The University of East London is a dynamic university at the forefront of academic innovation with a student community of over 20,000.

The aim is to be a successful and inclusive regional university, renowned for its contribution to social, cultural and economic developments in their region, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability.

Sir John Cass’s School of Education and Communities has put the key issues of improving the supply of excellent teachers for East London and teacher education in general at the core of its activities. It has embraced all the difficulties of both recruiting and training students.

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In 2007 the University of East London approached Sir John Cass’s Foundation for a grant towards a purpose built facility at the Stratford Campus. Much of the funding had already been raised and the Foundation gave a grant over five years to aid the building of an inspirational centre which is the catalyst for the raising of aspirations throughout key London boroughs – a hub for teacher training and development as well as a community resource for children in the local schools. Sir John Cass’s Foundation School of Education and Communities opened in 2008.

The Stratford Campus is located right at the heart of one of Europe’s largest urban development projects. Stratford is one of the best connected areas in the whole of London, with its superb public transport links, and the Channel Tunnel rail link, Stratford City and the 2012 Olympic Park brought thousands of jobs and businesses to the area, vastly increasing the need for the training of East London’s teachers, who will, in turn, go on to teach and inspire the next generation of east Londoners.

The University of East London’s teacher training has been highly rated by OFSTED for, among other things, its success in community-based partnership which meets a local and national need for high quality teachers fully reflecting the diversity of the local community. The report also highlighted a good focus on teaching the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.

The School’s vision is to empower students, enhance their life chances and help them realise their potential in the world of work, especially related to children’s education and community issues. Local students, who are particularly valued by schools, are recruited. Not only are the students from the same communities as the school pupils themselves, but also, on completion of their training, most of them choose to teach locally and stay teaching locally for their careers, thereby improving the stability of the teaching force.

There are now more than 1500 undergraduate students in each year with 300 teachers completing their training in each year. The BA (Hons) Social Work is rated by OFSTED as third in London for overall course satisfaction with a number of programmes dedicated to providing high quality education for people to be social workers or who are social workers or engaged in allied professions.

The School is actively involved in research and scholarship of local, national and international significance, with particular emphasis on early childhood, language and diversity, multilingualism, teacher education, race and community, learning and teaching, comparative education, professional education and social work.

Sir John Cass’s Foundation continues to have involvement in the School of Education and Communities which bears its name.


helen_masterson_uel_thumbHelen Masterton, Dean, Sir John Cass’s Foundation School of Education and Communities

“ The grants awarded by the Sir John Cass Foundation help support UEL staff and students, as well as members of the local area in a number of important and invaluable ways.

The funding awarded for the construction of our inspirational School of Education building acted as a catalyst for raising aspirations throughout our key London boroughs. The building has proved a unique hub for teacher training and development, as well as a community resource for children in our local schools.
Over the past two decades, UEL’s School of Education has put the key issues of improving the supply of excellent teachers for East London and teacher education in general at the core of its activities and the purpose built facility located at our Stratford campus has contributed massively towards supporting this new era in professional education ”.

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