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Ofsted Success

Released: 31.07.14

The University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth is celebrating after an outstanding Ofsted report for “the quality of leadership and management" across its teacher training partnership.

The Ofsted inspectors focused on the overall effectiveness of the initial teacher education partnership in securing high-quality outcomes for trainees.

The University of St Mark & St John Teacher Education Partnership received a judgement of “good with outstanding features” for both its Primary and Secondary Qualified Teacher Status provision.

University Dean of the Faculty of Education & Social Sciences Dr Ian Luke is understandably elated by the Ofsted outcome and judgements.

He said: ‘We are delighted that even in a brand new, more rigorous inspection framework, Her Majesty’s Inspectors have acknowledged how good our partnership provision is and the outstanding leadership and management of the partnership.

“The University of St Mark & St John Teacher Education Partnership is a values-based partnership and works across six counties, with additional representation in both Cyprus and Germany.

“There is a genuine sharing of expertise and experience between the University and schools, with innovative models of practice and learning at the very heart of provision.

“The strongest focus is on pupils in school, and the inspectors highly praised the passion, commitment and professionalism of everyone engaged in the partnership in ensuring that pupils progress in their learning and are guided towards achieving their full potential.

“Her Majesty’s Inspectors celebrated the high expectations of the partnership, and applauded the strong relationships between the University, Teaching Alliances, Co-operative Trusts and Church Schools in tackling a rapidly changing educational landscape.

“The University of St Mark & St John Teacher Education Partnership is on the leading edge of educational developments and I am immensely proud of everyone who has contributed to being in this strong position.”

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Cara Aitchison said: “I am delighted the recent inspection has recognised the outstanding and innovative provision that the Dean and his teams have established.

“They are leading the way nationally in the provision of values-based teacher education in partnership with over 300 schools that belong to Teaching School Alliances, Church Schools and Co-operative Schools.

“The University has been educating teachers for 175 years and we're delighted that our role in raising the standard of teaching, and pupils' learning have been recognised.”

The Inspection Judgement reported: “In the 12 months since the previous inspection, the partnership has improved rapidly and significantly as a result of outstanding leadership and management."


  • Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
  • Ofsted report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial.
  • Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.


Read about Dr Ian Luke


DID YOU KNOW? The University of St Mark & St John... is celebrating 175 years of teaching teachers

DID YOU KNOW? … in the 1840s, St John’s College was at the forefront of ensuring standards in education and Principal Kay-Shuttleworth founded the school inspection system or what is known today as Ofsted

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