For many years, an on-Island initial teacher training programme has been run but the long standing partnership with the University of Brighton will cease at the end of this academic year.
The partnership between the then Education Department and the University of Brighton was established in 1999 but will come to an end in July 2019 as it is deemed to be no longer financially viable for the University. Unfortunately this means that the 'On-island Teacher Training' course will not run in September 2019.
The relationship between the University's School of Education and the States of Guernsey is valued greatly by both parties and delivered a number of mutual benefits over the years. In response to a changing Higher Education environment, the University has been reviewing its strategy and priorities, which included the partnership with Guernsey. As a result, the University of Brighton has decided to end the partnership.
Students who are currently undertaking a course through the University of Brighton will be able to complete it.
Throughout the last 20 years, the University of Brighton has run several courses on-island ranging from Foundation Level courses to a Masters in Education. Over 100 students (excluding those that are due to complete their qualifications in July 2019 and those on the FdA Early Years Care and Education & Cert Ed in Further Education and Training) have completed the course during the partnership. The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture are disappointed with the University's decision to end the partnership but are grateful to the University for their support commitment over the last 20 years.
Discussions are currently underway with other UK institutions and Jersey, to explore what higher education provision they offer and if there is any scope to discuss a joint venture.