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Apply for School Direct

Applications for Bishop Challoner TSA School Direct programmes - provider code 1K2 - can be submitted through UCAS - for training starting in September 2020.

**Despite the Corona Virus situation, we continue to recruit for our Alliance schools, with interviews continuing online.**

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.  To apply for teacher training register on UCAS at https://2020.teachertraining.apply.ucas.com/apply/student/login.do.

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 50 School Direct trainees in schools across our Alliance.

For more details contact:

0121 441 6175

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 £17,682, and the school will pay your tuition fees.

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.

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.

Bishop Challoner Catholic College is the Lead School for the Central Maths Hub, the Central Midlands Science Learning Partnership and the Bishop Challoner Computing Hub, allowing schools to access the high quality materials and courses provided.

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:


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