Portsmouth Primary SCITT receives outstanding Ofsted in recent inspection

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A teacher training programme has been described as ‘superb’ in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Portsmouth Primary SCITT, located in Stamshaw Junior School, has been recognised as an outstanding school-centred initial teacher training programme. This teacher training programme is for primary school years and the inspection took place between January 29 and February 1, 2024.

The inspection found that: “Leaders draw out individual talents and enable each trainee to develop their unique teacher persona. Leaders’ devotion to each trainee’s well-being is remarkable. Trainees are resilient, accomplished and exceptionally well prepared for a demanding career in teaching. The SCITT’s superb reputation locally is well deserved.

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“Headteachers vouch for the high calibre of trainees and seize every opportunity to appoint them in their schools. Most former trainees remain in teaching, and many become school leaders.”

The Ofsted also found that ‘trainees develop a confident presence and quickly learn’.

Emma Cornish, SCITT Lead for the provider, said: “Portsmouth Primary SCITT are delighted to share that their recent Ofsted Inspection report has been published. They are proud to be recognised as 'outstanding' in all areas. The ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Inspection process is rigorous and intense, with the Outstanding judgement being an exacting grade. The entire team took great pride in sharing their work and demonstrating their combined strengths to the inspectors, who rightfully commented on the united purpose to drive education forward – for Portsmouth and beyond.”

Portsmouth Primary SCITT has received an outstanding Ofsted in its recent inspection.Portsmouth Primary SCITT has received an outstanding Ofsted in its recent inspection.
Portsmouth Primary SCITT has received an outstanding Ofsted in its recent inspection. | Portsmouth Primary SCITT

 “As one of the first providers to be inspected following the Ofsted ‘pause’ in January, we were also pleased to find that whilst rigorous, the inspection process was reassuring for some of our trainees and ECTs (Early Career Teachers). They found that the inspectors were not as intimidating as press reports had led them to believe and that they were instead approachable and keen to hear opinions and feedback.” 

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