This initial teacher training programme enables lead schools to choose the provider they want to work with. These schools play a key role in recruiting and selecting trainees and they work with the University to provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status. Applicants apply direct to a lead school and undertake their placements within the lead school’s partnership. Partnerships may include a mix of primary, special and secondary schools.
Following successful completion of this 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham.
There are two routes currently being offered:
School Direct students pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham and may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000
School Direct (salaried) is normally for graduates with at least three years’ work experience. Students are employees of their schools and are paid a salary. The University does not charge fees for this route.
The University of Birmingham is working with the following lead schools to recruit and train teachers on programmes starting in September 2016 on the School Direct route:
Academies Enterprise Trust (The Rawlett School, B79 9AA)
Bishop Challoner Catholic College, B14 7EG
Chadsgrove Special School, B61 0JL
Colmore Infant and Nursery School, B13 8QB
Hales Valley Teaching School (Lutley Primary School, B63 1BU)
Harborne Primary School, B17 9LU
Haybridge High School, DY8 2XS
The National Forest Teaching School (John Taylor High School, DE13 8AZ)
Our Lady and St Hubert’s Catholic Primary School, B68 0LP
Plantsbrook School, B72 1RB
Redhill School and Specialist Language College, DY8 1JX
South Bromsgrove Community High School, B60 3NL
The Earls High School, B63 3SL
Woodrush Community High Sch
The University of Birmingham School Direct partnership has worked to co-develop the programme for School Direct. The quality of both the programme and the newly qualified teachers that enter the profession as a result of it are critical to all partners involved.
The University of Birmingham´s Initial Teacher Education provision has a record of being graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, most recently in May 2013 when all aspects of both its primary and secondary provision were once more awarded this grading.
All schools involved in the University’s School Direct partnerships are within the West Midlands area, many are National Teaching Schools and all are in carefully constructed School Direct alliances.
School Direct students enter their training with an expectation that, if they are successful in their training and achieve QTS, they are likely to be employed within the schools in the School Direct training alliance in which they have trained.
School Direct students studying with the University of Birmingham and its School Direct partner schools can expect to be highly employable. Success in finding first teaching posts for students on the university’s postgraduate programmes is very high – and substantially above national averages. In addition to this, teachers educated with University of Birmingham partnerships typically remain in the profession and build excellent careers in teaching with progression on to leadership and management roles in schools where that is their desire. A significant number who follow our postgraduate programmes take up the opportunity to complete Masters study at some point after their induction year, further enhancing their career development.