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He has written six books including, recently, Much Promise about high-achieving state schools and Other People’s Children about the least academic 50% in England.


The University of Buckingham teacher training courses are amongst the most successful and accessible in the country. With over 1,000 teachers and school leaders studying with us, we have become one of the country’s leading providers of teacher training and professional development.

Our primary aim in all of our courses is to improve teaching and leadership in schools. The frameworks and assessments for each course weave into your day-to-day school lives, so that study and practice are relevant to your role and aspirations.

The School is based in the Whittlebury Hall, a hotel about 15 minutes from Buckingham, which offers the advantage of accommodation and multiple meeting rooms for residential courses. Students also have use of the university library and online resources.


Semele, PGCE

“The residential was was very clear and had a lot of thought had put into finding a good range of speakers to interest people from all backgrounds. I’ve returned back to school today full of ideas (and I’m sure annoying my colleagues!). It was also really nice to meet the other PGCE students finally and our subject day was very well thought out too. “


Our School of Education courses range from introductory day courses, to the PGCE, tailored master’s programmes or doctorates. We believe good teacher training focuses on the practice of classroom management and apply what good research and experience tells us works best.

Graduating from the School of Education will equip you with the knowledge and practices to be a major influence for good on people’s lives. It can be a hugely fulfilling career, with progression available in a variety of routes, from teaching assistant to head of school.


We have a variety of partners that we work with at the School of Education including: National Mathematics and Physics SCITT; Council of British International Schools (COBIS); The Anglo Institute of Education; Beds SCITT; Chiltern Learning Trust; Oceanova; Premier Pathways; Parents Teachers for Excellence; Boarding Schools Association (BSA); and more.

We also have a number of connections with professional bodies such as CPHC and BCS.

*Teaching Excellence Framework: The Times Higher Education metrics rankings, 2017