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Apply for School Direct

Applications for Bishop Challoner TSA School Direct programmes - provider code 1K2 - DfE Apply system - for training starting in September 2022.

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  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 apply for our programmes from Tuesday 12th October 2021.

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The School Direct Teacher Training programme is a one year school-based route into teaching leading to QTS and PGCE. Every year 100% of our primary and secondary trainees achieve QTS.

Email us or call us to arrange a one-to-one conversation about YOUR journey into teaching - we are happy to have a chat!

0121 441 6175/6112

The School Direct Training Programme is open to graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary. Occasionally there may be a School Direct Salaried Training Programme available, but due to recent changes in school funding these are not offered very often.

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 Training 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 ECT 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 Training 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 our trainees successfully pass the programme with Good or Outstanding grades.

Having a large Alliance 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, with 80% in Alliance schools.

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 the Early Career Framework, a range of sessions for newly qualified teachers in both primary and secondary, 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 Training School work.

Bursary details for 2022/2023

The bursary information for trainee teachers for 2022/23 has not yet been released by the Government. This will be released sometime in early October.

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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