About us

The UEL Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership trains 500 Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory teachers each year and has been doing so throughout the past two decades. UEL is one of the largest post 1992 universities offering teacher training and education in London and Essex.

We offer routes into teaching through: PGCE, PCET, Secondary and Primary, School Direct Salaried and Non-Salaried, Postgraduate Teacher Apprentices, BA Primary with Education and QTS and a cohort of BSc Computer Science with Education and QTS.

We work with our trainee teachers to develop confidence and a teacher identity that is underpinned by educational theory and a trainee teacher's understanding of this - it is vital they can articulate a theoretical rationale behind the pedagogic choices they are making in their classroom or learning space.

Theoretical balance with the practice of teaching is positively engaged with at UEL within our ITE curriculum.

Why choose us?

    94% - Our overall student satisfaction score (NSS, 2018).

    Our teacher education and training courses continuously enjoy high rates of employment that are often above the sector average and expectation. Within six months of completing the course, 94 per cent of UEL Secondary ITT trainees have secured a teaching post (January 2020). Many of our initial teacher training alumni are now senior leader and headteachers.

    We have long-standing relationships with 400 partnership schools across London and the South East in all phases of ITE. Many lecturers have professional subject association links and leadership roles, are connected to appropriate educational research bodies and organisations.

    Our facilities

    We have outstanding teaching spaces available for modelling excellence in teaching pedagogy. All classrooms are equipped with what you would expect to be using in a professional teaching environment.

    There are also specialist classrooms to support our more practical teacher training courses e.g. Design Technology, Science, Computing, PE and Music.

    Our modern Docklands and Stratford libraries provide a wide range of resources, as well as specialist study areas. These are accessible 24/7 during term time.

    Why study Teacher training at UEL

    Our range of primary teacher training courses will equip you for the right skills to become a Primary teacher in a variety of school subjects. There are three elements secondary teacher training at UEL - subject studies, general professional studies and school-based training. 

    We offer:

    • High levels of support - Personalised professional support for every trainee, "ensuring that they develop good practice as a result." (Ofsted, 2012)
    • Continuing support through your ECT year and beyond - Once you're qualified, we'll keep in touch, invite you to sessions to develop your practice, and provide support to move you forward in your career.
    • Opportunities to further your degree - There are opportunities to gain additional qualifications in Child Exploitation and Online Protection and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities training, and a well-supported route towards Masters' qualification
    • Diverse learning - You'll be become part of a richly diverse group of trainee teachers, with "an unwavering commitment to raising standards and aspirations in the communities in which they work." (Ofsted, 2012)

    What we're researching

    Our teaching experience and research is internationally recognised and our curricula approach reflects how passionate we are about teaching and education.

    We enable our students to engage with the research agenda by conducting school placement-based action research focused work as part of their developing teacher role.

    Below are examples of our academic expertise:

    • Dr Warren Kidd, Secondary PGCE Course Leader, researches in the area of teacher identity and has published extensively in the area of sociology and teaching and learning.
    • Dr Shrehan Lynch, Senior Lecturer Physical Education, researches transformative pedagogies and sociocultural challenges in education
    • Sheeba Viswarajan, Senior Lecturer Chemistry Education
    • Elicia Lewis, Senior Lecturer Religious Education
    • David Wells, Head of Initial Teacher Education, researches game-based learning and gamification in school settings.
    • Professor Gerry Czerniawski, Research Degrees leader, has published extensively in the areas of teaching and learning, teacher and teacher educator identity, continuing professional development (CPD) and pupil voice
    • Professor Jean Murray is a world renowned expert in the field of Teacher Education, and has published prolifically in this area.

    Completing my teacher training has opened so many doors for me. I am now Executive Headteacher for a group of schools that works with some of the most vulnerable young people in the borough. The time and effort my tutor invested in me throughout my teacher training enabled me to reflect on my practice and continually develop the skills required to be the best I can be and give back to the community within which I work.

    Sam Walters

    Executive Head Teacher, Redbridge. Graduate 2012


    The sole goal of training to teach is to become a teacher and our students often secure jobs within our partnership, and in the schools, they undertake their training placements in. UEL also provides wider specialist careers advice to support you as you gather the evidence you need to work in an education related career.

    You will make contact with potential employers through your 24 week school-based placements. High quality coaching and mentoring, careers fairs, workshops and events with renowned guest speakers & lecturers, are also provided. These provide essential support to secure teaching jobs and career opportunities.

    Our postgraduate and Master's courses offer clear advancement opportunities in supporting promotion and leadership development for teachers and educational practitioners.

    At UEL, you'll have access to:

    • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
    • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
    • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
    • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
    • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
    • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
    • Support with setting up your own business.

    Our location

    Our location in one of Europe's largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

    Career Coach

    Use our online Career Coach to find out the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to.

    Get information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector.

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    • CMI - Our coaching and mentoring focused MA modules also receive Chartered Management Institute accreditation.
    • PSHE Association - Our PGCE and ITE courses also offer Personal, Social, Health and Economic education accreditation, through the PSHE Association
    • QTS - Qualified Teacher Status recommendation that is integral to all our initial teacher education courses.

    Undergraduate courses

    Certificate In English Language Teaching To Adults

    A practical qualification giving you the skills, knowledge and hands-on teaching experience you need to teach English as a second language to adults.

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    BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Education and Qualified Teacher Status

    Combine a thorough understanding of Computer Science with a carefully supervised programme of education theory and practice.

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    BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

    Train to teach the 3-7 age range. Study pedagogy and subject knowledge covering both the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.

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    Other courses

    CPD courses

    Certificate In English Language Teaching To Adults

    A practical qualification giving you the skills, knowledge and hands-on teaching experience you need to teach English as a second language to adults.

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