Our ambition for excellence is centred on developing teachers as lifelong learning and future leaders who will influence educational change. The School of Education trains teachers for all phases, all routes, and all contexts. Our goal is for all our qualified teachers to be informed, inspiring, and influential. At the heart of our work is a commitment to improving education and opportunities across the region.
We seek to recruit teachers that reflect our regional population to ensure good role models for all. This means we ensure we do all we can to remove barriers to entry to teaching, whilst retaining our focus on expecting the highest standards of practice.
We celebrate the diversity of culture, identity, and community, promoting an inclusive curriculum to develop informed and insightful professionals.
We work with our student teachers to develop their resilience, confidence and professionalism. All our education professionals have excellent communication skills and fully understand the importance of developing this in the learners they work with.
We equip all our student teachers with the ability to underpin their practice with subject knowledge, understanding of early reading, good behaviour management skills, an awareness of the range and complexity of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), and to develop a breadth and in-depth understanding of
early reading, good behaviour management skills, an awareness of the range and complexity of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), and to develop a breadth and in-depth understanding of early reading, good behaviour management skills, an awareness of the range and complexity of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and to develop a breadth and in-depth understanding of the relevant curricula and appropriate pedagogies to use across a range of learning environments.
We believe in evidence-informed practice and the scholarship of learning and teaching. We seek to underpin all our work with academic research and disseminate best practice.
Our qualified teachers are skilled professionals recognised for their subject expertise; they are education leaders of tomorrow. They also progress nationally and internationally, taking outstanding practice into other contexts.
What Ofsted says about our placement learning (July 2021):
‘The partnership provides effective training, both in the University and partner settings, that prepares trainees well to teach their subjects. Trainees learn how to apply relevant research to their teaching. They become reflective practitioners, committed to ongoing professional development. Trainees are also well prepared for the realities of teaching. For example, trainees in all phases finish their courses well prepared to manage behaviour.’
‘Staff provide excellent support. University tutors provide effective help with issues such as managing workload and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. In partner settings, mentors help to develop trainees’ teaching skills while providing strong professional role models.’
‘Leaders provide comprehensive academic and pastoral support for trainees. Trainees see their school-based mentors and university tutors as a cohesive team that work together to help them develop.’