We offer a school-based, full-time training programme lasting 37 weeks, leading to QTS and a PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) with 120 Master’s credits. Accredited by the University of Birmingham, the PGDE is taught in-house at our training centre in Kings Heath by Consortium staff who are Recognised Lecturers of the University.
Trainees spend one day each week at our training centre and the remaining four working days each week in school. They follow a carefully-crafted, gradual introduction to teaching, working alongside experienced teachers, leading to teaching the equivalent of 50% of a full-time, qualified teacher’s timetable.
We enjoy an excellent reputation for academic rigour and quality of training, with a longstanding history of 100% employment for our graduates. The KEC programme is a personalised experience, designed to prepare trainees for exceptional classroom practice and school leadership.
Our programme features:
a comprehensive induction process for all trainees comprising a two-day central programme, plus one or more days in their main school prior to the start of the school year in September;
contrasting placements in two schools, carefully chosen from our diverse consortium of 23 school partners to suit trainees’ living and transport arrangements;
in-school support from expert professionals, including ongoing dialogue and weekly tutorials with a subject specialist to develop expertise and confidence in core teaching skills such as cognitive science, management of behaviour and subject knowledge;
guidance from senior members of staff in schools to review progress and to address wider professional development and whole school issues;
an ambitious weekly programme of Professional Studies delivered at the KEC training centre in Kings Heath, where you will be supported by our Academic Tutor, the Director of ITT, visiting speakers and experts;
guided exploration and critical evaluation of pedagogical theory, curriculum and academic literature, complemented by tutorials and library sessions to inform and support assignment writing;
subject development led by a team of accomplished subject practitioners who offer personalised support and guidance for classroom teaching and assignment writing, during tailor-made subject development sessions;
access to our central library and resources, with the loan of all core texts, along with access to library facilities at the University of Birmingham for PGDE trainees;
in-house support with job applications and interviews, plus guidance, coaching and mentoring from our close-knit family of colleagues across our schools, many of whom are former KEC trainees.