IOE Student Helpdesk


Initial Teacher Education

 IOE is one of the UK’s largest providers of postgraduate initial teacher education (ITE). We have been ranked number one in the world for Education in the QS World University Rankings for the tenth year in a row.  

At IOE, our PGCE programmes cover the full breadth of education, from early years through to primary, secondary and further education. Each programme is carefully designed so that you are supported to develop the appropriate expertise to teach specific subjects and age ranges. Across ITE, we are united in our ambition to develop intellectually curious, committed and critically reflective professionals who challenge inequities and transform lives through education.    

By learning to teach at IOE, you are joining a vibrant and supportive community of academics, researchers and teacher educators who, together with our partners in schools, colleges and early years settings, will guide, support and challenge you to think deeply about your teaching practice.  

Welcome from Head of Initial Teacher Education

I would like to welcome you to IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society.  

IOE has been educating teachers since it was established in 1902. I hope you are excited and proud to be part of this long tradition. Our commitment to serving all of London’s communities, to challenging inequities and to developing intellectually curious, committed and critically reflective professionals mean that IOE is an exciting and fulfilling place to learn to teach.  

Alongside your commitment to your academic studies and teaching practice, we also expect you to uphold high standards of personal and professional conduct. By doing so, you will play your part in maintaining public trust in the teaching profession that you are soon to become part of.  

Learning to teach is incredibly rewarding, but it is also challenging. Please draw on the support of staff in IOE, UCL and our partner schools, colleges and early years settings to help you. You are also part of a community of fellow student teachers. The experiences you share together this year will form the foundations for valuable friendships and learning.  

I wish you every success as you work towards becoming the teacher that you want to be.  

Dr Jasper Green   
Head of Initial Teacher Education 

ITE Vision of Excellence


ITE Policies and Regulations

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes are governed by UCL’s regulations, policies and procedures as set out in the UCL Academic Manual.

ITE programmes are also governed by complementary IOE - Faculty of Education regulations, policies and procedures for ITE in order to ensure the applicable Teacher’s Standards for your phase are met. 

includes policy on Placements, Fitness to Practise and Professional Practice.


Additional information


Guidance for students who face a fitness to practise panel:


Guidance for students who face a professional practice panel:


ITE Suitability and safeguarding policy: 

Teachers’ Associations and Unions 

There are many organisations which offer support, guidance and advice to teachers, many of which offer free membership to student teachers.  
Chartered College of Teaching 
The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers. 

‘We are working to celebrate, support and connect teachers to take pride in their profession and provide the best possible education for children and young people. We are dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers from the second they enter the classroom with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils’

Membership is free for student teachers

Subject Associations 
Subject Associations are membership organisations, whose members are subject experts. Subject associations are, independent of Government, often charities and their mission is to further teaching and learning in a specific subject in schools, colleges and ITE in universities. 

There is a membership fee for most subject associations, with discounts for student teachers.

NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union, provides protection, benefits and support for teachers, from professional advice and legal support to High Street discounts and free training.
By ‘putting teachers first’, the NASUWT works to enhance the status of the teaching profession to deliver real improvements to teachers’ working lives, seeking to ensure they are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals with working conditions that enable them to focus on their core role of teaching.

As a student teacher, you get free membership of the NASUWT throughout your training.

The National Education Union is the largest education union in Europe, supporting and representing more than 450,000 members, including the majority of teachers. 

Bringing together the ATL and the NUT, they provide a wide range of CPD, publications and other resources to help you develop your skills and guide your students, as well as offering you enhanced support and advice from a combined team of local reps, officials and legal experts whenever you face a problem at work.

National Education Union membership is free for student teachers.