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The School of Education is passionate about inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people both in the UK and internationally.

With over forty years of experience in professional education and training, the School offers a range of specialist courses for those wishing to develop a career in education working with children and young people. All students have access to purpose-built teaching and learning resources allowing them to develop their professional abilities. Facilities include fully equipped science labs, dance studios, sports centres and a Forest School; teaching and learning involves using enhanced technology, high quality teaching resources, lectures, seminars, workshops and group work relevant to the variety of educational settings in which our students will be working.

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The School’s initial teacher training (ITT) programmes received an Ofsted grade of ‘Good’ in November 2014. The Ofsted report comments on the strongly cohesive training programmes between the University and partner schools. Individual students are very well supported during their training and into their teaching posts. They are well prepared to teach the early years and the national curriculum and prepare their pupils effectively for life in modern Britain. The high level of employment demonstrates the value placed on the students in the Partnership of over 300 diverse schools and settings.

All aspects of the Early Years Teacher Status programmes have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in its recent monitoring assessment (November 2014). The University was additionally praised by the QAA for developing a “post-qualification programme for newly qualified trainees which makes a substantial contribution to the trainees’ professional formation”.

Working with Dame Tessa Jowell MP and UNICEF, the School of Education has successfully contributed to the global campaign to put Early Childhood Development at the heart of the post 2015 development goals. We are delighted that we had some part to play in its inclusion in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming our World by 2030.

The School works with government agencies, professional associations and over 400 schools and educational settings to provide students with high quality and personalised placement and training experiences. International study and exchange opportunities are also integrated in all undergraduate programmes, allowing further enrichment.

For more information about continuing professional development please view the School of Education’s Continuing Professional Development brochure.