Our Teaching School Alliance is led by two outstanding schools, which are designated National Teaching Schools: Arrow Vale RSA Academy in Redditch and Holyhead School in Birmingham. We also work in partnership with the RSA, and with secondary and primary schools across the region, driving forward action research projects, undertaking innovations in teaching and optimising the talents and commitment of our staff to develop creative ways of providing education. We try where possible to ensure links to the RSA are interleaved into your training programme.
The training programmes start with your school experience and will comprise of two contrasting teaching experiences over the course of the year, this will ensure you have access to a range of teaching strategies. All trainees will also attend subject and professional studies sessions which are spread throughout the year, these are delivered within an RSA School or at BCU campus. The programme combines both academic based assignments and the practical teaching experience. The assignments range from professional studies to subject specific and trainees are able to submit at master’s level. You will complete three assignments throughout the year. The last assignment is a research project and we have employed a specialist to deliver the Design Thinking Module to support completion of this project, this is unique to RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance. 100% of secondary trainees successfully passed with QTS. We offer multi-tiered levels of support to guarantee that our trainees make exceptional progress throughout their training and beyond, also ensuring trainees have access to a wide network of support.
School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which enables you to experience the life of a ‘real’ teacher as you will be based in school from the very start of your training. We are working in partnership with Birmingham City University (BCU), and on successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to obtain additional Masters’ credits.
Unlike other Teaching Alliances, we are led by two outstanding schools each of which are located in different areas within the West Midlands, within the family of schools, we can offer training in Birmingham, Dudley, Coventry, Redditch (South Birmingham). Our training facilities in each of our schools are leading edge and comprehensive to ensure all training needs are met. We also offer specialist training through the large variety of specialisms across, not only our lead schools, but also our strategic partners. During your training year, you will undertake two high quality school placements across our Teaching School Alliance.
You will have the opportunity of teaching all age ranges, including Post 16 and have access to teach a second subject to broaden your teaching knowledge and skills - this could be solo teaching or team teaching. You will spend a majority of your training in your host school, Sep - July. You will also undertake a second placement between Jan - Feb for a duration of 6 weeks. During this time you will also undertake a day in a Primary School setting. Our programme ensures you experience all key stages and have the opportunity to develop subject knowledge in a second subject.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
A degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. A 2:1 is desirable but not essential; we will consider a lower class degree. For overseas applicants a 2:2 or equivalent. We consider each application individually. Secondary candidates should note that subject knowledge is judged on a case by case basis; however salaried applicants must demonstrate a good understanding of their subject.
*All entrants have a standard equivalent to a grade C in English, mathematics and science (Primary) or accepted equivalents
*All entrants hold suitable qualifications, in their subject area, or demonstrate capacity to complete a subject enhancement course
We are looking for people who have the right personal qualities and potential to be a passionate and committed teacher to improve the outcomes for the young people we work with. While extensive experience of working with young people is not essential, it is often found that the strongest applicants are those who have shown an interest in working with young people.
We are looking for :
Excellent communication and organisational skills
Commitment to working hard
Ability to establish good working relationships
Confidence and ability to engage with children
Commitment to a professional team
Commitment to excellence in education
All entrants have provided suitable references, and have been subject to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
All applicants should have classroom experience.
For applicants that have studied outside the United Kingdom must check their qualifications with NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) before making an application to confirm that their qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and undergraduate degrees - 2:2 or equivalent.
Must be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written Standard English.
Salaried Trainees are paid at Unqualified Point 1
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Teach Central, formerly RSA Academies’ and Birmingham City University are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching. We provide trainee teachers with the opportunities they need to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning who will motivate and engage all learners, thus producing highly skilled graduate teachers who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning,
You will enjoy a bespoke programme of training, our programmes are designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge as well as providing you with the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.
We strongly believe in school-led training because we can support you to become the very best practitioners, and in turn transform students’ outcomes through challenging and stimulating teaching. We provide one-to-one support and access to a comprehensive and tailored CPD package, which will ensure you are fully supported during your training year and for your professional development.
Working within our schools, brings endless opportunities and brings unique benefits. There is strong encouragement and support for teachers as researchers, who are encouraged to try out new things and share their findings.
We are led by good and outstanding schools and can offer training in Birmingham, Dudley, Redditch (South Birmingham) Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Our training facilities in each of our schools are leading edge and comprehensive to ensure all training needs are met.
The RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance and BCU will check all applications. Those applicants meeting the entry criteria will be shortlisted and invited for interview which will involve:
A range of tests and activities to test suitability for teaching
A formal interview which will consist of a three person panel asking a series of questions, covering a variety of topics
A short interaction with students. This will include a teaching element of up to 30 minutes
A 30 minute written task. Applicants will be given material to study relating to the task before the interview
Once all applicants have been interviewed, the Director of ITT and representatives from the TSA will meet to discuss the outcome of the interviews, and begin to match up potentially successful applicants the allocations available.
Once a list of selected applicants have been finalised, a provisional offer will be made in writing. This offer is provisional until several checks and agreements have been made.
References (if not already done)
Physical & mental fitness to teach
Verification of qualifications (if not already done)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We provide one-to-one support and access to a comprehensive and tailored CPD package, which will ensure you are fully supported during your training year and for your professional development.
Teach Central support equal opportunities in recruitment of our trainees.
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