Portal Trust partners

The School of Education and Communities

The School of Education and Communities at University of East London (formerly the Sir John Cass School of Education and Communities) is one of London’s foremost centres for teacher training.


The School provides professional qualifying programmes in Social Work and Youth Work, and a range of undergraduate degrees in Education, Early Childhood, Social and Community Work and Global Development Politics and Sociology.

The school prepares graduates for meaningful employment both within the Education and Communities sectors, and elsewhere, inspiring our graduates to be the next outstanding community leaders. They pursue this by fostering the creation of professional identities in graduates through innovative, creative, and critically engaging experiences that will enable graduates to engage with transformational change, excellence and leadership throughout their future careers.


In 2008, we awarded a substantial grant to the University of East London towards a new state-of-the-art teaching and research centre in Stratford. The school conducts innovative, world leading research on public pedagogy, mixed economies of childcare, social work, teacher education and prison education. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the school ranked in the top 50 institutions in the UK for research. Importantly in terms of outcomes for us, many of its alumni are working in schools in east London, including both of our schools.

We also support UEL with a number of undergraduate sports scholarships since 2013 to extend the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.