The Open University
Teacher training: opening up careers through part-time distance learning
The Open University devised Europe’s largest initiative for teacher training based on part-time distance learning. It recognised a large reservoir of able 30-45 year olds who welcomed a change of career into teaching. They were particularly interested in maths and science, subjects which are facing national shortage of teachers. This innovative approach with a strong emphasis on IT skills and close partnerships with schools nominated by the students for their teaching practice has earned The Open University worldwide recognition.