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Marjon sees 55% rise in postgraduate teacher training applications

Released: 22.07.20

Plymouth Marjon University has reported a recent surge in postgraduate teacher training applications.

Over the lockdown period, applications through PGCE or School Direct programmes are 55% higher than 2019. Applications for some PGCE courses are now only available for start in 2021.

The following postgraduate teaching courses at Marjon are now full for September 2020:

Potential applicants can join a mailing list to receive notifications for when these courses reopen in October 2020.

Applications are paused in line with the latest Department for Education guidance on teacher training post Covid-19. It outlined that teacher training providers should limit their numbers, so trainees will get the opportunity to work within schools.

The following courses are still open to applicants for September 2020:

 Aspiring teachers can still apply to Marjon for postgraduate teacher training through the School Direct programme. Marjon offers School Direct in both primary and secondary schools.

The university is still welcoming applications for undergraduate BEd (Hons) Primary Education and BEd (Hons) Physical Education Secondary Education. 

Marjon has been training teachers for 180 years and commits to providing the highest quality training. The university has a relationship with around 300 primary schools, 200 secondary schools and 25 specialist schools in the South West.

Marjon trainees scored the university 89% for student satisfaction, placing in the top 25% quartile of all providers in England. This was according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2019.

93.3% of graduates are in further education, employed or both five years after leaving. This compares to an 88.2% sector average, according to the Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2019.

Director of the Marjon Teacher Education Partnership, Gillian Golder said: “As schools prepare to welcome all children and young people back in September, we have been proactive in suggesting how our trainees can deploy into schools.

“Marjon are acting flexibly to help meet the needs of both our school partners and trainees. We have seen an increase in applications this year and many who are starting teacher training in September have seen the significant impact teachers have on young people, in particular in these unprecedented times”.

For information on teacher training programmes at Marjon:


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