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Study in the heart of London

Experience the amazing benefits of living in London and working in the capital’s diverse and exciting schools.

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London schools provide a real vibrancy to teaching that is unlike anywhere else in the world.” - Rhia – Social Science PGCE

Our teacher training students get to experience the amazing benefits of living in London and working in the capital’s diverse and exciting schools. More London schools chose to partner with the IOE for teacher training placements than any other university.


The London advantage

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Children in London’s schools outperform those in the rest of England regardless of their ethnicity, language, and disability. The IOE helped shape this world-renowned success story and you will help continue it, wherever you teach.

Train in the best schools in the UK

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We carefully select two contrasting school placements from more than 500 high quality partner schools.

Most of our schools have worked with us for many years and continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to educating the next generation of teachers.

The opportunity to learn from diverse contexts, pupils, teachers and communities will help prepare you to teach in any school.


Live and study in a dynamic capital

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As a UCL student you can find context and support and inspiration for your studies and your teaching.

The IOE is home to the largest education library in Europe and you will also have access to UCL’s wider facilities including a main library and a wealth of learning and social spaces. Beyond UCL are London’s unrivalled range of museums, galleries, historic sites and scientific institutions


Your next steps

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Stay in touch

Register interest in your chosen subjects and be the first to know about our open days, events and more.

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Attend an open day

Meet with programme teams and admissions staff, attend talks and presentations and chat with current students and newly qualified teachers.

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Teacher training at the IOE

Find out about our Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes and discover the answers to frequently asked questions.