About the course
Windsor Academy Trust offers the School Direct initial teacher training programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham. We work with the University in recruiting and selecting trainees and provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Primary level and PGDipEd with QTS at Secondary level. Applicants apply directly to a Windsor Academy Trust and undertake their placements within our family of schools.
Applications can be made via UCAS for the following School Direct training places:
Secondary Modern Foreign Languages,
Your interview will be held at either Windsor Business Centre or at one of the schools within Windsor Academy Trust. You will be interviewed by a panel which will include a Lead Practitioner who works across the Trust in your area as well as a Faculty Director. The process will include an informal interview and introduction to Windsor Academy Trust, a mini lesson, a student panel interview, a written test and a formal interview.
How school placements work
Students on our School Direct routes have placements within our family of schools which include the following secondary schools:
Windsor High School (Halesowen)
Kingswinford Academy (Dudley)
Cheslyn Hay Academy (Walsall)
Great Wyrley Academy (Walsall)
and the following primary schools:
Colley Lane Primary Academy (Halesowen)
Goldsmith Primary Academy (Walsall)
Rivers Primary Academy (Walsall)
Manor Way Primary Academy (Halesowen)
Tenterfields Primary Academy (Halesowen)
The secondary route includes two main school placements and the primary route includes three main school placements.
Students on School Direct primary routes will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master's level. Students on the secondary programmes undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master's level.
Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham. Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
All candidates have to:
have a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. Please view specific subjects for precise details.
complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.
About the training provider
Windsor Academy Trust (WAT) is a West Midlands based family of schools. We bring together four secondary schools and five primary academies.
Our academies are
Windsor High School and Sixth Form
The Kingswinford School
Great Wyrley Academy
Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School
Goldsmith Primary Academy
Rivers Primary Academy
Manor Way Primary Academy
Tenterfields Primary Academy
Colley Lane Primary Academy
Our aim is to unlock the personal and academic potential in every child.
Windsor Academy Trust was therefore formed to improve the quality of educational provision through the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst its schools. Our focus on teaching and learning is underpinned by our values of collaboration and co-operation.
At WAT we combine a shared experience of primary and secondary schools and promote student and staff collaboration. This raises aspirations across a family of schools united in their ethos and operation to achieve the very best for all their students.
We work collectively to ensure that all our children achieve their very best in a climate of high expectations where teachers feel motivated and empowered.
We aim to give those who train with us a solid foundation in their craft of teaching and ensure that our trainees are confident and flourishing with a support network of peers and mentors.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Richmond Street, Halesowen B63 4BB
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