As an internationally recognised centre for professional development and training, the School of Education is committed to providing high quality postgraduate taught courses that are tailored to meet the educational and development needs of a wide range of local, national and international students. All our courses are underpinned by leading research.

We offer a flexible route to master’s study to suit your professional, personal and financial circumstances. The organisation of modules on our programmes allows you to construct different pathways of either full time or part-time study, enabling you to develop the specialist knowledge and professional skills that will sharpen your practice and advance your career in Education.

MA Education

Our MA Education is designed for practising teachers in primary and secondary schools and for FE and HE lecturers. It runs in full time and part time mode with the option to specialise in curriculum. There are four pathways for the MA Education to enable you to undertake study related to your professional situation. These are:

  • Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Leadership and Management
  • MA Education

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PGCE Primary

Initial teacher training for graduates.

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PGCE Education – Post-compulsory

Leads towards the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

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Leading edge thinkers

  • A team at the forefront of educational thinking widely regarded as a major influencer of national education and learning, policy and practice at both a local and national level
  • Specialist strands and expertise include leadership and management, special educational needs (SEN) issues, and primary and secondary curricula. Professor in Education, Debra McGregor, is a specialist in science and literacy. Dr Jane Spiro, a National Teaching Fellow, researches both English as an additional language and creativity in writing.
  • Experienced practitioners including former head teachers and current practitioners develop your professional knowledge, expertise, critical enquiry and reflection.

A unique learning environment

  • Oxford is an internationally recognised centre for educational learning. You will have outstanding learning and work opportunities at your fingertips
  • Seminars and conferences attracting high profile experts, practitioners and speakers on hot topics in policy and practice. Past speakers have included Jennie Pennant, of the maths advisory group NRICH, and Henrietta Dombey, Emeritus Professor of Literacy in Primary Education at the University of Brighton. Seminars run with the Oxford University Department of Education have covered academisation and teacher supply and retention.
  • Highly rated teaching with a reputation as one of the UK’s biggest providers of professional development in education. Our primary programmes train some 600 new teachers every year.

Strong teaching partnerships

  • Partnerships with schools in Oxfordshire where we offer School Direct, as well as with teaching school alliances that provide new and flexible routes into teacher training.
  • Local, national and global scale impact including through our international partnerships and connections with Kyoto University of Education and Stavanger University.
  • Co-sponsors of The Oxford Academy, a community secondary school where staff and students provide practical support to pupils and teaching staff.

Courses to suit you

  • Study around your professional and individual circumstances through our modular approach. It accommodates both full-time and part-time study and develops you according to your interests and ambitions.
  • Professional courses for education professionals cover specialist areas including leadership and management, TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), and opportunities for developing bespoke school-based programmes.

Raising standards: Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Our new centre supports schools and colleges to achieve the highest standards for their pupils. It combines practitioner insights and cutting-edge research to tackle the real-life challenges faced by educational institutions.

A network of academics, teachers, researchers and educational leaders, undertake research into educational practice for national bodies, consultancy and training to schools and colleges in areas including:

  • leadership and management
  • managing change
  • teacher support and professional development
  • preparing for Ofsted inspections
  • supporting early career teachers
  • curriculum development, including maths and literacy.

Leading partnerships

‘Thinking, Doing, Talking Science Project’

A research project led by Helen Wilson, Principal Lecturer at the School of Education, together with Science Oxford, has found that delivering creative and challenging lessons to primary school children improved their attainment in science by the equivalent of three months learning.

The evaluation report of the project, titled Thinking, Doing, Talking Science, was published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on Friday 12 June 2015.

Helen Wilson conducted a year-long trial involving 1500 Year Five pupils across 42 schools in Oxfordshire. Those participating in the trial saw their science scores increase by the equivalent of three additional months and the positive effects of the programme look to be particularly pronounced for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition to the gains in their science knowledge and understanding, the pupils’ attitudes towards science also improved throughout the trial.

The programme provided five professional development sessions to two teachers from each school. The teachers were enabled to deliver science lessons that included more creative investigations, class discussions and asking big questions to challenge childrens’ thinking, such as ‘how do we know the earth is a sphere?’, or ‘how do we know the person next to us is alive?’.

The project was funded by EFF and delivered by Science Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.

Let’s Teach Computing

A department for Education funded online course to help deliver the Primary Computing Curriculum.

The year 2014/15 saw significant changes to the Primary School Computing Curriculum. To help, Oxford Brookes University teamed up with the University of Northampton and educational technology firm Turn IT. Together, we developed a project to support schools to easily embed the new Computing Curriculum. Named ˜Let’s Teach Computing’ it was a free online course, open to anyone and run over 6 weeks.

It focussed on areas of the curriculum such as programming, algorithms and using physical devices and centred around providing educators with tried and tested activities programming skills and planning ideas.

Developing Leaders for a Digital Age

Aimed at FE (Further Education) leaders and decision makers with responsibility for the learning experience, the curriculum, and the digital learning environment.

Developing Leaders for a Digital Age was an online course which supported college leaders to become better informed to make decisions about the provision and use of technology which meets learners’ expectations, develops their digital literacies and prepares them for employment.

It provided users with course materials, webinars and activities along with support from the project team and encouraged networking with other FE managers and leaders enrolled on the course.

Developing Leaders for a Digital Age was commissioned on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation by Association of Employment and Learning Providers as the lead for the Excellence in Leadership, Management and Governance (ELMAG) partnership, and was funded by the Education and Training Foundation.

Consultancy work for the Oxford Diocesan School Trust

Oxford Brookes has been working in partnership with The Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust since 2013 to deliver school improvement works in a range of their schools.

We currently deliver bespoke training tailored to meet the needs of schools in the following areas:

  • Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) mentoring and support
  • Special Education Needs and Inclusion support and development
  • English – improving writing and reviewing current practice for reading
  • Grammar and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) development
  • Learning leadership programme
  • Maths Support
  • Art teaching development
  • Good to Outstanding
  • Special Education Needs Coordination (SENCO) support and development

Leadership for Learning

Oxford Brookes University joined forces with the University of Oxford to provide leadership development for staff and governors of primary schools in Oxford.

Experts from the University of Oxford’s Department of Education partnered Oxford Brookes’ School of Education and a consortium of local schools (known as ˜Education Excellence in Oxford’) in an effort to improve numeracy and literacy levels in Oxford’s primary schools. The initiative was sponsored by Oxford City Council.

The project ran from 2012 to 2014, during which time, all schools which engaged with all aspects of the project experienced dramatic improvements in pupil performance, teacher retention and OFSTED graded outcomes.

A commissioned review of Leadership and Management in the Further Education sector.

On behalf of lead organisation for the Further Education sector we researched sector expectations and requirements for leadership and management training. Our report supported the development of a series of leadership and management interventions for the Further Education sector.