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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
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.

Train to Teach with ConnectEd’s School Direct Programme

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 primary 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 QTS 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.

The programme will cover areas such as:

Recognising Good Teaching; accelerated learning; assessment; social emotional & mental health education; parental engagement; behaviour management

Connected are passionate about recruiting the very best teachers for our children and young people and developing those teachers into future leaders. The School Direct Programme offers an exciting and exceptional opportunity for you to learn and develop your career in our schools. By training with ConnectEd, you will receive wide-ranging experiences, support and development that will make you a highly sought-after qualified teacher.

What is involved?

ConnectEd Partnership works in partnership with Birmingham City University and University of Wolverhampton, to offer places on both the tuition and salaried programmes.

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 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 universities, including course structures, please click on one of the following:

University of Wolverhampton

Birmingham City University


What Qualification will I receive?

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) with 60 Master’s credits.

How to Apply

The 2019 UCAS Teacher Training Cycle opens on 9th October 2018.

You can apply for Our School Direct Programmes via the UCAS Portal by searching for ConnectEd Partnership as the training provider.

Our Training Provider code is 27U

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

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

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

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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