Partnership benefits

Partnership reinforces commitment to the teaching profession and improves standards of teaching in schools, colleges, training providers and other agencies. It also helps shape our student training policy.

Benefits to training providers include:

  • affiliation with Plymouth University's longstanding reputation for excellence within education and teaching
  • enhanced evaluation of practice
  • opportunities to share new ideas, expertise and best practice
  • links with qualified and experienced personnel
  • prospects for continuing professional development (CPD).

Benefits to Plymouth Institute of Education include:

  • high quality practitioner training and support in schools, colleges, training providers, and other agencies, so that each student can meet required standards
  • access to good professional practice, in a variety of contexts
  • opportunities to see current initiatives in action
  • encouragement of schools, colleges, training providers, and other agencies’ involvement in the development of placement opportunities
  • provision of supportive and appropriate first destinations for students.


The Institute provides:

A high level of support.

  • University tutors share student teacher assessment and supervision responsibilities with placement teachers.
  • Schools, colleges, training providers, and other agencies have prompt access to the University via the partnerships office.
  • Schools, colleges, training providers, and other agencies are provided with detailed information and guidance relating to the organisation of student placement activities.

Enhanced recruitment of teaching staff.

  • Partnership provides proven enhancement to schools, colleges, training providers, and other agencies’ in the recruitment of new teachers.
  • Many students secure their first teaching post in their teaching placement settings or in other settings within the partnership, often via personal recommendation.

Continuing professional and curriculum development.

  • Students often bring new ideas and up-to-date subject-specific expertise that contribute to the development of placement settings.
  • Regular meetings provide valuable opportunities for networking and the sharing of good practice.
  • Experienced teachers have opportunities to enhance their skills of monitoring, assessing, and supporting students and colleagues in their professional development, as well as their planning and delivering of teacher education and training.

Contact us to find out more about the benefits of partnering with Plymouth Institute of Education.