Chadsgrove Special School


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

Our special school placements are offered in:

and with autism bases 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

School Direct, University of Birmingham