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Teacher Training Primary

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UEL is one London’s leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors. Capitalising on our east London location, we’ve earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools.

    Over the last three years we've trained approximately 1,000 primary teachers. Staff at the purpose-built Cass School of Education and Communities are experienced practitioners in primary education and you will benefit from their expert support, coaching and mentoring.

    We work with more than 200 primary schools and nurseries across London. You will have the chance to work with learners from a range of backgrounds and cultures, including those with English as an additional language (EAL).

    According to the most recent statistics, 94 per cent of our Primary PGCE trainees were in a teaching post within six months of completing their course. That beats the primary Initial Teaching Training sector as a whole (UEL data 2012-13).

Why us?

We strive to train a culturally diverse teacher workforce that reflects the local community. In fact, we’re the only initial teacher education provider in the country that meets the Equality, Diversity and Disability benchmarks.

We also have a strong record over the past five years of recruiting and training men to become primary teachers.
Our courses have been planned in partnership with east London teachers and local authorities.

UEL Docklands Campus

With plenty of support, practical experience and focused training in your chosen subject area, the primary Initial Teacher Education courses are structured to help you become a reflective teacher as quickly as possible, with the confidence to help pupils make excellent progress.  
Newly qualified teachers from UEL are highly sought-after in east London. In one of our boroughs, Redbridge, 33 per cent of their newly qualified teachers are trained at UEL.

Schools we have worked with have been impressed by our trainees, and many of our students go on to work for their placement school.

Learning By Doing


The staff and schools train and support you holistically. Passionate and inspirational subject leaders, head teachers, teachers and mentors make for confident and passionate trainees. As a result, I've become a professional, reflective practitioner with really high expectations.
Jagdeep Matharu , Primary PGCE graduate
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What we're researching

Andrew Read, Head of Primary Initial Teacher Education, has worked in primary schools in Tower Hamlets for more than 14 years. He has published articles collaboratively on independent learning, exploring ways in which learners in schools and in higher education can take greater ownership of assessment. His chapter on reflective practice is included in Sage’s Professional Studies in Primary Education.
The Teacher Education Research Group (TERG) at the Cass School of Education and Communities is a forum for informed debate and discussion on all aspects of teacher education, promoting the work of our dynamic group of teacher educators and researchers.
All TERG events are open to staff, students and other members of the UEL Initial Teacher Education Partnership from local schools, colleges and professional organisations.
As well as producing a bi-annual periodical, Research in Teacher Education, TERG offers support for first-time and early-career researchers and opportunities for networking.
For example, TERG’s ‘buddy’ scheme teams up more experienced researchers with those new to the world of academic writing and contributes to the group’s successful output of journal articles, chapters in books, books and conference paper presentations.

UEL Research