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Leeds Beckett named amongst top teacher trainers in UK


The Carnegie School of Education has been named by the Government’s Department for Education as one of the best providers of Initial Teacher Education in the country, alongside the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.


This week the Government announced its allocation of student numbers for The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) teacher training places starting in September 2017 across the country. Places are normally allocated on a year-by-year basis; however, for the best performing providers, including Leeds Beckett, student numbers have been confirmed for the next three years.

Leeds Beckett has been named as one of 25 universities providing the best Initial Teacher Education in the country, securing high numbers of student places for the next three years, including a rise in Primary PGCE places from 20 to 75 places, starting in September 2017.

Professor Damien Page
Professor Damien Page

Professor Damien Page, Dean of the Carnegie School of Education, said: “We’re delighted to be in the company of the world’s leading providers of teacher education, working together to create the next generation of outstanding teachers. As one of the best performing Schools of Education in the country, we work closely with our school partners in the region to improve the life chances of children and we’re delighted that the outstanding quality of teaching in Yorkshire is being recognised.”

The accolade follows the news that Education at Leeds Beckett University climbed 29 places in the 2018 Complete University Guide league table.

Dr Graham Parton, Head of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education, added: “We were very pleased to hear about our three-year allocation for our PGCE programmes, which is testament to our excellent partnerships with schools and the relentless support and guidance our tutors give to our student teachers. We pride ourselves in working innovatively with our teaching students to promote pupil progress and therefore increase the life chances of children.”

Rebecca Proudman, a student representative for the Primary 5-11 Provider Led PGCE Course, said: "I pursued a career in education mainly due to inspirational teachers throughout my own education. They made me understand the value of education and that is something that I want to pass on. It is an incredibly rewarding job, knowing you can have such a positive effect on children's lives even if it is something so small gives me great satisfaction within my work. Also, I love working with children. It is unpredictable and challenging, and every day is different. You get incredible highs from a lesson that went really well, when a child has a breakthrough or even just when a class simply enjoys something that you have planned.

"I was attracted to Leeds Beckett as I was knew it had a good reputation not only by official recognition but also friends who had already completed their teacher training here. Also, I knew instantly on the interview day that I wanted to study at Leeds Beckett as is felt like such a warm and friendly environment, which is something that is definitely needed during a PGCE.  Studying in Leeds has given me great understanding of the education system. Each placement has been completely different providing me with an enormous amount of experience and the opportunity to develop different areas of my practice. The time in university has also been useful in filling the gaps that experiences in schools as a student may not cover. Due to this I can honestly say I feel prepared and confident to take the next step as an NQT and into a job. 

"Lecturers and tutors at Leeds Beckett are approachable and enormously supportive. Going back to an earlier comment about it being a warm and friendly environment, it really is. Link tutor observations can be quite daunting but I have always been made to feel comfortable and at ease, they have all been such positive experiences. Tutors in the masters modules have been knowledgeable and engaging, and have provided me with appropriate and useful feedback that has enabled me to complete assignments."

Tania Sargent, Head of PE, Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation and a former PGCE Secondary Physical Education student, added: ““The strong reputation of my course at Leeds Beckett and the teaching skills I gained have been instrumental in my career. I'm now Head of Physical Education seven years after graduating. The support from tutors and hands-on experience on the course was fantastic.”

The best providers of Initial Teacher Education

  • Brunel University
  • King's College London
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Roehampton University
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chester
  • University of Derby
  • University of Durham
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Northumbria
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Winchester
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