Primary and Early Years Initial Teacher Education

student doing early years science

Why train to teach at UWE?

Teaching children of early years and primary age is rewarding and challenging. At UWE our aim is to produce teachers who are creative, resourceful, reflective, and professionally grounded. We give you the skills to succeed in contemporary classrooms and the capacity to innovate and lead when circumstances change.

Ofsted rates our primary provision as Good with Outstanding features and defines a key strength as  ‘the high level of reflection exhibited by trainees and their positive response to a wide range of up-to-date and innovative training opportunities. Ofsted Report March 2011

What's unique about our courses?

  • Strong partnerships with schools support our programmes.
  • Our trainees are highly sought after in the workplace: 87 per cent of our undergraduate teacher trainees gained employment in the teaching profession (National Student Survey 2011).
  • Placements in schools and nursery settings range  from inner city schools to rural primaries to equip you as an NQT.
  • We offer a child-centred approach. For example, in teaching behaviour management we look at why a child behaves in a certain way and then how to overcome barriers to learning.
  • We have highly skilled, research-active lecturers and specialist workshop facilities with technicians to support you. Quality teaching rooms.
  • Innovative teaching - in how we teach reading, how we encourage children's mathematical thinking and the way learning is used across the curriculum to bring children's learning to life. 
  • We produce teachers who are effective communicators with children and understand how talk is used in the classroom.
  • We encourage enquiry based learning in science and beyond.
  • We educate not just train. We encourage trainee teachers to become 'reflective practitioners' who constantly learn and question, and develop their professional practice.

Find out more about our undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses.

How we prepare you to teach

Find out about the different ways we support you throughout your time here with us.                       

How we teach children to read

Learn more about our commitment to helping our students and partners develop the teaching of reading.

Placement opportunities

Gaining experience in relevant settings is a key part of how you will grow and develop your confidence and skills here with us.

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Page last updated 5 December 2013

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