School Direct Lead Schools

The University of Birmingham is working with the following lead schools to recruit and train teachers on programmes starting in September 2020 on the School Direct route. 

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Chadsgrove Training School, B61 0JL

  • Primary School Direct SEN, PGCE (Salaried). (UCAS 25QH)
  • Primary School Direct SEN, PGCE  (UCAS 25QG)


School-based training days are typically held at Chadsgrove School. 

Our special school placements are offered in:

Partnership ethos 

We aim to equip teachers of the future with exemplary skills to meet the needs of learners with Special Educational Needs, through providing the highest quality of training experiences to nurture excellent practitioners. 

What makes our School Direct partnership special? 

We offer an exceptional opportunity to qualify as a Primary Teacher, with the additional enhanced skills to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We have a strong partnership of special schools offering a range of provision for SEND. 

Why train with our School Direct Partnership? 

  • All trainees completing our programme have found employment as teachers
  • Unique opportunities to train alongside teachers with specialist skills and knowledge
  • All trainees have attained grade 1 or 2 at the end of their course
  • Working within vibrant schools with supportive colleagues
  • Access to professional development sessions with nationally respected practitioners 

Support for students during training 

You will be supported in each placement by a class teacher, and be mentored by experienced and enthusiastic practitioners who will provide the highest quality support whilst challenging you to become a confident and truly effective classroom teacher. In addition, a lead mentor from Chadsgrove will visit you during each placement. You will not be expected to teach classes unsupported until you and the school know that you are ready to. 

Working with the University of Birmingham 

We have a long standing relationship with the School of Education at the University through a range of professional groups and committees. We have been delivering School Direct as a Lead School since 2014, having collaborated in designing the course structure, and we continue to work closely with our University colleagues to monitor and refine the course design. 

Contact Details 

School Direct Primary with SEND Programme Coordinator:  Iain Chatwin


Telephone: 01527 871321

Elston Hall and St Bartholomew’s National Teaching School Alliance, WV10 6NN

  • Primary School Direct, PGCE (UCAS 39KP)


Bridget Highman

Endeavor Teaching School Alliance (Moor Green Primary Academy Hub, B13 8QP)

Primary School Direct, PGCE (UCAS E755) 

Partnership Schools

Our Alliance 

At the Endeavour Teaching School Alliance, we believe that all children have the right to an exceptional educational experience. We are at the heart of a self-improving, school-led system, designing and delivering bespoke training and support. 

We are a national partnership of schools, working strategically with schools to share and develop excellent teaching and leadership, which is rooted in evidence-based practice. We are committed to learning from each other and creating a sustainable impact on the quality of learning for all children. Our work focuses on the core strands of the Teaching School remit, which is to develop: 

  • School based Initial Teacher Training 
  • Continuing Professional Learning and Development for teachers and leaders 
  • School to school support, including the deployment of Specialist Leaders of Education   

We work with a range of schools and delivery partners, recognising the importance of identifying and sharing best practice across a range of schools and systems.  

Our Vision 

We believe that all children have the right to an exceptional educational experience. We strive to work together to continually develop teachers and leaders to fulfil this mission. 

REAch2 Academy Trust 

Our schools are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust. Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. We are a growing charitable organisation currently supporting circa 60 primary academies across England.  

The Cornerstone of REAch2 is a solid, unshakeable foundation, defined by exceptional teaching experiences and shared Touchstone values of learning, leadership, enjoyment, inclusion, inspiration, responsibility and integrity.  

Contact Details 

Hub Leader for Initial Teacher Training – Palminder Bahia


Moor Green Lane
B13 8QP
Tel: 0121 464 5662

Hales Valley Teaching School (Lutley Primary School, B63 1BU)

  • Primary School Direct, PGCE (UCAS 2C3Q)
  • General Primary with Early Year specialism, PGCE (UCAS 2PXB)

Our school based training days are typically based at Hales Valley Teaching Hub C/O Lutley Primary School. 

Partnership Schools

Partnership’s ethos

We have a passion for high quality teacher training based in practice through collaboration, support and excellence. 

What makes our School Direct Partnership special?

Schools in the partnership all have the same ethos and work hard to provide trainees with the very best experiences and opportunities to develop. 

Why train to teach in our School Direct partnership?

  • 100% employment rate over the last 4 years.
  • 2017 – 2018 67% of our trainees were employed in our partnership schools.
  • High level of support and communication for our trainees.
  • High quality of teaching and learning across the partnership for trainees to learn from and access.
  • We train you, we gain you, we sustain you with a robust NQT and RQT programme providing continuous professional development throughout your first few years of teaching. 

How does our School Direct partnership support students as they train?

We place you with good to outstanding teachers within our experienced partnership school. You have a supported by a strong network of highly skills practitioners who are in regular contact with you and your school. Hales Valley Mentors support you throughout all your school placements. We provide you with high quality training sessions and school experience enabling you to become a highly effective primary school teacher.   

How does the School Direct partnership work with the University of Birmingham?

Having worked with Birmingham University since 2014, we have established highly effective relationships and our proud of the outstanding levels of communication we maintain with University staff. We work collaboratively with the University throughout the year to ensure the school direct course content is appropriate for each changing cohort. 

Children in Hales Valley Teaching School

Contact details

Assistant Headteacher for Initial Teacher Training – Hannah Pickles


Hales Valley Teaching Hub
C/O Lutley Primary School
Brookwillow Road
West Midlands

Tel: 01384 818220

Lordswood Girls' School and Sixth Form Centre B17 8QB

Secondary School Direct, PGDipEd

  • Biology (UCAS 3C8D)
  • Chemistry (UCAS 3C8B)
  • History (UCAS 3C87)
  • Physics (UCAS 3C85)
  • Religious Education (UCAS 3BX4)

Charis Hart

Manor Primary School, WV14 9UQ

  • Child in Manor Primary SchoolPrimary School Direct, PGCE (UCAS 35V2)
  • Primary School Direct, PGCE (Salaried) (UCAS 3F98)

Train to become a teacher in a vibrant, stimulating school where pupils flourish personally, socially and academically and consistently achieve the very highest of standards nationally.

Learn and work alongside leaders who nurture, support, and coach and empower all staff to be exceptional practitioners.

Train in a school where outstanding teaching is a result of highly skilled and reflective teachers and teaching assistants who are dedicated and committed to ensuring pupils receive the highest quality and standards of educational experience

As a Teaching School we have a proven track record of training the next generation of teachers, with 100% of students completing their PGCE with us gaining employment at the end of their programme.

Partnership Schools

Our schools will be carefully selected from our wider partnership within the Wolverhampton and Black Country region. 

Why train to teach in your SD partnership?

Manor Teaching School has an excellent track record of working with other schools to train the next generation of outstanding teachers.  We are all totally committed to delivering on this National priority area.  We offer:

  • A successful track record of student achieving QTS
  • An employment record well above the National success rate
  • A partnership with The University of Birmingham – an outstanding provider of ITT
  • Opportunities for a variety of placements in incredible schools
  • Support and Mentoring from talented individuals who care passionately about providing an exceptional education for all children.

Trainee working in Manor Primary SchoolHow does your SD partnership support students as they train?

On our School Direct teacher training programme, you’ll be given in-depth experience in the classroom. You will complete a main placement in a Key Stage of your choice and a second placement in a contrasting school and Key Stage. You will also have the opportunity to complete enhanced placements e.g. SEN, Early Years.

In addition, away from the classroom, you will receive practical training sessions from SLEs, experienced teachers and the team at Manor Teaching School. The University of Birmingham will also lead sessions to support your academic development.

We are looking to recruit ambitious graduates who can demonstrate potential and show strong commitment.  Our School Direct Programme is for individuals who are willing to work hard and are passionate about training to teach. 

How does the SD partnership work with the University of Birmingham?

Manor works in partnership to train students taking a range of routes into teaching. We provide best practice visits for ICT and mathematics. We have worked collaboratively to create the school direct programme. We are proud of our long standing partnership and have recruited to our board of directors a member of the University's primary team. 

Contact details

Manor Primary School,
Ettingshall Road,
WestMidlands. WV149UQ 

Anita Cliff

Tel: 014902 556460

Prince Albert Junior and Infant School, B6 6AJ

Primary School Direct (UCAS 39MY)

This is a School Direct PGDipEd Initial Teacher Training course which is run by the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) in partnership with the University of Birmingham. Our School Direct route allows you to train and gain experience at a range of schools within The Trust, each unique but all underpinned by The Trust core values.  Our group of schools are:

  • Prince Albert JI School - Albert Road, Aston, B6 5NH (Our lead school)
  • Heathfield Primary School - Heathfield Road, Handsworth, B19 1HJ
  • Highfield Junior and Infant School - Highfield Road, Saltly, B8 3QF
  • Birchfield Primary School - Trinity Road, Aston, B6 6AJ
  • Sutton Park Primary School – Coppice View Rd, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6JE

What does the course look like?

This year long, full-time course will train you to teach primary aged pupils. 

This course combines school based learning alongside established teachers coordinated by the ‘Lead School’ with lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the University. It is a demanding course in which you will be required to produce high quality written assignments alongside your teaching practice.  

What will I be trained in?

You will be trained on curriculum content and pedagogy for your chosen age group as well as a wide range of whole school issues including assessment, supporting children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), behaviour management and working with pupils who have English as an Additional Language ( EAL). 

What support will I receive?

PACT is fully committed to providing world class support and development for all its staff at all levels. As a Schools Direct student, you will be provided with all the support you need from both your school-based and university mentors: Your well -being, progress and success is at the heart of our core purpose.  You will be involved in regular development sessions in which personalised and developmental targets will be agreed and monitored to ensure you make the required progress throughout the year. You will also be able to participate in our whole school CPD programme and have access to a wide range of staff who are specialists in their field.  

So, if you are highly motivated, have a personal commitment to teaching and shaping the lives of young people, come and start your career with us.


Vivienne Smith

St Paul's Caritas Christi, B16 9SL

Primary School Direct, PGDipEd (UCAS E616)

Secondary School Direct, PGDipEd

  • Biology (UCAS 3CWZ)
  • Chemistry (UCAS 3CWY)
  • English (UCAS 3CWX)
  • Geography (UCAS 3CWW)
  • History (UCAS 3CX2)
  • Mathematics (UCAS 3CX4)
  • Modern Languages - French (UCAS E818)
  • Modern Languages - Spanish (UCAS E223)
  • Physics (UCAS 3CX5)
  • Religious Education (UCAS AT22)


Lizzie Brooks

Victoria Academies Trust, B66 3HH

Male teacher and female pupil standing at a desk in a classroom at Victoria Academies TrustPrimary School Direct, PGDipEd (UCAS AH05)

Victoria Academies Trust has a range of schools across the Midlands to suit the candidate's location where possible:

  • Victoria Park Primary Academy (Smethwick)
  • Devonshire Infant Academy (Smethwick)
  • Devonshire Junior Academy (Smethwick)
  • Northfield Manor Primary Academy (Northfield)
  • Fibbersley Park Academy (Willenhall)
  • Foley Park Primary Academy (Kidderminster)
  • Birchen Coppice Primary Academy (Kidderminster)
  • Rowley Park Primary Academy (Stafford)
  • Poppyfield Primary Academy (Cannock)

Partnership Ethos

As a values-led Trust, our purpose is to make all our people become the best they can be. We are committed to training teachers of the future through high-quality and supportive training experiences across our family of schools.

What makes our School Direct partnership stand out?

By training with Victoria Academies Trust you will become part of a vibrant family of innovative schools that share the same values, purpose and approach to learning. 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. With this goal in mind, 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.

Why train with our School Direct Partnership?

      • We have been involved in initial teacher training since 2015; 100% of the students that have trained with us have found employment as teachers.
      • Train amongst and learn from outstanding practitioners who are committed to developing creative, passionate and knowledgeable teachers.
      • Train in a Trust that has shared values and approaches to learning but with schools that are unique and offer different training experiences.
      • Be supported throughout your training by skilled mentors who provide individualised support on a day to day basis.
      • Have the opportunity to begin your teaching career within our Trust. We seek to retain our successful student teachers and provide continuous professional development for teachers we employ as NQTs and beyond.

Support for students during training

You will train alongside outstanding practitioners who are committed to developing creative, innovative, passionate and knowledgeable teachers. All trainees are assigned mentors during their school-based placements, who provide individualised support on a day to day basis. You will also have the opportunity to network as a group of students during twilight sessions aimed to develop your skills and practice further in a supportive, peer-to-peer environment.

Contact details

Lousie Fowler:

Windsor Academy Trust, B63 3HY

Primary School Direct, PGDipEd (UCAS 3DK4)

Secondary School Direct, PGDipEd

  • Biology (UCAS 3DKD)
  • Chemistry (UCAS 3DKF)
  • English (UCAS 3DK8)
  • Geography (UCAS 3DKL)
  • History (UCAS 3DKN)
  • Mathematics (UCAS 3DKB)
  • Modern Languages (UCAS 3DKJ)
  • Physics (UCAS 3DKH)
  • Religious Education (UCAS K029)


Chris Wallbank 

Wood Green ITT Alliance (Wood Green Academy), WS10 9QU

Secondary non salaried

  • Biology, PGDipEd (UCAS N454)
  • Geography, PGDipEd (UCAS W931)
  • History, PGDipEd (UCAS J237)
  • Mathematics, PGDipEd (UCAS Y259)

Secondary salaried

  • Physics, PGDipEd (UCAS K342)

This is a School Direct PGDipEd Initial Teacher Training course which is run by the Wood Green ITT Alliance in partnership with the University of Birmingham and Queen Mary's Grammar School. Our School Direct route allows you to apply directly for your preferred training schools; for this particular course the schools are Wood Green Academy and Queen Mary's Grammar School.

This year long, full-time course will train you to teach secondary school pupils aged 11-18. (120 days in school; 50 days approx at university). The course is split into two placement phases. Placement 1 - 9 weeks and placement 2 - 16 weeks.

You will be trained as a subject specialist in a specific curriculum area but an essential part of the course is a whole school issues programme which addresses such aspects as Special Educational Needs, behaviour management, working with pupils who have English as an Additional Language and of course, the professional standards that trainees must meet in order to gain QTS. This programme has been developed to include a mixture of university and school-based sessions, delivered by both academic tutors and practising teaching staff.

This is a demanding course during which you will be required to produced highly academic essays and research projects for the University of Birmingham alongside your teaching practice. However, our Alliance is committed to providing you with all the support you need from both your school-based and university mentors. Your progress and well-being will be at the heart of everything we do. Supportive target setting and action planning at regular intervals will keep you on track to achieving an outstanding outcome. You will also take part in an extensive whole school CPD programme and be encouraged to reflect upon your own professional learning needs. So, if you are enthusiastic and have a personal commitment to teaching, you will not find a better place to begin your career.

Our 2018-19 cohort of School Direct trainees all qualified and gained QTS with good or outstanding grades. All of those who wanted to start their NQT year straight away found employment. 


Mrs Sylvaine Valmalette-Wright (Assistant Headteacher)

Miss Rachel Johnson (Wood Green ITT Alliance administrator)

Woodrush Training Consortium, B47 5JW

School Direct Primary, PGCE (UCAS 2JZF)

Location of partnership schools

We have a range of schools across the Midlands to suit the candidate's location, from North to South Birmingham to Stourbridge to Worcester. We try to place you at a local school where possible with your main placement being within 30 minutes by car. Placements will be discussed at interview.  

Beaconside Primary and Nursery School
Hazel Road, Rubery, Birmingham, B45 9DX

Fairfield First School
Stourbridge Road, Fairfield, Bromsgrove, B61 9LZ

Hollywood Primary School
Pickenham Road, Hollywood, Birmingham, B14 4TG

Holywell Primary and Nursery School
School Road, Rubery, Birmingham B45 9EY

Lickey Hills Primary School
Old Birmingham Road, Lickey, Worcestershire, B45 8EU

Meadow Green Primary School
Meadow Road, Wythall, B47 6EQ

St Andrews First School
Hewell Road, Barnt Green, Birmingham, B45 8NG

The Coppice Primary School
Shawhurst Lane, Wythall, B47 5JN

What is your School Direct partnership ethos?

Fostering excellence through teacher training and lifelong learning for all staff within our schools.

This is the start of the pupil’s journey in education, could it also be the start of yours.

What makes your School Direct partnership special?

We pride ourselves in offering a very personalised and welcoming service. From the start with; support with your application, finding school experience and tuition with the skills tests if required. Throughout your training year you will be part of our family of schools, seeing familiar faces throughout. Our mentors are highly committed and love what they do. Come and join the Woodrush TSA family! 

How does your School Direct partnership support students as they train?

Every trainee will have a dedicated and committed school-based mentor who is not only a skilled practioner but will meet with you weekly to check progress and help you set targets. You will also have a Lead mentor who will be a familiar face from interview to the day you pass your training year! 

How does the School Direct partnership work with the University of Birmingham 

We have a long standing relationship with UoB, training teachers with them for over 25 years. Many of our staff trained there including our ITT lead practioner Sam Bullivant and our Headteacher Natasha Rancins. We have staff who have completed the MA with UoB and both our ITT Lead and HT are part of the university's steering committee and HT strategy groups. 

Contact details

Samantha Bullivant