Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

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School of Education

We are proud to train the highest quality teachers, educators, early childhood and Montessori practitioners and support ongoing CPD through Masters and research degrees. Recognised as 7th in the UK for Education (Guardian League Table 2024), ARU is the only new accredited university provider of teacher training in the UK.

Our courses

Undergraduate courses
CPD and postgraduate courses
Research programmes
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National recognition

Apply now to a university that:

  • Ranked 7th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2024)
  • Scored 90% for the Teaching on my Course on our BA Early Childhood Studies in the National Student Survey 2023
  • Ranked 3rd in the UK for Learning Opportunities on our FdA Early Years and Education in the National Student Survey 2022
  • Is the only UK University provider of specialist Montessori degrees at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.
Our people
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Initial Teacher Training

Newly accredited by the Department for Education from September 2024, Initial Teacher Training at ARU offers the gold star of teacher training with a BEd (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, a Master's level Lead Mentoring training programme and a range of exciting partnership opportunities.

Learn more about our Initial Teacher Training
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Meet our students, alumni and staff

Read our Spotlight interviews with students, alumni and staff from the School of Education. Discover their experiences of working in the industry, find out what it's like to study on our courses and get inspirations for your own career.

Read our Spotlight interviews
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Our research

Our School is home to two groups that develop and promote research on education, including early childhood, identities and inequalities.

Learn more about our research
Read our latest news
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Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching across ARU was rated 'Gold' in the 2023 Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF).

Find out why we're rated Gold
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University of the Year

We're proud to be the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2023. The University of the Year award honours ‘exceptional performance during the 2021-22 academic year'.

THE University of the Year award

Chat to our students and staff

Do you want to know more about a course or student life at ARU? Send a message to our students or staff – they'll be happy to answer any questions you have.