Norland College gets a gold star

By Anita Jaynes on 6 June, 2018

One of the smallest and most specialist independent institutions in the UK has been awarded a ‘Gold’ rating for the standard of its teaching, in the latest government-backed rankings of teaching quality in higher education.

Bath-based Norland College, which has been providing bespoke early years higher education for 125 years, has achieved a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Gold rating – the highest standard possible – in today’s national assessment of undergraduate teaching, which aims to help students make more informed choices about their degree choice.

A key component of TEF is the National Student Survey (NSS), which gathers undergraduates’ opinions about their course, and takes into account factors including the learning environment, student experience, and opportunities for employment on graduation.

Dr Janet Rose, Principal at Norland College, said: “We’re extremely proud to achieve a gold TEF award at Norland College. This award is in recognition of the hard work of our academic and student support team, who consistently strive to make sure the experience our early years students receive is the highest possible quality.”

Mandy Donaldson, Vice Principal, Head of Academic Services and Registrar at Norland College, added: “We are particularly proud of this award as it is based on feedback from our students, along with their retention rates and achievements. Above all, we’re pleased to be able to offer Norland College students with the rarest of prospects for graduates – guaranteed employment opportunities with children and families.”

Students at Norland graduate with a degree validated by the University of Gloucestershire, alongside the prestigious Norland Diploma. The College teaches students an array of value-added specialist skills, from emotion coaching, to security training and anti-terrorism, and skid-pan driving. Norland Nannies are also provided with their own recruitment agency, Norland Agency, to ensure that graduates have outstanding employment opportunities upon leaving the College, and throughout their careers.

Pictured above: Norland College students