Welcome to the Brunel University London Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership
In ITE, we offer and support various routes into teaching alongside associated academic qualifications. This provision includes: the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for both primary and secondary; an ab initio PGCert for student teachers following a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme in the Thames Valley Partnership; and we also work closely with a range of schools offering the salaried and training route PGCE School Direct route into teaching in both primary and secondary phases. Across all of these routes into teaching we seek to ensure that our students meet the Teachers’ Standards at the highest level and go on to be outstanding professionals in the long term.
Beyond ITE, we offer a Masters in Education (MAEd), a Doctorate in Education (EdDoc) and PhD postgraduate routes through the Department of Education. This continuum of provision ensures a commitment to teacher education and professional learning at all stages and the growing community of professional practice strengthens our Partnership.
Our ITE course provision is underpinned by a commitment to high quality research in Education and Initial Teacher Education and both our Departmental research groups illustrate this clearly. The Educational Identities and Social Inclusion (EISI) and Pedagogy and Professional Practice (PPP) research groups all have research active staff whose work contributes to and informs our teacher education programmes, with specific expertise in relation to issues around social justice in Education and teacher education.
The Partnership encompasses a range of different types of school. These include: local authority schools; academies; free schools; faith schools; independent schools; special schools and pupil referral units. We ensure that student teachers are offered contrasting placements, which meet the requirements of the age range for which their course is accredited and also provide learning experiences for student teachers prior to and post these compulsory phases. The schools we work with also reflect the culturally and ethnically diverse community surrounding the University. Student teachers benefit enormously from such varied school experiences and it is a key strength in our Partnership. We are very proud of our excellent reputation for recruiting student teachers and experienced teachers to our programmes from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds and we are committed to social justice and equality for students, colleagues and pupils across the Partnership; this is a focus of one of our research groups within the Department of Education. Many of our ITE students are also mature entrants and we welcome their prior experiences in industry, commerce, as parents and in various educational settings for example; they enhance our provision through their valued contributions.
We draw on the University’s proud Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) history in terms of our core set of provision in secondary ITE and we are delighted to offer the following specialist curriculum enhancements in our primary provision: Physical Education; Mathematics; Mathematical Thinking; Bilingualism and Cultural Identities; Science; Computing; and Talk. The Partnership benefits from access to our internationally recognised Brunel Able Children’s Centre (BACE) in the Department of Education, narrowing the gap for disadvantaged pupils through the outstanding Urban Scholars programme and providing associated research expertise to support professional development for staff in schools. The work of BACE further complements the work of the University’s Widening Participation Office in liaising with local schools to support transition into higher education. Also, our position as a Department of Education in the College of Arts, Business and Social Science (CBASS) facilitates potential links with a wider community of academic staff and associated expertise.
We are very fortunate to have a dedicated Partnership Development Unit (PDU) in the Department of Education at Brunel University London. The team within the PDU are committed to working collaboratively with students, school colleagues and academic staff to realise the vision of Partnership articulated in this statement. They co-ordinate communication across the Partnership; organise events and activities; liaise with schools and academic staff to support the placement of students in school; and promote the continuum of teacher education offered through Brunel University London.