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Teaching Excellence Framework

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a mechanism for measuring the quality of teaching in higher education institutions in England, although institutions in other parts of the United Kingdom can also opt into the TEF if they choose. All higher education providers, including further education colleges and private institutions, can take part in the TEF. This entry discusses why the TEF was introduced, how it has been implemented, how the TEF assesses teaching excellence, and criticisms of the TEF.

Reasons for the TEF

There were two broad reasons for the introduction of the TEF. Following the Browne Review in 2010, tuition fees for UK and European Union students in England were increased to a maximum of £9,000. At the time of the introduction of the TEF in ...

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