King Edward's Consortium (School Direct)
English (2BF8)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
King Edward's Consortium
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The King Edward’s Consortium is rated the no.1 SCITT in the country in The Good Teacher Training Guide, 2017.

The Consortium is also rated Outstanding by Ofsted (2012) and we have a 100% employment rate.

This school-based training course is full-time. Trainees spend one morning a week (Tuesday) at our training centre in Kings Heath and the other four- and-a-half working days in school. School Direct (salaried) trainees will be expected to teach up to a maximum of 12 hours per week. This is approximately 50% of a full-time, qualified teacher's timetable. At the discretion of the employing headteacher, some of this teaching may be supernumerary.

How is the course structured?

  • Induction. All KEC trainees attend our two-day central induction programme and spend one or more days in their employing school during the July before they join us. This allows trainees to meet their peers, begin to engage with some key issues in teaching and familiarise themselves with the school department in which they will be based for the year;

  • Subject and Professional Trainers on each placement. All trainees have weekly one-to-one tutorials with a subject specialist and regular meetings with their Professional Trainer to review progress against the Teachers’ Standards;

  • A school-based Professional Studies programme;

  • A central programme of Professional Studies on Tuesdays throughout the year at our high-quality Training Centre in Kings Heath. All trainees are released by their schools to attend the morning session;

  • Four sessions to support QTS-only assignment writing on Tuesday afternoons;

  • Subject development days led by the KEC Subject Leader team;

  • An individual training plan built around your needs;

  • A carefully-selected second placement experience which complements your experience in your main school;

  • Visits to you in school by the Director of ITT and by your KEC Subject Leader;

  • Access to our central library and resources and loan of core texts for all trainees;

  • Extensive support with job applications and interviews;

  • Support from a very close-knit ‘family’ of fellow trainees and trainers across our schools. This lasts many trainees well-beyond the training year and supports them as they take up teaching posts and progress in their careers.

Interview process

Successful applicants will be invited to a selection day at the King Edward's Consortium Training Centre.

Candidates sit paper-based tests in numeracy and literacy and answer written questions relating to their chosen teaching subject. The subject questions are sufficiently broad and general to allow all candidates with a background in the subject to tackle them with confidence. Candidates are advised to look at GCSE and A Level specifications in their subject to familiarise themselves with the aspects of the subject normally studied in secondary schools.

Candidates then have an interview with the Director of Initial Teacher Training.

Original certificates, proof of identity and proof of right to work/study must be brought to interview.

As prospective employees, School Direct (salaried) applicants who are successful at KEC interview will then be recommended for a second interview which is school-based.  Please take into account our two-stage process for School Direct (salaried) trainees when applying and be ready to set aside two days if called to interview.

The second stage of the interview takes place in the employing KEC school.  This interview day includes: 

  • a short lesson planned and delivered by the applicant to a small group of pupils (information about this activity will be provided by the school in advance of interview day);
  • a professional interview with a senior member of staff and a subject specialist.

How school placements work

The King Edward's Consortium is a partnership of 23 excellent, and very varied, secondary schools in the Birmingham and Solihull areas. The mixture of comprehensive, selective, mixed, single-sex, 11-16 and 11-18 schools in the partnership is a key strength.

School Direct (salaried) trainees' contracts run from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.

Trainees spend Tuesdays at the Consortium's training centre and the other four- and-a-half working days in school.

In addition to teaching in their employing school, School Direct (salaried) trainees will undertake a second placement for five weeks at the beginning of the spring term.

All trainees have the opportunity to teach A Level (or equivalent) in at least one placement school. The Director also aims to give trainees a contrasting pair of placements across our very varied partnership of schools.

Whilst we make every effort to take into account trainees' travel arrangements, we advise trainees not to live too far away from the Birmingham area. Please check our website for details of the specific schools offering School Direct (salaried) vacancies.


Trainees are employees of their school for the year and are usually paid at point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay scale (currently £17,208).

There are no fees on this route and trainees are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



A standard equivalent to grade 4 or above (e.g. grade C or above) at GCSE in English language and mathematics (or overseas equivalent);

A degree (2.2 or above) of a United Kingdom higher education institution (or overseas equivalent), at least 50% of which should be directly related to your chosen teaching subject. If your degree is not a good match with your chosen teaching subject you will need evidence of significant work experience in a relevant field.

Personal qualities

The King Edward's Consortium seeks to recruit applicants who:

  • have a passion for their subject;
  • are able to work effectively with young people;
  • are confident, motivated and well-organised;
  • can work constructively with other people in a team;
  • are self-aware and open to learning;
  • are able to communicate in accurate, confident written and spoken Standard English;
  • reveal insights into teaching and learning;
  • express a long-term commitment to teaching as a career;
  • wish to take up teaching employment in England at the end of the programme.

Other requirements

All King Edward's Consortium schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all trainee teachers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Successful applicants will also be required to take a health check to confirm their fitness to teach.

Satisfactory references.

Preference for salaried places is usually given to applicants with three years of work experience (which could be research) relevant to their teaching subject.

About the training provider

Become a teacher, change lives with the King Edward’s Consortium. We care about the people we train and have high aspirations for them all.

The King Edward’s Consortium is an outstanding (Ofsted, 2012) school-centred initial teacher training provider (SCITT) in Birmingham. Established in 2004, we are a partnership of 23 excellent, and very varied, secondary schools. The mixture of comprehensive, selective, mixed, single-sex, 11-16 and 11-18 schools in the partnership is a key strength.

The Consortium is rated the no.1 SCITT in the country in The Good Teacher Training Guide, 2017. We also have a 100% employment rate.

We offer a School Direct (salaried) English route.

We also offer secondary fee-paying routes in the following subjects: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek), Computer Science, Drama, English, Geography, History, Languages (French, German, Spanish), Mathematics, Music, Physics and Religious Education.

Fee-paying trainees work towards a PGDE (PGDipEd (QTS)) which carries 120 M Level credits and can later be converted to an MA in Teaching Studies. Accredited by the University of Birmingham, the PGDE is taught in-house by Consortium staff who are also Recognised Lecturers of the University. As well as providing our trainees with a stimulating and challenging programme of study, this represents excellent value for money.

Find out more on our website.

We also know how important it is to have the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face. To meet the team and former trainees register here. To register for school experience click here.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applicants with special educational needs and/or disabilities. So that our trainees can flourish, we make every effort to provide reasonable adjustments at our training centre and in our schools.

Please make us aware of your needs/access requirements via your UCASTT application.

You may also be able to access funding such as the disabled students' allowance. For more information click here.

Contact details

(0121) 441 6680
KEVI Camp Hill Girls' School
Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
B14 7QJ


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