Faculty of Education and Children's Services

The University of Chester traces its roots back to one of the earliest training colleges in the country, beginning the training of teachers in 1839. While it is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, it is also a modern, innovative institution and has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its education. The Faculty was recently awarded 'Outstanding' status by Ofsted, for its secondary programmes and all 3-7 and 5-11 primary/primary-early years programmes. 

In particular, Ofsted reported in its key findings:

"- The personalised approach to training, coupled with close individual support, ensures that trainees across all phases, regardless of any additional challenges they may face, have an equal chance to become good or better practitioners.

- Strong professional attitudes, plus a willingness to seek out and act on advice, are common characteristics of all trainees across each phase.

- Reflective and committed former trainees and NQTs are prepared well to put their training into practice and to take responsibility for their own future professional development."

Ofsted Report 2016