INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, UCL
UCL is a modern, outward-looking institution, committed to engaging with the major issues of our times. One of the world’s leading multidisciplinary universities, UCL is a true academic powerhouse – as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables – with no fewer than 21 Nobel prizewinners coming from the UCL community. Founded in 1902, the Institute of Education is today unique amongst faculties of education in its scale and in the depth and breadth of its expertise, unparalleled both in its impact nationally and in its work with education systems overseas. In the 2016 QS rankings, the Institute was placed first in the world for education for the third year running, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Melbourne.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER
Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, and Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ the University of Chichester has a long and distinguished record in training teachers dating back to 1839. They have a very strong reputation for school based training which enables them to offer a wide range of curriculum subjects. The majority of the University based sessions are delivered at their Bognor Regis Campus.
GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Goldsmiths, University of London have been training teachers since 1904 and are renowned as a leader in the field of educational research and teacher training. Goldsmiths work in close collaboration with a range of partner schools across London, in both teacher training and research. Goldsmiths programmes have a strong emphasis on active learning, creativity, inclusion and languages and graduates benefit from excellent employment opportunities. Goldsmiths campus is set in vibrant New Cross, with excellent London Overground, National Rail and bus links into central London
THE UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
The University of Portsmouth has been involved with secondary teacher education since 1991 and is currently rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED for its secondary ITE courses. Situated in central Portsmouth at the School of Education and Continuing Studies we offer the highest quality of professional research-led training to meet the employment needs of local schools, where the majority of our trainees gain employment each year. Our partnership is very strong and schools are highly supportive of our course. We work with about 90 schools ranging from comprehensive secondary schools, middle and high schools, sixth form and FE colleges, special schools and independent schools.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON
The University of Roehampton has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years and has a long-established, international reputation as one of the principal providers of teacher education in the UK. Many members of the academic staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of provision for all of our students; and all tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors.
The university experience is enhanced by our beautiful campus – unique in being both close to central London and set in parkland with grand, historic buildings and lakes side by side with newly built modern facilities.
The University views the support of students as an integral part of its role. Every student studying on one of our courses is there because we consider that he or she has the potential to become an outstanding, effective teacher. It is our job to give the support to enable every student to achieve that ambition.
Roehampton recognises that teaching is a rewarding but demanding career and that there are times when even the best students will face challenges. Every student benefits from the strong support system in the School of Education as well as having individual named tutors to whom they can turn for advice and support.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
The University of Southampton has been involved in teacher education since the last decade of the 19th century, and has trained teachers for primary, secondary and further education, for employment in the locality and beyond, ever since. Southampton Education School has always built a very strong relationship with its partner schools, and has worked with over 10 school Alliances, including TESLA, since the introduction of School Direct in 2013. PGCE staff, one of whom will be assigned to you as a tutor, all have extensive experience of teaching in schools and expertise in their subject area, teaching pedagogy and learning theories. Tutors and lecturers have local, national and international reputations in research in education, which contributes to the training and education programme delivered.
During your PGCE course you will attend timetabled Friday training days on the Highfield campus. The training you will receive will focus on both professional themes and subject specific aspects of teaching. You will be supported in studying chosen topics for your Masters level assignments, from which you can gain 30 ECTS credits (1/3 of a full Masters degree).
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
The University of Sussex has a long and successful tradition in teacher education. The University of Sussex Initial Teacher Training (ITE) Partnership’s most recent quality outcomes relating to the School Direct and PGCE cohort completing their course in Summer 2015 included; 94 per cent completing their teacher education with either a Merit or a Distinction, 96 per cent securing their first staff teaching post on completion of their course and 99 per cent of ex-trainees rating the quality of their initial teacher training as ‘good’ or ‘very good’. In March 2014 OfSTED highly rated the Sussex Secondary provision as ‘Good’ and Primary as ‘Outstanding’.
Candidates on a Primary or Secondary School Direct (Tuition Fee) place with University of Sussex will be automatically registered on the Sussex PGCE which offers up to 90 Master credits and enables progression onto a part-time MEd in the NQT year if you wish. You will receive the same high quality level of training and support from the University of Sussex as would a traditional Sussex PGCE candidate in addition to the many advantages of undertaking a school–based model of training with our strong partnership of schools.
University of Sussex tutors work with us to provide high quality inputs on how to teach and assess in a variety of secondary subjects or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the school-based training offered across our partnership.
After a full time intensive 1 week University Induction course in September you will train to teach in school Monday to Thursday each week. On some Fridays you will attend the University ITE training course on the Sussex campus at Falmer near Brighton alongside all other School Direct and PGCE trainees. This training features a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials and school visits led by University of Sussex education faculty, excellent teachers from partnership schools and other educational experts. These sessions also allow you to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and reflect upon the learning and teaching you engage with in schools during the week.
Every trainee is expected to complete a number of academic assignments at Masters level which are designed to develop knowledge and understanding, encourage reflection and assess progress against the Teachers’ Standards. The University works in partnership with the school to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). A university subject specialist tutor will be assigned to support you whilst on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.