Our Routes into Teaching
The Arthur Terry National Teaching School will allow successful trainees to achieve a PGCE and Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) through either the Primary or Secondary route.
Successful applicants will have access to Teaching Experiences at schools with the Teaching School Alliance, located across the West Midlands. The Teaching Experiences will place the trainees working alongside outstanding classroom practitioners.
Trainees will be able to follow our PGCE route as validated by Birmingham City University and will achieve 60 Masters level credits.
School Direct and SCITT courses are a more school-led route that allows schools to collaborate closely with Higher Education Institutions to recruit and select the trainees, help design the programme and identify placement schools.
Courses on offer
- Secondary Education PGCE in collaboration with Birmingham City University (11-16)
Subjects available are Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Drama, Geography, History, Religious Education, Modern Languages (French & Spanish), Physical Education, English, Music, Design and Technology, Art and Design and Computer Science.
- School Direct (Salaried) in Mathematics, Physics, English and Computer Science
For more information on School Direct visit UCAS Teacher Training
The aims of the programme are to:
Produce highly skilled graduate teachers who:
- are resilient
- are committed to an ‘open classroom’ ethos where best practice is developed through observing, collaboration and a commitment to ongoing professional development
- have a deep level of understanding of teaching and learning
- demonstrate a passion for their subject and working with young people
- exhibit professionalism in the workplace allowing reasoned judgement to be made in varying situations
This will be achieved through:
- increasing the amount of time a trainee spends in the classroom
- a focus on core teaching skills including reading, mathematics and managing behaviour
- working with outstanding practitioner on a day to day basis
- having access to outstanding departments in outstanding schools
On the 38 week programme trainees time is divided between Teaching Experiences and structured training sessions looking at subject delivery and wider professional issues. Teaching experiences will take place in at least three schools across the Teaching School Alliance. During the course trainees will be supported by their school-based practitioner.
Trainees will be assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the Teaching Experiences and five assignments that focus on key areas of Teaching and Learning.
Applying for School Direct
The next round of applications will be open from the start of October until the following August.
If invited for an interview you will be expected to provide evidence of your qualifications and information about past experiences and education.
We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people. The academic requirements set out by the Department for Education to enter the profession are;
- At least a grade C/Grade 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics.
- An undergraduate degree (at least a 2.2) preferably in the chosen subject route or a commitment to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course in shortage subjects.