The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) has been at the forefront of teacher education and educational research for over forty years. Its mission is to work for the public good through research and teaching focused on education in its broadest sense - including processes of learning, communication and social change.
We have a proud history of contributing to public policy debates and the concerns of professional communities of practice across multiple sectors, both nationally and internationally, and we provide programmes of study that help professionals critically analyse, research and effectively respond to changes in thinking and policy in their fields.
Recent and current research and policy partners include the UK Department for Education, the Scottish Government, local authorities, the NHS, Public Health England, the Health Foundation, national and international scientific societies, science centres and museums, the Children’s Rights Alliance, EU trade union and employer federations, teachers, teacher associations, and teacher educators in the UK and overseas.
Ranked 2nd for overall research quality out of 76 Education units submitted to REF 2014, the School has consistently performed well in successive research assessment exercises, whilst the School’s teacher education was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last two inspections.
The School has around 800 students, 84% of whom are postgraduates, and over 40 full and part-time academic staff as well as a number of research staff and a strong administrative and technical support team. It is located on King’s Waterloo Campus, close to the Houses of Parliament, the Southbank Centre and Waterloo Station.