5th January 2021

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has announced a new partnership with leading teacher-training provider, Teach North.

The partnership will see the two organisations team up to provide first-class teacher training through the Teach North School Direct Programme. At completion of the programme, those on the course will receive a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status in addition to 60 Master’s credits.

Following its most recent evaluation, Ofsted awarded the PGCE programme at BGU, a Grade 2: Good.

Emma Tate, Director of Outwood Institute of Education and Programme Lead for Teach North, said:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with BGU to provide first-class teacher training to future teachers, through our School Direct Programme.

“The new partnership means Teach North is now working with five universities to deliver teacher training, while supporting the communities within which these universities are based. Working with BGU will enable us to focus on supporting not only Lincoln, but surrounding areas like Worksop and Scunthorpe.

“We believe that by working together with BGU, we can ensure trainee teachers get the very best support both in and out of the classroom as well as gaining invaluable experience teaching their own class as they study.”

Teach North recently announced that its 2020-2021 cohort was the biggest it had ever taken on, with over 100 trainee-teachers training to teach with them. While BGU has been educating students in the historic heart of Lincoln for over 150 years.

The university has been rated Gold in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, one of only a few universities from across the UK given the top award, demonstrating that they deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Stephen Smith, Head of ITE Partnerships at BGU, said:

“Bishop Grosseteste University is delighted to be working in partnership with Teach North. We look forward to working together in a joint venture, helping to develop the very best teachers who will serve the children and schools in our region.”