Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Midwifery Teaching Pressures 'Threaten Quality'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Midwifery Teaching Pressures 'Threaten Quality'

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A worsening in the student-to-staff ratio in midwifery courses in recent years could be compromising the quality of teaching, a union has warned.

A Freedom of Information request by the Royal College of Midwives found that, of 49 institutions that responded, 41 do not adhere to the recommended ratio of one teacher to every 10 students.

The level was set by the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting in 1993 as a required standard for such courses, but the obligation was dropped when the Nursing and Midwifery Council took over their regulation in 2002.

Despite this, both the RCM and the NMC have retained the ratio as an informal guide to teaching quality.

The FoI request found that the average student-to-teacher ratio nationally rose from 13 to 13.6 students per teacher between the academic years 2009- 10 and 2010-11.

Thames Valley University, now the University of West London, had the worst ratio, with 23.5 students to every teacher. …

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