Institute of Education


Get into teaching with an IOE School Direct partner school

Train to teach with an IOE School Direct partner school and you will benefit from the expertise of one of the world’s leading providers of teacher education.

Learn to teach with the best

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been ranked number one in the world for education for the past six years and our School Direct programmes are rated Outstanding by Ofsted across all subjects and phases.

IOE teacher educators are actively engaged in cutting-edge education research, with many of them writing the textbooks on every aspect of teaching.

The IOE approach 

Our approach is grounded in teaching practice and underpinned by academic engagement, questioning and critical reflection.

Your university teaching days will include seminars, presentations and discussion time, enabling you to reflect on your teaching practice, learn from our expert university tutors, and interrogate the wider education system. 

Two School Direct routes 

School Direct Salaried (Primary only)

The School Direct Salaried programme is an employment-based route into teaching for experienced graduates, with academic content provided by a university partner.

During your training you will be a salaried employee in a partner school, and will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) when you meet the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards. 

The IOE currently partners with primary schools only for School Direct Salaried routes:

School Direct Tuition Fee (Primary and Secondary)

The School Direct Tuition Fee programme is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme offered by schools in partnership with a university provider. 

It enables you to study the same curriculum as a university-based PGCE student, to attain both QTS and the PGCE at the end of the programme, and to choose the group of schools you will work with.

You apply to the School Direct alliance of your choice, and your first point of contact will be with the school rather than the university.

The IOE partners with both primary and secondary schools for School Direct Tuition fee routes:

The PGCE is also available as an university-led programme where your school placements are organised by the IOE rather than a partner alliance.