Higher Education provision at Canterbury College has received a new accolade, after being given a Silver grading in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF grading highlights excellent teaching and provides prospective students with information on Higher Education (HE) providers so they can make an informed choice on where to study.
The TEF is graded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The award has only recently been introduced after being developed by the Department for Education. This year’s results are the first time that gradings have been awarded.
The College was praised in the grading, for enabling students from all backgrounds to achieve excellent outcomes, with the report stating that “very high proportions of students progress to highly skilled employment or further study.”
Lucy McLeod, Principal of Canterbury College, said: “This new award from HEFCE really highlights the work we’ve done to ensure our higher education provision is delivering for our students. It’s always our focus to make sure we get the best results for students, and it’s a real achievement by our team of committed HE professionals, to be given this grading that showcases their excellent standards.”
The report also praised the work done by the College to develop relationships with employers to benefit students.
Lucy McLeod continued: “It’s always our aim to ensure our students are well equipped to be able to progress directly into employment if they want to. We work hard to engage with employers to ensure the skills we teach are what local business needs, and to develop our students’ employability. It is fantastic news that this has been recognized within the TEF grading the College has received, and it’s wonderful to see we are placed as equals with a number of other specialist HE providers.”
This new award comes shortly after the College’s HE provision achieved an upgraded Quality Assurance Agency rating, and the College as a whole received an Ofsted ‘Good’ grading.