School Direct Teacher Training in partnership with the University of Birmingham
We offer school direct initial teacher training programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham, whom we work with to recruit and select trainees and provide a high-quality training programme. This route into teacher training places school-based experiences at the heart of your training. You will begin your training in our lead school Victoria Park Academy, learning from experienced professionals and giving you a sound basis from which to begin to apply theory to practice.
Successful completion of our programme leads to the award of Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipED) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).The course will provide 120 Master’s level credits, enabling you to progress on to an MA in Teaching Studies at the University of Birmingham if you wish.
Why train with us?
We are invested in school direct training because we want to train, develop and retain our own teachers so they go on to become future teachers and leaders within our Trust. We have been involved in teacher training since 2015 and have employed almost 50% of the teachers we have trained in schools across our Trust.
From the start of your training, you will benefit from high-quality learning experiences alongside skilled teachers who will help you understand what good teaching looks like so you can become the best teacher you can be.
All students are assigned mentors during their school-based placements, who provide individualised support on a day to day basis and are committed to developing creative, innovative and passionate teachers. You will also have the opportunity to network as a group of students during Trust sessions aimed to develop your skills and practice further in a supportive, peer-to-peer environment,
Testimonials from teachers who trained with us
“I was supported really well through my training and strongly believe that gave me the best start to my teaching career.”
Martin, Year 5 Teacher
“My mentors were very supportive, very helpful and very kind. I don’t think I could have had a better experience!”
Tanya, Year 3 Teacher
“My mentors couldn’t have been more supportive. They invested a lot of time in me and their encouragement and feedback really helped me to develop as a teacher.”
Laura, Year 5 Teacher
Why train to teach?
Listen to what some of our previous students, who now work in our schools, love most about teaching: