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Durham University

School of Education

School Partnership

The School of Education have a well-established partnership across the North East of England. We work closely together with our partner schools and draw on the broad expertise across the Partnership which develops critically informed and reflective teachers.

Our unique Partnership is well established and has been highlighted as an example of good practice by Ofsted. We offer our trainee teachers a challenging and rewarding education through our ethos of research-led teaching. We believe we produce trainees who become teachers who have learned how to learn, and who can reflect on experience and adapt. We not only involve our trainees in looking critically at research, we also use the best research to inform our own practice

School experience is the most important aspect of the course, this is what prepares you and puts theory into practice.

We work with a wide range of schools across the North East and beyond which we have built up good relations with over a number of years. You are placed in a minimum of two different schools, which will give you the opportunity to experience both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The length of time spent in school will be at least 30 weeks across the three years of the course. You will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the course by your class teachers and your university tutors. The assessment is based on the Teachers' Standards for the award of QTS, which is awarded by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). Upon successful completion of your school placements and validation of your portfolio of evidence you will recommended for the award of QTS at the end of the three year course.

You may have the opportunity to visit schools abroad - current students have have visited China as part of an exchange. Watch the video developed by our students and see the published newspaper article to find out about their experiences.