GITEP rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ again!
We're celebrating our latest Ofsted 'Outstanding' rating

Ofsted carried out their inspection of GITEP SCITT back in May. Until now we’ve had to keep their findings to ourselves but now their report has been published. We are proud to announce that we have retained our status as ‘outstanding’….. and yes, it’s hard not to do a little dance! We know that everybody involved with teacher training at GITEP and in our partnership schools goes above and beyond so it’s fantastic to have that dedication recognised and to see the comments made.

The quality of education and training Outstanding
Leadership and management Outstanding
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Outstanding

The very thorough inspection included speaking in detail with partnership leaders, members of the partnership board, representatives of the two teaching school hubs and the University of Bristol PGCE programme director. Inspectors also spoke at length with trainees, former trainees, school-based mentors, subject leads and professional leads and senior leaders in schools. They reviewed survey responses from trainees and school-based staff and afterwards met with trainees and former trainees. Additionally, the inspectors carried out focused reviews on mathematics, geography and modern foreign languages.

Ofsted recognised our commitment to both trainees and our partnership schools, saying: “Trainees feel extremely well supported by all members of the partnership. They value the close relationship between mentors, subject leads and professional leads. Trainees receive well considered, personalised support to enable them to succeed. This support is both academically robust and suitably adapted to ensure that all trainees have equitable opportunities. One trainee’s view that the course was ‘transformational’ in helping him to develop as a teacher was echoed by many others.”

Huge thanks our partnership schools, mentors, Subject Leads, trainees – everybody who works with us to produce more fantastic teachers for our schools – for their excellent work and their feedback to the inspectors. You can see the full report here: or here.

Tags: Gloucestershire, Initial Teacher Training, Ofsted, Outstanding, Teacher recruitment, Teacher training