Students on School Direct primary routes at schools partnered with the University of Birmingham will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master’s level.
As part of the programme, students will spend around 26 timetabled days within the academic year at university. The remaining time during the academic year will be within the schools of the Elston Hall Learning Trust or St Bartholomew’s Multi Academy Trust .
Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies.
There are five placement schools within the Elston Hall Learning Trust and seven placement schools within the St Bartholomew’s Multi Academy Trust.
As the placements will be across the two Trusts, students will have the opportunity to be placed any of these schools for their teacher training placements.
Candidates will teach pupils across the 5-11 age range and students will be based according to their suitability for the school/year group.
Across the year, we will endeavor to ensure students experience schools of varying sizes/profiles and different year groups/Key Stages.
It is the candidates responsibility to travel to each school and to the University when required.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in science.
We will only consider candidates with pending GCSE Science. Candidates must have Maths GCSE and English GCSE when they apply.
We are looking for candidates with motivation, enthusiasm and a clear rationale for teaching. It is important that students are committed to teaching as a long-term career, and also hold the relevant academic profile and intellectual capacity. We would like candidates to have a strong subject knowledge, relevant school experience, and be responsible, open-minded and show a professional level of maturity. An awareness of contemporary educational issues would be an advantage. Effective spoken and written Standard English, having equal opportunities awareness and possessing appropriate ethics and values are also of prime importance.
Before taking up a place, all applicants must complete an enhanced Disability and Barring Service check, agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practice and complete relevant checks to ensure they have the health and physical capacity to teach.
Experience in a primary school is recommended.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Elston Hall Learning Trust and St Bartholomew’s Multi Academy Trust offers trainee teachers the unique opportunity to work and learn at exciting and innovative primary schools. All our schools share a common ethos and approach to pedagogy, ensuring that pupils become confident lead learners, achieving the highest standards possible.
Our schools from within both Trusts have a proven track record of working in partnership with local universities and other outside agencies. We are passionate about growing future leaders and believe that School Direct and Teaching Apprenticeship routes offer an unrivalled opportunity for trainees to learn and develop in our vibrant schools.
By working within the Trusts, trainees will experience a range of contrasting challenges that will make them highly marketable in the current job market.
Your school will provide you with a fully qualified mentor and CPD in school which will complement the training received at Wolverhampton University and Birmingham City University.
Our excellent partnerships with the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham City University mean that students will receive high-quality hands-on support from day one. This will continue as you take up your first appointment as an Early Career Teacher (ECT) and throughout your career.
Applicants should apply through UCAS and the application will firstly be considered by the university.
If a candidate passes this stage, they will then be invited to interview. This is likely to be held at one of the schools within the Elston Hall Learning Trust or St Bartholomew’s Multi Academy Trust.
The interview process is likely to include a formal interview, a mathematics and English test, and may also include a school based task.
The interview panel will then make a recommendation to the University surrounding an offer.
All offers will be made via UCAS.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
Elston Hall Learning Trust and St Bartholomew’s Multi Academy Trust supports an inclusive vision. Where needed, we will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and employees. We want to make sure that all our students get the most from training with us. By telling tell us about your disability as early as possible, we can identify any support that you may need.
Elston Hall Primary School Stafford Road, Fordhouses Wolverhampton West Midlands WV10 6NN
Support and advice
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