have been in schools in Norfolk.  We are delighted that Ofsted have confirmed the quality of this work, and the effectiveness of our school partnerships, which has seen NTTC make a significant contribution to teacher recruitment in the region.”        

NTTC is still open for applications from those wishing to get into secondary school teaching in September 2017, and is particularly keen to hear from individuals with subject specialisms in English, Physics, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Maths and Computer Science.