Greenholm Primary School
Primary (2YR4)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Services for Education
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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


About the course

We offer excellent practical teaching experience under the guidance of highly skilled and dedicated professionals. We offer personalised training to develop teaching skills within a wide range of settings. We work in close association with Services for Education (SFE) so all students are supported with academic studies, career guidance and pastoral care. Trainees will be placed with a well-qualified teacher and trained about all aspects of primary teaching and learning. They develop their knowledge and understanding of teacher standards, pedagogy and how primary pupils learn. Trainees are observed regularly by highly qualified teachers who give personalised targets which develop trainee’s knowledge and understanding. Most training will happen at the main school allocated but trainees will visit other venues during the training.During the training year, the focus is on getting trainees classroom ready. The centre based programme is complimented with the school based support from highly qualified teachers. The content of the course includes but not limited to: Numeracy, Literacy and phonics, Science, behaviour management, Child development, Emotional literacy, PSHE, Fundamental British values, Physical Education, Vocal training, SEND, EAL, Humanities through theme based work, Art, Music and assessment and reporting both for personalising learning, but also to comply with statutory requirements. 70% of the course is spent in schools, learning from and with practitioners, leading learning and supporting pupil progress. The amount of time spent per week in school increases across the length of the programme, so the experience of teaching is as realistic as possible. Trainees are continual assessed across the year. The final outcome is a cumulative decision based on observations, evidence folders, centre based tasks which are assessed. The school mentor and SFE tutor agree an outcome to be approved by exam board before QTS is awarded. We have 14 partnership schools across the partnership in various locations in Birmingham. Our centre based training is delivered predominantly at our lead school Greenholm Primary We are a good programme (Ofsted grading), with excellent completion rates and 100% employability rates. We pride ourselves on our pastoral care, making sure that at any stage in the trainees development they are seen as an individual and support is available to them. We have a strong partnership with our training schools, and many of our trainees go on to work in the schools with many previous trainees now taking on significant managerial responsibility in our training schools.

Interview process

Candidates will be interviewed by a panel including headteachers from within the partnership and representatives from Services for Edication . There is one interview to attend and during the interview candidates will take part in a range of tasks including a presentation, writing task, curriculum task, classroom observation and possibly an interview by the school council.

How school placements work

All trainees do at least two placements in two different schools in two different phases. All placements are within the primary phase and trainees teach pupils between the ages of 4-11 years of age with a range of abilities and disabilities. Greenholm endeavours to support the needs of the trainee and the requirement of the primary school when allocating placements, we try to allocate schools close to trainee’s home address, for both the main placement and second placement, if it is possible. Our partnership of schools extends all across Birmingham with a wide range of primary schools.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £6,000
EU students £6,000

Please get in contact with Services for Education for further information.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Please get in contact with Services for Education for further information.



Minimum of Grade C GCSE in English, Maths, Science or equivalent Degree 2:2 or above from registered university. some experience in schools - voluntary or salaried literacy and skills tests passed prior to starting course.

Personal qualities

Candidates will : Have excellent speaking and written skills. Excellent numeracy and ICT skills. Be inspirational and aspirational. Work effectively in a team. Make decisions, problem-solve, have and show empathy. Be hardworking. Be dynamic. Be creative. Be flexible. Be enthusiastic. Listen well. Be determined to achieve and do the best for the pupils within the partnership Strive for excellence. Be caring. Be emotionally literate. Show leadership skills. Have a ‘can do’ attitude and be up for a challenge. Be someone who wants to give children in their care the best start to life that they can. Have some school experience

Other requirements

All trainees are DBS checked and will need to complete CDF form If they have been out of the country for more than 3 months, potential candidate needs to provide a certificate of good conduct from the embassy of the country they visited. It is beneficial if trainees have some experience either salaried or voluntary of working within a primary school.

About the training provider

Greenholm has an excellent reputation for training teachers and retaining them once qualified. We are a highly respected school which has an established history of training and producing excellent primary school teachers. Our unique program is personalised to the needs of all of our trainees. All trainees receive professional development which is appropriate to their needs and prepares them to work independently as successful NQTs by the end of their training. 100% of our trainee teachers leave us with a good or outstanding level in classroom practice with all employed in schools as qualified teachers. Added to this, teachers trained with Greenholm have an excellent start in their NQT year with 100% remaining in the teaching profession for at least 5 years and with many progressing to senior management and leadership positions. We work in close and effective collaboration with BCU and Services for Education with whom we have had long, successful and established relationships ensuring the training that all students receive is of a very high quality and supports them in becoming excellent teachers.
Feedback from our trainees state that 100% will highly recommend Greenholm to other trainees and the training received at Greenholm is outstanding. We guarantee an exceptional teacher training experience in our friendly and supportive schools. You learn on the job in at least two different schools, learning from experienced, dedicated and inspiring colleagues. You’ll be putting your new skills into practise from day one while you gain qualified teacher status.

About the accredited body

Services for Education works in close collaboration with Greenholm ensuring they provide an academic training program which enhances the outstanding in- house, practical training at Greenholm. 100% of trainee teachers working within this partnership leave with a good or outstanding level in classroom practice with 100% employed as NQTs by the end of the training. 100% of our teachers have remained in the teaching profession for at least 5 years after qualification with many in senior and leadership positions.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our outstanding mentors are highly qualified in supporting trainees with a range of needs. We have a unique, personalised training program, which is developed in line with the needs of the trainee. Trainees with dyslexia and mental health have recently qualified through our program at a good and outstanding level and have successfully been employed in both main stream and special schools. Greenholm and its partners has wheel chair access to most of its sites. Within the partnership there are schools which have a range of disability units which support the needs of a wide range of pupils. The close relationship we have with both BCU and Services for Education ensures we have access to a range of resources which can support the needs of all our trainees ensuring they succeed and become highly qualified NQTs. Trainees are supported throughout the program with their assignments and observations ensuring they get the best opportunity to succeed in becoming qualified teachers.

Contact details

0121 464 6321
Greenholm Primary School
Greenholm Road
Great Barr
B44 8HS


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