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IOE Teacher Education College

World-leading education and research for practitioners and leaders and home to flagship professional development for teachers at every stage of their careers.

The College is an integral part of IOE, UCL’s faculty for education and society. It draws on and contributes to the expertise of the entire faculty, which collectively makes the world’s broadest and most granular contribution to the understanding of how education can be used to improve lives. 

The IOE Teacher Education College is founded on its partnerships with schools and school leaders from around the world. We combine this with our in-house, world-leading research programme to provide world-class education and professional development.

Inside a classroom at UCL Institute of Education.

Our mission is to educate, develop and support independent, free-thinking professionals. That’s why we don’t subscribe to any one pedagogy or doctrine. Instead, we are open – to new ideas, new research and to your real-life experience – as the key to progress and delivering excellence.

Ofsted Outstanding

Our initial teacher education is rated Ofsted Outstanding.

1st

We are first for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject - since 2014.

We were ranked first for education research strength in the last Research Excellence Framework assessment, and we are home to more than 30 specialist research and education centres offering a wide range of resources to schools, colleges and early years settings.

It will be a place where research, education and practice intersect under one umbrella – giving us ever-greater reach and expertise across all areas...
—Professor Clare Brooks, Pro-Director for Education. Read more from Clare here

But perhaps most importantly, school leaders and teachers say that the IOE Teacher Education College has provided them and their staff with the skills, information and tools they need to build fulfilling, successful careers in education.

World-class teacher training

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The IOE Teacher Education College is an Ofsted Outstanding PGCE provider – and one of the largest in the UK, educating more than 1,000 students every year.

We offer PGCEs in Early Years Initial Teacher Training, Primary and Early Years, Further Education, and Secondary PGCEs in 18 subjects – more than any other provider, and draws upon our unrivalled breadth of expertise. 

At the heart of the programme is our 500-strong schools network, enabling us to ensure that our student teachers get the experience and exposure they need – and that school leaders have direct input into our thinking and practice.

Early Career Framework

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At the UCL Institute of Education, we know that retaining early career teachers is vital to long-term planning and success. The DfE-approved and fully-funded learning and development pathways within the Early Career Framework enable your team to grow in confidence, develop their practice and deepen their knowledge and skills.

Flexible and interactive, the programme takes this rich experience of translating evidence into practice, and has been co-designed by teachers, school leaders, teacher educators and world-leading academics.

National Professional Qualifications

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The DfE-approved National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) grow your teaching talent, inspiring and informing aspiring leaders and enabling existing leaders to build on their knowledge and practice. Programmes range from the NPQ for Leading Teacher Development, for aspiring subject, year group, key stage or phase leaders, to the NPQ for Senior Leadership and the NPQ for Headship for those taking their career to the next phase.

Master’s

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Our Master’s programmes, taught by world-class specialists, allow education practitioners to deepen their knowledge, reflect on their practice and bring the very latest in cutting-edge research and thinking to your school. Our taught courses cover all stages and aspects of education, and our subject Master’s enable intensive study of the latest developments in curriculum and pedagogy in the main secondary school subjects, allowing students to go further into their chosen field and develop their suitability for successful subject leadership.

Our research plays a vital role in education in schools of all kinds, globally. It has two primary goals: to address fundamental questions that have a direct bearing on all members of society, and to raise the standard of educational research.

What does that mean in practice? It means that we are focused on examining and understanding what works, what doesn’t (and why) and how teachers and leaders can use this information to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms right now.

The depth and breadth of our research work is unique. At any one time, we have around 200 research projects running in the UK and globally, which are led by more than 300 academic staff. The IOE undertakes around 25% of all funded education research in the UK, and the most recent Research Excellence Framework judged 94% of that research to be world-class. We draw on partnerships with more than 30 specialist research and education centres, including the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership and the UCL Centre for Inclusive Education.