Initial Teacher Training

Do you want to:

  • Inspire young people to fulfil their potential – create those penny dropping moments when a young person just ‘gets it’?
  • Change a young person’s life for the better – make the frightened, confident. The uninterested, ambitious. And the gifted……brilliant?
  • Go home each day knowing you’ve made a difference. See young people progress day-to-day thanks to you?
If the answer is yes, you can achieve this through the School Direct Programme.
We are seeking people  who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and committed to enhancing the lives and education of children and young people in Wolverhampton and the Black Country
Train to Teach with ConnectEd’s School Direct Programme from September 2021

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led training course which gives trainee teachers the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school and work as part of the teaching team from day one learning from a team of experienced practitioners dedicated to supporting Initial Teacher Training (ITT). School Direct is a partnership between a ‘lead school’ other schools and an accredited ITT provider. There are 2 School Direct Routes: School Direct Tuition Route This route is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, (either directly or with a Student Loan Company). The fees are £9000. School Direct Salaried Route This route is employment based where trainees who have at least 3 years’ work experience (preferably in a school) are employed as unqualified teachers by a school. Trainees on this route do not have to pay tuition fees. Providing they meet the entry requirements, this is an ideal route for graduates already employed as teaching assistants or unqualified teachers who are aspiring to become qualified teachers.

Why train with ConnectEd?

ConnectEd Partnership is a unique partnership of over 100 Wolverhampton schools across all phases that have come together to share skills, experience, talent and capacity to improve learning outcomes and achievements of our children and young people.

ConnectEd’s aim is to train and develop outstanding teachers, so as a ConnectEd Partnership trainee teacher you will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings, experienced in delivering high quality teacher training. 

We will ensure you gain a breadth and variety of experience in schools to enable you to meet all the Teachers Standards. You will have the opportunity to teach children and young people from different backgrounds as well as gaining experience of different approaches to teaching and to school organisation and management.

You will have access to support from highly experienced mentors in school, tutors from University and a dedicated professional mentor responsible for your wider development needs. 

In addition, through our network of senior leaders and headteachers, we offer a comprehensive enrichment programme designed to complement your academic study and your two school placements. These training sessions will focus on developing subject knowledge and wider professional issues and will be facilitated by expert practitioners, who role-model outstanding practice. 


ConnectEd Partnership works in partnership with Birmingham City University (BCU) and University of Wolverhampton (UoW), to offer the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) with 60 Master’s credits.

This one-year School Direct postgraduate course prepares you to take your place in primary schools as generalist teachers in Key Stage 1 and 2 (age range 5-11 years) or Early Years and Key Stage 1 (age range 3 – 7 years)

The salaried and tuition route is offered through BCU and the tuition route only is offered through UoW.

The course begins in September and lasts for one academic year with a trainee’s time being divided between two school based placements (approximately 80%) and structured training sessions (approximately 20%) which will take place at your chosen University.

The teaching commitment will build up over the year and throughout the training year.

For further information for both programmes, including course structures, please click on one of the following:

ConnectEd’s Programme with University of Wolverhampton.

ConnectEd’s Programme with Birmingham City University. 

How to Apply

You can apply for Our School Direct Programmes starting in September 2021 via the ‘GOV.UK Find Post Graduate Teacher Training’ website, or by following the links below to each of our courses:

Tuition Route Programme Code (Birmingham City University): 2QSL

Salaried Route Programme Code (Birmingham City University): 2QSR

Tuition Route Programme Code (University of Wolverhampton): 3BP4



Our Secondary PGCE with QTS Programme is being offered through a partnership between two Wolverhampton Secondary Schools, Aldersley High School and Highfields High School, strategically partnered with the University of Wolverhampton.

For programmes starting in September 2020, we are offering tuition school direct places in the following subjects:

This year long, full-time course will train you to teach secondary school pupils aged 11-18. (120 days in school; 50 days approx. at university)

The course structure includes a block placement in the Autumn Term, with university based professional development days each week. This is followed by a second placement in a partner school in the Spring Term, which includes 1 week in a partner primary school.

During your training you will spend the majority of your time in your placement school, during which time you will be required to teach across two different key stages.

Student teachers will be assessed throughout the year by a university based tutor alongside the school based professional tutor and subject mentor (School based tutor).

This will be through formal professional development and learning activities, school based core written tasks and lesson observations. Student teachers will meet weekly with their school based tutor and engage in a programme of school based training alongside the university training.

A record of professional development will be completed across the year as a formative and summative record of a student teacher’s progress towards the Teachers’ Standards.

Application Preparation

Prior to you submitting an application for a secondary subject, ConnectEd can offer you:

  • An opportunity to visit the partner schools
  • Complete a school experience programme in one or both partner schools
  • Help with your teacher training application

How to Apply

You can apply for our School Direct Programmes from 13th October 2020 for courses starting in September 2021 by clicking here.

The Black Country Teaching School Collaborative Passport to Teaching School Experience Programme
Find out more…..

Get into Teaching – DfE


Birmingham City University Initial Teacher Training

University of Wolverhampton Teacher Training

For further information about routes into teaching and ConnectEd’s School Direct Programme, please contact: Harinder Jandu 01902 290152

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