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Apply for School Direct

Teacher Training in Birmingham and West Midlands with Bishop Challoner TSA 

Inspire : Teach : Excel

Our  Teacher Training programme is a one year school-based route into teaching leading to PGCE with QTS. 

To apply, just follow this link:


Bishop Challoner Training School - provider code 1K2. Which subjects do we offer?

We offer a range of Primary programmes – Primary General (3-7; 5-11), Primary with Mathematics, Primary with PE and Primary with SEND. Secondary programmes include: Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Mathematics, MFL, Music, PE, Physics, Psychology and RE.

Click here for details about our programmes.

See our booklet for full details: 


Further details, advice and guidance about how to apply and to book school experience, please complete the following form:

BCTSA Train to Teach Enquiry Form

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

Why choose our School Direct route into teacher training?

  • One main placement school across the majority of the year – trainees really feel part of the department and team 
  • Hands on experience from the very start of the course 
  • Bespoke and flexible experience which can be personalised to your rate of progress 
  • Great balance of practical training and academic University-led training, meaning you will also gain your PGCE and QTS
  • Opportunity to build relationships with expert teachers and leaders through a full academic year placement 
  • Get to know your main placement school before the start of the year, so you can attend induction opportunities and build a relationship 
  • Have a second placement during the Spring term for a contrasting school experience

Why train to teach with Bishop Challoner Training School?

  • High quality training experience informed by the most up to date research – revised and improved every year  
  • A family approach to teacher training  
  • Get the best of both worlds: University training while being part of a school community for the whole year 
  • Strong track record of successful programme completion 
  • School placements in schools with a proven track record of successfully mentoring trainees 
  • A variety of schools work with us – whatever your school and phase interest, we have a school for you! 
  • Fantastic pastoral support for trainees throughout the year. We believe in nurturing trainees through the year, with support from expert school mentors, committed mentors in our Training School, and University mentors 
  • Masters credits 
  • Great rates of employment after ITT completion  
  • A long term approach to teacher training. We have Assistant Headteachers working with us now who started their training as ITT trainees with Bishop Challoner, and have taken up our development opportunities from ITT-headship training 

Come and train to teach with us to Inspire : Teach : Excel.

For advice and guidance about how to apply go to:  https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk 

To apply, just follow this link:


If you are a school that is interested in taking a School Direct trainee please contact:

Dispelling some of the myths around School Direct

There are some misconceptions around the School Direct Programme, which mean applicants may drift more towards a University Core route instead. We try to unravel some of the myths surrounding the School Direct / Core question.

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