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Carnegie School of Education

Beneficial impact within and beyond the education sector

We are a School that is seeking to redefine the education and professional development of the children and young people’s workforce. We offer distinctive and creative programmes that are responsive to the changes taking place in society, focusing on the diverse skills required of modern professionals. For example, our BA Early Years with Enterprise programme combines an early years education with the knowledge and expertise to run a profitable business, the twin talents that successful nursery owners and workers require. For practising professionals, our innovative MRes programme in Professional Practice offers the opportunity to gain academic support and accreditation for applied development work that they may already be carrying out, or be about to carry out, in their workplace.

We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision. We offer a range of PGCEs which will allow you to train as either a Primary or Secondary School Teacher.

We are also researching and developing new approaches to improving pupils’ learning. For example, we recognise the value of drama and creative writing, which can both be used to enhance learning in subjects right across the curriculum. Our research in this area has resulted in our MA in Drama and Creative Writing in Education, which is of value to teachers of all subjects. The satisfaction of our students has advanced significantly over the course of a year, in part due to the fact that students feel as though they are joining an academic community, in which they are involved in the research work of their academic colleagues, positioning our students as co-creators of knowledge.

Carnegie Leaders in Learning is located within the School and has a long-established prestigious reputation for its role in developing leaders in the education sector. Our programme of continuous professional education is being developed significantly and will draw on our original research to offer development programmes that are at the leading edge of education practice.

The School is committed to having a deep, beneficial impact within and beyond the education sector. We have recently completed a project for Lloyds Bank Group to evaluate their school governor programme which contributes to the bank’s CST commitment – click through to read our Final Report and Evaluation Summary. We are also developing a Multi Academy Trust that will support and aid the development of a number of our regional schools, bringing the support and resources offered by the university even closer to the experience of teachers in school.

Our Academic Team


Professor Damien Page

Professor Damien Page is Dean of The Carnegie School of Education. He began his career as a lecturer of English in further education and he was also a manager in a number of subject areas including humanities, finance and construction.

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Our Academic Team

Course Areas

Transforming mental health in schools: "The work we do ensures that mental health difficulties at school do not stand in the way of a young person's success in the future." - Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Carnegie School of Education

Training, Research and Enterprise

30:30 Wristband Challenge

The 30:30 Wristband Challenge in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Active Schools is set to help schools and pupils boost their activity levels and change their habits towards exercise.

The Carnegie Education Evaluation Unit

As one of the leading providers of teacher education, school improvement and evidence-informed practice is central to our mission and our dedicated Education Evaluation Unit has been created to support schools, colleges and other organisations. 

Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, thereby improving outcomes and life chances.

CPD: Carnegie Leaders in Learning

Carnegie Leaders in Learning has a strong track record of delivering professional development to schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region and beyond. We have worked with schools for more than 14 years and core to our approach is a commitment to delivering a service that is personalised, flexible and reliable.

For Business

Carnegie Great Outdoors is a leading provider of outdoor education, adventure activities and leadership development.


The Centre for Research & Innovation in Childhood, Education and Society is an inclusive and expanding hub which supports all collaborative ventures leading to the creation, interpretation and dissemination of new knowledge and the sharing of expertise in related areas across the University and the wider communities it serves.  We also operate the Carnegie Research Pathway for Teachers that aims to develop practitioners who can research and evaluate practice within educational settings to find out what really works for students and help to improve teaching standards in their school.

Our School

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Recent news

High school scoops first national mental health award

Promoting wellbeing has helped an academy become the first secondary school in the country to gain a new mental health award from Leeds Beckett University.

Raising literacy levels of targeted school pupils

Leeds Beckett University is helping to raise the literacy levels of pupils in year groups sometimes overlooked by schools.

Leeds Beckett embarks on Polar expedition

Leeds Beckett is breaking new ground by teaming up with the globe’s most northern higher education institution.

Upcoming events

Jun 26

The Digital Doctorate

Jun 27

Creative practice and wellbeing: Unlocking potential through story

Leading practitioners and academic experts in drama pedagogy, creative writing and participatory theatre are coming together to deliver a series of practical workshops for colleagues. Workshops will explore the potential of story to develop motivation, curiosity, literacy, agency, compassion and ask important questions about the nature of what it means to be human.

Jun 29

Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Annual Conference

The conference theme is knowledge exchange and will feature themed round table discussions facilitated by experts in the field of Mental Health in Schools. The Knowledge Exchange will aim to inspire, empower and equip delegates to strengthen their understanding to support the mental health of the next generation.

Jun 29

Inside the Ivory Tower Book launch

Inside the ivory tower: narratives of women of colour surviving and thriving in british academia

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