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School of Education

Teacher Training

‘'Rated as Outstanding’ for all aspects of our Initial Teacher Education provision in our April 2013 Ofsted inspection for the second time. 

Through its ethos of research-led teaching, we provide trainee teachers with a challenging and rewarding education. We produce teachers with an in-depth knowledge of learning and education as whole, who are able to reflect on their experiences and adapt accordingly. Our trainees not only critically assess the latest research, but also utilise these theories to inform their own practice.

We offer three programmes that to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS):

  1. BA Primary Education
  2. PGCE Secondary
  3. PGCE Primary

Change to skills test delivery supplier from Monday 1 December 2014

The contractor responsible for delivering the Professional skills tests will change from Pearson VUE to learndirect on Monday 1 December 2014. The Department for Education will continue to maintain overall responsibility for the skills tests.

Whether you wish to gain QTS by undertaking an undergraduate or a postgraduate qualification, our programmes will give you the opportunity to develop your skills and abilities. The support provided by both the mentors in our partnership schools and our own academic tutors is of the highest calibre and both the schools and the University work together to ensure that you become an effective and creative educator.

Alongside classroom training you will undertake an intensive academic programme focused on understanding learning and on enriching your knowledge of either the broad Primary curriculum or your specialised secondary subject.

We are committed to excellence in education and to shaping the next generation of leaders in the field and in the classroom. We promote and instil in our students the importance of leadership, respect for others and a wider social and environmental responsibility.

We prepare our trainees for the rest of their professional lives as first class teachers.

All students undertaking a PGCE at Durham University have the option of obtaining a Master's level degree through our cutting-edge MA Education programme, which combines elements of the PGCE with further Master's level work.