IT’S “outstanding” at teaching people to teach.

The University of Winchester has been given top marks by Ofsted inspectors for its initial teacher training course.

A report praised the “high quality of training, assessment and tracking systems”, which help almost every trainee to find work as a teacher.

The university works with seven local authorities and around 500 primary schools, 18 secondary schools and 23 special schools to provide work-based placements for its trainee teachers.

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Kriss Turner, head of Initial Teacher education said: “This is a fantastic result for the university as it confirms our position as one of the best providers of teacher education in the country.

“This report is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, students and partnership schools.”

Inspectors looked at the five different routes into teaching provided by the university, praising the flexibility of training programmes and the support offered to students.

Over the past three years, more than 95 per cent of trainees have been graded as good or better in assessments Ofsted said were backed up by inspection evidence.

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care, Professor Joyce Goodman said: “We’re delighted that Ofsted has recognised the excellence of both primary and secondary initial teacher education at Winchester.

“This inspection report highlights just how well the university prepares teachers, of whom we are rightly proud.”

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