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About the Department of Primary Education Faculty of Education & Health

The department offers two undergraduate degrees (a three year degree leading to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a two year, accelerated degree in primary education), as well as a postgraduate route to qualified teacher status.

For the two programmes leading to the recommendation for QTS, the department works in partnership with schools in London, Kent and Essex and can offer a varied teaching experience to students ranging from the inner city to the rural and suburban context.

Our teacher education programmes provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to enter the profession with enthusiasm and confidence as a newly qualified teacher, so that they are able to motivate and inspire young learners. A measure of our success is the very high employment rates shown on completion of our primary teacher training programmes.

In the most recent inspection (May 2016), Ofsted rated us as 'Outstanding' identifying the following key strengths in provision:

  • Personal and academic needs are carefully taken into account and used to personalise and adapt training.
  • A consistent characteristic of trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) across all phases is their confidence in reflecting critically on their practice. They take the appropriate steps to ensure that they promote the learning and progress of the pupils and students they teach.
  • The recruitment of under-represented groups from a wide range of cultural, ethnic, religious, age and social backgrounds is highly promoted.
  • Trainees and NQTs in all phases speak very positively about the training and support they receive from the partnership.
  • Trainees and NQTs have an impressive understanding of all aspects of safeguarding.

All taught sessions take place at the university's Avery Hill Campus and periods of school based training are undertaken in primary schools who work in partnership with the university. Staff in the department and the ITE partnership are well-qualified and experienced primary practitioners and aim 'to have a lifelong learning approach to the development of outstanding teachers and lecturers, who are able to impact on the lives of and outcomes for learners' (Ofsted 2016).

The two year, accelerated degree in Primary Education is a brand new programme and an exciting opportunity for a new generation of undergraduate students. Primary education is of critical importance for society as a whole and through engagement with a range of aspects across the broad scope of the programme, students will develop a range of skills and explore new areas of knowledge in this fast changing arena. The concentrated two years of study maintains the quality and rigour of a traditional three year degree and will prepare students thoroughly for a range of employment opportunities. It is particularly appropriate for those who would like to progress into a one year primary teacher education programme.