University in national top 3

Bondholder the University of Derby's oustanding reputation for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) has been recognised after being listed in the top three for undergraduate teacher training in the prestigious Good Teacher Training Guide 2015.

The guide is produced by Alan Smithers and Mandy-D Coughlan from the University of Buckingham's Centre for Education and Employment Research and compares 174 universities and school-centred and employment-based training programmes in the UK on their entry qualifications, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) grades and take-up of teaching posts.

Dr Lynn Senior, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Derby, said: "Derby has a rich heritage in teacher training and the University's origins can be tracked back as far as 1851, when the Derby Diocesan Institution of the Training of Schoolmistresses was created. Through our teaching offer, more than 600 students study at the University of Derby each year to become newly qualified teachers and go on to fantastic careers working with children and young people."

Ofsted recently awarded 'Outstanding' to Derby's Primary and Further Education (FE) and Skills (post-14) provision and acknowledged that the ITE partnership has an excellent reputation with its trainees, newly qualified teachers (NQTs), employers and partner organisations.