Apply for School Direct
Applications for Bishop Challoner TSA School Direct programmes - provider code 1K2 - can be submitted through UCAS or the new DfE Apply system - for training starting in September 2021.
Please note: interviews will be held online until further notice.
We are partnered with Birmingham City University and the University of Warwick for all secondary subjects and primary programmes. We are also partnered with Newman University for the Primary PE Specialism programme.
The provider code for Bishop Challoner TSA is 1K2. Use this code to search for information about all of our courses –https://find-postgraduate-teacher-training.education.gov.uk. For advice and guidance about how to apply go to https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply-for-teacher-training/applying-through-ucas-teacher-training. You will be able to apply for teacher training through UCAS or the new DfE 'Apply for Teacher Training' system. You will be able to find information about programmes from 6th October, with applications being taken from 13th October 2020.
The School Direct Teacher Training programme is a one year school-based route into teaching leading to QTS and PGCE. Every year we have large cohorts of around 70 School Direct trainees (primary and secondary) in schools across our Alliance. In 2021/22 we have 100 places available.
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There are two School Direct routes into teaching. The School Direct Training Programme is open to graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary. The School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with 3 or more years’ work experience, not necessarily in education. You earn a salary while you train. This is at least point 1 on the Unqualified Teacher payscale, currently £18,169, and the school will pay your tuition fees.
Birmingham City University: Primary General (3-7; 5-11), Primary with Mathematics, Primary with PE specialism, Primary with SEND. A limited number of Salaried primary places are available. A part-time 2 year Primary programme is available - contact us to find out more. Secondary (Training and Salaried) - Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Mathematics, MFL, Music, PE, Physics, Psychology and RE.
The University of Warwick: Primary General (5-11) - training and salaried routes. Secondary (Training and Salaried) - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, MFL, Music, PE, Physics, RE.
Newman University: Primary with PE Specialism.
Why Train to Teach with BCTSA?
Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSA) consists of over 60 schools, including 28 primaries schools, mainly located across the Birmingham area but also in other areas of the West Midlands. We also work with hundreds of other schools in the West Midlands in various ways, through our professional development training programmes (from NQT to headship and beyond) and through our work as the lead school for the Central Maths Hub, the West Midlands Central Science Learning Partnership, the Birmingham and Central Midlands Computing Hub as well as being an EdTech Demonstrator School in partnership with St Alban's Catholic Primary School.
As we are such a large Teaching School Alliance, with a wide variety of types of schools, all with a strong track record of training teachers, we can offer a large number of subjects and primary places. Every year we have a large number of trainees, who successfully pass the programme with Good or Outstanding grades.
Having a large Alliance also means that the majority of trainees are employed in an Alliance school after completing their training year. Over the last few years we have had a 100% employment record after the training year.
There are experienced mentors in Alliance schools who will support you throughout your training year. All mentors undertake training for their role every year with the University and with the TSA. The TSA has an ITT Support Team, which consists of experienced professional/lead mentors from Alliance Schools. Members of the team visit schools/trainees at least 3 times a year.
To teach within our Alliance means that you will have a unique opportunity of an individualised leadership development programme throughout your career, from trainee to senior leadership and beyond. We run an NQT Development Programme, a range of courses for recently qualified teachers, Subject Specialist training, Middle and Senior Leadership Programmes. BCTSA schools work in partnership on a range of research and development projects and staff also have opportunities to undertake developmental projects on various aspects of Teaching School work.
Come and train to teach with us to Inspire : Teach : Excel.
If you are a school that is interested in taking a School Direct trainee please contact: