Manchester to deliver innovative teacher training programme

The Manchester Institute of Education is one of seven institutions to have been chosen to partner with education charity Teach First.

From July, the institute will deliver its enhanced Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in partnership with Teach First. This will be a two-year salaried route into teaching, which places participants within schools facing the greatest challenges.

It focuses on building participants’ leadership skills, and on developing them as research-informed teachers so they can tackle educational inequality in low-income schools throughout the country.

Participants will study towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) which, for the first time, fully integrates teacher training with leadership development.

The PGDE will be worth twice the Masters’ credit of the Post Graduate Certificate of Education offered by the previous LDP, reflecting the value of university accreditation and the role of higher education providers in delivering training.

This will be the first PGDE in the UK to run over two years, with university involvement across both years.

"We have worked with Teach First for over 10 years, providing new teachers for some of the most challenging schools in the region," said Dr David Spendlove, Head of Initial Teacher Education at the Manchester Institute of Education. "We are therefore delighted to be working closely with them once again on this rigorous new programme."

This programme further demonstrates the University’s commitment to social responsibility and initial teacher education, through providing highly capable teachers to support schools serving low-income communities.
Dr David Spendlove

The seven university partners are:

  • Bath Spa University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Northumbria University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • The University of Manchester
  • UCL Institute of Education

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