Top marks for School of Education postgraduate programmes

Three of the School of Education’s postgraduate programmes have received glowing reports after inspections from Ofsted and the British Psychological Society earlier this year.

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Ofsted awarded the school’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education a grade of ‘Good’ in all four categories and noted the programme’s strong support for local schools working in challenging circumstances.

In all three inspections, feedback from our students to the inspection teams was consistently positive.

Professor Elizabeth Wood

Head of the School of Education

The British Psychological Society (BPS) awarded the school’s Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology four commendations and continued accreditation of the course.

The commendations included recognising the breadth, range and integration of interdisciplinary learning and strong participation and co-production across the teaching team and regional partners.

A further inspection by the BPS in May confirmed accreditation for the school’s newest programme - an MSc in Educational Psychology.

The programme has been running for less than a year, but inspectors were so impressed by the programme team’s approach they awarded a rare commendation for a conversion course.

The commendation read: "The visiting team commend the ethos of the programme and their … critical reflective and applied approach which is much appreciated by the students. It is a unique selling point of the programme and discerns it over other courses."

Professor Elizabeth Wood, Head of the School of Education said: “In all three inspections, feedback from our students to the inspection teams was consistently positive, which reflects the commitment and specialist knowledge of the teaching teams and the quality of our students' experiences in the university and our partner organisations.

“What connects these three programmes is a shared commitment across the school to our deeply held values, the principles of social justice, the importance of educational and scientific enquiry, and anti-oppressive research and practice in all its forms.

“The positive outcomes for all three inspections were secured by close collaboration between our teaching and professional services teams who worked over and above their usual commitment with dedication, expertise and good humour.”

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