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School and College Partnerships

Our partnerships with nurseries, schools, colleges and other education providers lie at the heart of our success.

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IOE is home to the greatest concentration of expertise and specialism within education anywhere in the world

Teacher education at IOE involves a network of national and international collaborative partnerships spanning pre-teacher training programmes, Ofsted 'Outstanding' teacher training from Early Years to CPD and professional development, school improvement, research, consultancy and innovation and masters and doctoral study. 

Find out more about our world-leading teacher training partnerships

If you are interested in working with us, please email us at ioe.businessdevelopment@ucl.ac.uk.  

The information below will help you to explore the many ways we work with nurseries, schools, colleges and other education providers.

Early Years

Working with nurseries and other Early Years settings, we provide an Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) route which prepares people to work with babies and very young children.

Our partnerships bring together expertise across the IOE and learning settings to provide an excellent learning experience for our participants.


Our core PGCE and IOE Lead Partner Direct routes are designed to prepare people to teach across the primary age range, we already work with over 300 primary schools.

Our partnerships bring together knowledge and expertise in primary education to support our outstanding teacher training provision.


Covering 18 school subjects on core PGCE and IOE Lead Partner Direct routes, we work with over 200 schools within and beyond London.

The majority of our partnership schools have worked with us for many years and have demonstrated a strong commitment to Initial Teacher Education.

The strength of our partnerships comes from sharing and building on expertise across both the IOE and schools to provide outstanding teacher training provision. 

Further Education

Placements in diverse, carefully chosen colleges will allow you to learn from different contexts and be prepared to teach in any Further Education (FE) setting.  

We work with a wide range of partners, usually further education colleges or adult education centres, who provide training placements and work with us to deliver joint university and partner taught sessions. 

Specialist Partnerships

IOE is home to more than 30 specialist research and education centres offering a wide range of resources to schools, colleges and nurseries. 

UCL Centre for Educational Leadership

The UCL Centre for Educational Leadership is UK’s largest university-based centre for research, teaching, development and innovation in educational leadership. It provides research-informed advice and guidance for educational leaders, managers and policy makers, focused on the impact of their strategies and actions.

International Literacy Centre

The International Literacy Centre provides professional development to schools across the UK and overseas to grow their literacy expertise, including Reading Recovery, an accredited school-based literacy programme for the lowest achieving children aged five or six that enables them to reach age-expected levels within 20 weeks. 

IOE Confucius Institute for Schools

The IOE Confucius Institute for Schools supports the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese and the study of China across other areas of the curriculum. 

Centre for Holocaust Education

The Centre for Holocaust Education works with schools across England offering extensive support for those engaged in teaching about the Holocaust. It leads world-class research, delivers free professional development for teachers across England, and provides high-quality and effective teaching and learning resources.

UCL Centre for Inclusive Education

The UCL Centre for Inclusive Education has more than 20 years experience of supporting professionals and policy makers in education to contribute to better outcomes for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

Research and Consultancy

Our work with schools, colleges and nurseries spans the full range of our research and consultancy capability.

Our research has two main aims: to address fundamental questions which have a direct bearing on all members of society; and to raise the standard of educational research. We undertake research in partnership with funders and clients ranging from major international research councils to small primary schools. 

Our consultancy services include and sometimes combine research, strategy and bespoke training, and are tailored to help you achieve your objectives.

Bespoke CPD

We work with schools, colleges, nurseries and other organisations across the world to develop bespoke CPD training programmes to meet their specific needs, including international PGCE programmes. Contact us at ioe.businessdevelopment@ucl.ac.uk to find out how we can help you.