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Welcome to the PGCE Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes and to the Department of Education at Brunel University London. To Student Teachers, I extend my thanks for chossing to study with us and, to Professional Co-ordinating Mentors, Mentors and Class Teachers, thank you for your essential contribution to the ITE programmes.

At Brunel University London, we are very proud of our long-standing history in and track record for high quality partnership provision for ITE. Indeed, Brunel University London’s predecessor colleges are some of the oldest colleges of teacher education in the British Commonwealth, with one (Borough Road College) dating back to 1798. Formal partnerships with schools date back to the 1980s, well before they were made statutory in 1992. So, over time, we have been able to evolve effective ways of integrating university- and school-based work and opportunities for professional learning. The PGCE programmes are subject to rigorous ongoing revision and development to reflect the changing nature of education in the wider context of government policy and legislation. This process is facilitated by our close working relationship with our partner schools through the Partnership Management Group (PMG), which comprises head teachers and senior teachers from partner schools and other educational contexts and members of the ITE teaching team and Partnership Development Unit (PDU). 

The Brunel University London partnership takes pride in the high level of expertise and wide range of experience of our staff at all levels, informed by an ongoing commitment to research activity in their respective fields. These are attributes that enable us to state confidently that our Student Teachers receive the best possible professional learning and leave Brunel University London prepared to embrace the challenges and reap the rich rewards of teaching in schools. The high quality of our both our primary and secondary PGCE programmes has been recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' in 2015, by the schools with which we work and also by our  Student Teachers. Our programme is distinctive, innovative and known to be of a very high quality. 

As Head of the Department of Education at Brunel University London, I send my very best wishes to those Student Teachers joining us for what I know will be a stimulating and thoroughly rewarding year.

To all our colleagues in the wide variety of educational settings we work with, thank you once again for your commitment to ITE and helping to support and develop the next generation of teachers for the profession. We look forward to an ever closer, collaborative partnership and wish you and your staff every success. 

Cathy Gower

Head of the Department of Education