London Met has been training teachers since its earliest foundation as a polytechnic in the nineteenth century. We have a strong focus on helping our local communities through developing social justice, widening participation in higher education (HE) and our mission to give back to the city.
Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team is committed to building diversity in the teacher workforce and, in doing so, to support communities across London and beyond. We aim to ensure equal representation in the teacher workforce, creating an outstanding level of teaching for the next generation that's based on strong skill-sets and excellent subject knowledge.
We offer high levels of practical and emotional support for our trainees with the full backing of our student services.
The aim is to develop a critically-aware teaching workforce, with practitioners who have the skills and attributes necessary to make a real difference to society. Our partner schools choose to work with us because they share this vision.
All of our work is evidence-based and our trainees are expected to look at all sides of an argument. Research is at the heart of our programme and trainees will undertake often significant pieces of research as part of the programme. We are currently developing a journal of the research undertaken by our trainees.
We're aware that many of our school partners work in difficult conditions, often combatting issues of homelessness, deprivation and/or low aspiration; teaching children who do not have doors held open to them.
We aim to support schools, raise educational aspirations and make practical improvements. We achieve this through targeted university experiences, mentoring programmes and summer schools via our Outreach and Widening Participation team.
Our school partnerships are overseen by the Partnership Steering Group. Through the steering group, our partner schools are able to influence decisions that shape which teacher training programmes we offer.
All of our work is quality assured through our university processes, which are overseen by the ITE Quality Committee and our eminent external examiners, who offer a 'critical friend' approach to improving our provision.
Our most recent Ofsted report (2015-16 – rated Good) praises the quality of our trainees and the 'moral imperative' of the tutors to effect change to lives through education.
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Get in touch
Our partnership offer allows for a range of different levels of involvement and commitment.
For more information about the different options and financing for a trainee, or if you would like to sign up, you can contact ITEPlacements@londonmet.ac.uk.