At present, the course is provided free of charge. At the same time SE students may apply for a scholarship to help cover the costs of living and for a place in a UW dormitory.
The fifth round (the 2020/21 academic year) is attended by 38 students following one of the four education paths: Polish studies, mathematics, history and civic education, as well as biology and natural studies. Additionally, 17 students are on the psychological and pedagogical education path carried out in cooperation with the UW Faculty of Biology.
Daily school teaching practice is an integral part of teacher training at the School of Education. Students spend time in both academic classes and a school classroom. They observe lessons, co-teach, and teach, take part in meetings of teacher boards and parent-teacher conferences. The experience accrued at schools are then regularly discussed during academic classes. The School of Education takes responsibility for the quality of in-school apprenticeships by closely cooperating with thoroughly selected schools in Warsaw and its vicinity. Almost 200 teachers from the cooperating schools participate in workshops and consultation meetings held for SE students.
Each student has her/his own individual tutor from School of Education. Academic classes are held in small groups. Focus is set on discussion and systematic analysis of student progress. SE faculty is made up of people with school experience, actively involved in the area of education, and having different perspectives: in-service teachers, academics, and other people with a passion for education. The School of Education employs lecturers from many academic centers, trained by renowned American and European specialists in teacher education.
The PAFF and UW School of Education has its own Alumni Office which offers long-term support for more than 100 former SE students, also helping them find a job in their profession. The alumni cooperate with SE lecturers on an ongoing basis, regularly perfecting their methods and sharing teaching experiences. Education facilities hiring the alumni may take part in the rich training offer of the School of Education.
Since 2017, the School has added to its offer professional development for in-service teachers in teaching literature and Polish, mathematics, biology, history, as well as didactic and communication competencies. In the 2020/21 academic year the courses are attended by around 100 people.
Since March 2020 most academic courses, school apprenticeships, professional development courses, and educational events have been conducted online. The SE faculty modified the teaching curriculum to conform to the special conditions caused by the COVID pandemic.
Good practices developed in School of Education are popularized not only in schools but also in institutions for teacher education and professional development. In 2020 alone, with the pandemic restricting available options, various SE conferences, training sessions, and workshops attracted more than 2,000 people. During these meetings the participants could learn about methods and tools used by the School in teaching students. At the same time more than 10,000 teachers from all over Poland took part in special online classes on methods of remote teaching.
On behalf of PAFF, the Foundation for Quality Education, established by PAFF in 2014, is responsible for the management and development of the School of Education. SE is situated in the UW Center of New Technologies (CENT) in Warsaw.