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An ‘outstanding’ rating for PE teacher training

Rob Kitching, principal at Ashington High School Sports College with Helen Ostell, North East Partnership programme leader with trainee PE teachers and student Bailey Carr. Picture by Simon Williams, Crest Photography.

Rob Kitching, principal at Ashington High School Sports College with Helen Ostell, North East Partnership programme leader with trainee PE teachers and student Bailey Carr. Picture by Simon Williams, Crest Photography.

Officials involved in a PE teacher training partnership are celebrating after it was rated ‘outstanding’.

Inspectors from Ofsted were impressed with the North East Partnership (NEP) – developed by Ashington High School Sports College and Northumbria University and which includes 29 secondary schools in the north east.

Ashington High is the lead school for the NEP working in collaboration with the university’s department of education and life long learning.

The inspection included overall effectiveness, how the partnership secures consistent high quality outcomes for its trainees, the outcome for trainees post training, the quality of training across the partnership and the quality of leadership and management throughout the NEP.

Helen Ostell, NEP programme leader, based at the sports college, said: “Training aspiring teachers in schools and in good and outstanding PE departments is a highly effective way of developing their expertise and ensuring that they are at the cutting edge of developments both in education and in their subject.

“It also supports the government’s agenda of using schools to train the next generation of teachers.

“We are delighted Ofsted ranked out ‘hands-on’ approach to teacher-training as outstanding in all categories.

“The quality of the training we provide reflects the strengths of the partnership and how the expertise of our partner schools, departments and trainers is effectively deployed.”

She added: “Our trainee teachers benefit enormously from this expertise and gain a valuable practical experience of teaching throughout the year.”

“This experiential format also gives our trainees an excellent breadth of knowledge and understanding of different types of students, effective approaches to teaching PE theory as well as practical lessons and opportunities to teach across the whole age and ability range from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5.”

 

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