Trainee teachers at the University of Reading are enjoying state-of-the-art facilities following a £30 million renovation project.
The establishment's Institute of Education has returned to its former location at the London Road campus following the work, which has served as part of the university's historic campus for over 100 years, getreading.co.uk reported.
Each year around 1,000 teachers are trained at the institute, and now they will be able to enjoy up-to-date facilities within the old building.
Staff at the institution now hope that the upgrades will help extend the stellar reputation that it has developed over the years and send out fully qualified educators ready to take up teaching jobs.
Head of the Institute of Education, Professor Andy Goodwyn, told the news provider that it was great to be settled into the campus.
"This campus may have its roots in the early 20th Century, but this investment means it will be fit to help students and staff prepare for the challenges of educating children well into the 21st Century, both through high-quality teaching and innovative research," he said.
Students and staff at the institute will benefit because it is so close to Reading town centre and the institute is now looking to share its facilities with the local community.
Professor Goodwin said that the upgrades would be good news for local primary and secondary schools, with many of those training at the institution likely to stay in the region to teach following their graduation.
"This investment will have great spin-off benefits to local schools who use our professional development courses and can access our resources and expertise," he added.
The renovated campus will also be the new home of the National Centre for Language and Literacy, which will display over 80,000 books that can be used by teachers, educational establishments and parents to improve levels of reading and writing.
In January, the Department for Education announced that more than 3,000 schools across England have taken advantage of a funding programme for phonics teaching materials, with over £7.7 million spent on the products.
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