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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 17:12 GMT
Poor report for teacher training consortium

A consortium which trains primary school teachers has been heavily criticised by government inspectors.

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has awarded the lowest possible grading - poor - to the South East Essex Consortium in four out of five inspection categories.

These include the quality of the training, and the trainees' subject knowledge and understanding. Only the trainees' planning, teaching and class management scraped through with an "adequate" grade.

The consortium, based at South East Essex College in Southend-on-Sea, now faces a further Ofsted inspection in about a year's time.

It is also expected that the Teacher Training Agency will take its poor performance into account when considering future funding arrangements.
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