School of Education

School Partnerships

The University of Leicester collaborates closely with the teaching profession and schools through a number of highly-regarded and well-established Partnerships. These Partnerships are geographically located around the Leicester area, but we do also have a strong national and international presence though our extended research networks and distance learning programmes for the teaching profession.

PGCE placements

If you're interested in hosting placements for our trainee teachers during the academic year, contact us at, or fill out one of our forms:

Our Primary and Secondary PGCE courses currently work in partnership with over 260 schools across the East Midlands, and we welcome new schools wishing to join our network of Partner schools.

Benefits of partnering with us

High quality

The latest Ofsted Inspection Report (November 2015) found our Primary course to be 'Outstanding' and Secondary 'Good' with many strengths. Inspectors particularly praised our leaders' "strong commitment to securing a highly-skilled and professional workforce" and how the PGCE partnership "is very responsive to the views of trainees." In recognition of our partnership strengths, we are working with an increasing number of schools through the Lead Partners initiative.

Expert knowledge

Our expert knowledge of education is enhanced by international perspectives contributed by our staff, students and research collaborations. We are a dynamic and diverse School, committed to understanding and improving learning at every stage of life and in all contexts.

Reputation and experience

Our PGCE has a long-established and well-deserved reputation as a high-quality provider of initial teacher education and training, and we have an excellent track record of developing fruitful collaborations with schools.

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a partnership school, please contact:

Dan Lathbury

Secondary PGCE Partnerships Coordinator

Austin Ruddy

Primary PGCE Partnerships Coordinator

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