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Teacher Education and Training

Where futures are shaped

  • Overall satisfaction success

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

  • Our Employment Success

    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.

  • Our professional links

    We have long-standing relationships with over 300 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.

About us

The UEL Initial Teacher Education Partnership aims to develop outstanding teachers for schools and colleges and their communities. We foster evolving teacher identity through innovative, creative and critically engaging experiences that will enable our beginning educators to engage with transformational change excellence and leadership throughout their careers.

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 the largest post 1992 university offering teacher training and education in London.

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.

“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
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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.

Our staff

All our staff are experienced school teachers and school leaders. Some are ex headteachers. Many staff are active researchers in the field of Education.

Find out more about our staff.


What we're researching

We have an exciting London Scholars scheme which encourages our students to get involved in new and applied research within the local community. Our project for 2015, sponsored by Baroness Andrews, explored the factors inhibiting some young people from applying for university courses.

A further pioneering research project led by UEL has identified how social networking sites could be used more effectively to help educate people in the event of a national disaster.


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 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.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!


  • 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.

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