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Overview of Brunel University London Teacher Education Partnership

Welcome to the Brunel University London Teacher Education Partnership.  We are a forward-looking and dynamic Partnership, providing a continuum of provision for teacher development from Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through to support for early career teachers and ongoing professional learning for experienced teachers and leaders in education. In offering this continuum of provision, we are seeking to make a significant contribution to school improvement in the local, regional, national and international arena. We are a research led University with a strategic goal to address society’s challenges and a commitment to education is central to achieving this goal. We draw on the expertise of research active staff in education and teacher education within the Department of Education at Brunel University London and outstanding expertise within our community of Partnership Schools to offer high quality professional learning. The Partnership is school led and senior colleagues in our primary and secondary schools chair our strategic Partnership Management Group (PMG). The PMG drives the Partnership forward through rigorous quality assurance, responsiveness to policy horizons in teacher education and through ensuring that both school improvement and the progress of pupils are at the heart of all our provision.

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 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.

The Partnership encompasses a range of different types of schools and alliances. These include:  local authority schools; academies; free schools; faith schools; multi-academy trusts; teaching school alliances; independent schools; special schools, pupil referral units, University Technical Colleges (UTCs) and a youth offenders institution. 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 Student Teachers, colleagues and pupils across the Partnership; this is a focus of one of our research groups within the Department of Education.

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; and Talk. The Partnership benefits from access to our internationally recognised Urban Scholars, narrowing the gap for disadvantaged pupils through the outstanding and providing associated research expertise to support professional development for staff in schools

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 Student Teachers, 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 Student Teachers in school; and promote the continuum of teacher education offered through Brunel University London. Along with key academic staff contacts detailed later in this handbook, the PDU team are a key source of advice and support.

We welcome you all to the Brunel University London Teacher Education Partnership and look forward to working with you all as part of our thriving community of professional practice. In this section, you will find information and guidance related to school experience for you as Student Teachers and for Mentors and PCMs in our Partnership schools. We look forward to meeting school Mentors and PCMs at our Mentor Development sessions. Slides and resources for these sessions can be found on these pages. We share and celebrate events and achievements and this can be accessed through our termly Partnership Newsletters, also found on these pages.