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Teacher Education Partnership

Great teachers are made at Marjon

Plymouth Marjon University Teacher Education Partnership is a well-established partnership between the University and schools in the South West, London and Service Children’s Education. It is a values-based collaborative partnership that ensures excellent outcomes for pupils, trainees and teachers.

A 178 year history of training outstanding teachers continues in the ‘School Led Initial Teacher Training’. Through the partnership, the University and schools show their long-term commitment to the teaching profession through promoting excellent standards of teaching and learning and in providing opportunities for personal and professional development and dialogue.  The Partnership recognises the value of excellent role models in initial teacher training and promotes the involvement of outstanding teachers and Specialist Leaders in Education in working with trainees.

All members of the Teacher Education Partnership (Marjon TEP) (schools, colleges and other settings) are strongly engaged in the ITE partnership and are responsible for improvement and for the promotion of high quality teaching and learning for trainees and pupils.

All stakeholders, including trainees, will be fully prepared for their roles in supporting and assessing trainee progress and achievement, and in the planning and delivery of training.  Continuing professional development of stakeholders will be planned in order to meet the needs of schools and of all stakeholders involved with delivery of the programme.

"The PTSA are excited and thrilled to be working with Plymouth Marjon University as one of our key partners in the School Direct programme; it is a real opportunity to attract the very best trainees to our city and help them develop into outstanding teachers." CEO at Plymouth Teaching School.

Read more about our Partnerships with Primary and Secondary Schools:

Statement of expectations

Plymouth Marjon University Teacher Training Partnership develops highly reflective and professional teachers and expects that:

  • All trainees will achieve good or outstanding outcomes;
  • All trainees will have enhanced employability skills;
  • All stakeholders will engage in high quality support and training to meet the individual needs of all trainees;
  • All stakeholders will understand their responsibility to impact upon pupil progress.

Centre of excellence

In 2014 the University gained ‘Outstanding’ for Leadership and Management in the new OFSTED inspection framework. The Complete University Guide 2016, named us best University in the South West for Education degree programmes and in the National Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey 2015,  we outperformed the sector for primary and secondary provision, NQTs reflecting that their training prepared them exceptionally well for their career in teaching. In 2016 the National Student Survey (NSS) awarded us 100% and Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) awarded us 96% for Overall Satisfaction for our Initial Teacher Training outperforming the sector.



Plymouth Marjon University Teacher Education Partnership is committed to supporting professional development in education.  The partnership has developed its own model for mentoring trainee teachers and has developed specific, accredited postgraduate provision in coaching and mentoring.


Newly Qualified Teachers

The University’s aim is to support you during your NQT year and beyond. We work closely with our partner schools to ensure comprehensive professional development in the early years of your career.

Newly Qualified Teachers

Quality assurance

TEP roles and responsibilities are clear and robust mechanisms to quality assure the consistency and quality of both grading and training exist across MARJON TEP. Internal mechanisms include a triangulated quality assurance processes between school, the University and trainees and peer observation process, identifying and sharing good practice across university and school-based provision. In addition external mechanism includes the use of external examiners and external moderators.


Routes into teaching

Teacher Education Partnership develops highly reflective and professional teachers through a variety of routes into teaching. There are a number of options of how to train to teach but these can be confusing, picking the right route for you is important.

See our map of poster mapping out the routes into teaching: Routes into teaching (poster).

Our undergraduate routes are:

Our postgraduate routes are:

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses in French and in Spanish run over the Summer. The programme is unique in that it is:

  • Fully face-to-face,
  • Includes two full immersion weeks in France/Spain with the participants getting tuition there as well as staying with families,
  • Participants will be taught and examined, at both GCSE and A level, using the new (2016) resources, specifications and examinations, in combination with our own materials and approaches.

These SKE courses are fully funded. You should not need to pay tuition fees and participants will get a net bursary of £150 per week (totaling £1,800). Click for details of the  or the .

More info

Other key documents can be found here:

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