Billericay Consortium 'top' for teacher training

A teacher training group in Essex is the best in England, an annual report has found.

Billericay Educational Consortium, was named top in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2011, produced by Buckingham University.

The ratings are based on the entry qualifications of trainees, Ofsted ratings and the numbers of trainees taking up teaching jobs.

Oxford and Cambridge universities came second and third.

In total, 227 teacher training providers were analysed.

Billericay Educational Consortium is a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) is made up of a group of Essex primary schools working together to train up to 25 teachers a year.

They gain a post-graduate certificate of education from the Open University.

Report author Professor Alan Smithers, of Buckingham University's Centre for Education and Employment Research, said: "The Billericay Educational Consortium has particularly high entry qualifications because there is so much competition to get in.

"I think it also has perfect Ofsted ratings and a very good employment record.

"When you put all that together, it nudges it ahead of Oxford."

The study by Buckingham University found that teaching training was wasteful as only 27,976 (71.5%) of the 39,103 trainees who qualified in the summer of 2010 were in teaching posts in January 2011.

The study also found that 62% of the trainees were teaching in state schools, while 5% were in independent schools and 4% in "other" education.

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