Working in partnership with UWE Bristol

Partnership with UWE Bristol offers schools, colleges and early years settings the opportunity to play a major part in training the next generation of teachers and to gain support for existing teachers in professional development. Additionally, working with trainees, in partnership with the University, can have a positive impact on pupils’ learning. We highly value our long-standing partnerships with some 400 secondary, further education, primary and early year settings across the South West and beyond, and welcome applications from new partnership schools and colleges.

Our aim is to prepare, in partnership with schools, newly qualified teachers who reflect on and learn from their own teaching and from the effective practice of others; who are knowledgeable, adaptable, creative and independent; and who are sensitive and effective in their communication with others. UWE Bristol trainees are trained and educated to teach all core and foundation subjects and are sensitised to the various needs of learners in schools/settings.

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Why partner with UWE Bristol?

The Department of Education and Childhood has an excellent track record in providing Early Years, Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education (ITE), rated Good by Ofsted (December 2013).

Some key features of our provision include:

  • streamlined paperwork and processes to support trainees and mentors during practice placements
  • robust assessment processes using online reporting
  • effective support for trainees and mentors
  • positive and regular communication with trainees and mentors
  • online briefing and training sessions for mentors, aligned to the National Standards for School-Based ITT Mentors
  • the ‘Training and Assessment Toolkit’ to aid mentors in making judgements about trainees’ professional practice
  • high-quality support for subject knowledge development for all trainees.

We work closely with School Direct partnerships to make school-led provision alongside our core ITE programme offer.

"We have a great relationship with UWE Bristol and enjoy supporting trainee teachers. The trainees always arrive well prepared and enthusiastic. I have been really impressed with their preparation and communication ahead of the placement as well as their understanding and flexibility as schools are certainly not the same places, they were pre-pandemic!  "

Louisa Munton, Headteacher at Shirehampton Primary School

Louisa Munton Headteacher at Shirehampton Primary School

Placement offers

Plan your placement offer for 2021-22 and submit to our Placement Communication Portal (PCP).

Placement offers
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