We are no longer recruiting for Primary places

We will start recruiting again in October 2017


Our next School Direct Open Evening is on Wednesday 20th September 2017 4 - 5pm at The Colmore Teaching School. 

We are also holding a School Direct Open day event on Monday 6th November 2017 10am - 12pm  at The Colmore Teaching School.

Book your space by emailing enquiry@cptsa.co.uk. This informative event will cover how to apply, gaining school experience, how to ensure your application stands out, the assessment process and the unique support we offer in finding your first teaching job. It will  be an interactive session with the chance for you to ask any questions.


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led training course for post graduates that gives you the chance to learn "on the job" in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one - similar to student medics in hospitals - learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice. Your teaching time increases as you gain in experience and knowledge, over the three placements.

Why train with us?

The Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance (CPTSA) is an educational community which is founded on a shared passion and drive to make a positive impact on pupils' life chances and achieve excellence for all.
From students to leaders of education, from Early Years to adulthood, from apprentice to master, we are building a community of excellent practice together and effective learning relationships are at the heart of everything we do.

We are a strong and effective partnership of good and outstanding Birmingham schools, academies and Higher Education Institutions.  33 very successful yet diverse and varied schools, both primary and secondary, all sharing a common drive and determination to provide the highest possible standard of education to pupils and to train and motivate our teachers. Our CPTSA Executive Head is a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and has a vast experience in improving schools not only across the city of Birmingham but nationwide. We work closely  on the School Direct programme with our two former Executive Heads who are both National Leaders of Education (NLEs) and have over 30 years experience respectively.  We have a wealth of experience across our Alliance to inspire and educate trainees to the teaching profession.

**100% of our School Direct trainees successfully graduated from our programme and all of them are working as an NQT  in a Good or Outstanding school. 70% of the trainees are working at one of our Alliance schools with access to all our CPD training for NQTs and Recently Qualified Teachers (RQT)**

Our Partners

Under the School Direct programme, we are proud to be working with Birmingham City University for our Primary 5 -11 route and our Secondary subjects and University College Birmingham for our Primary 3-7 route. We aim to provide an innovative and creative route into primary and secondary teaching. Our Partnership  work closely together to provide our trainee teachers with the opportunities they need to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning who will motivate and engage all learners. We aim to develop highly skilled graduate teachers who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, enabling you to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.

Highly Employable Teacher Training

A core part of your training will be undertaken within the Teaching School. Our "highly employable teacher" module runs throughout your training year and is made up of innovative training designed and delivered by a team of our Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs).  These are current senior practitioners who bring to your training a wealth of knowledge, experience and up to date practice. The training covers up to date and relevant topics such as Assessment, working in a new key stage, transition and inclusion and other areas such as personal impact in the class room, employability training through mock interviews and how to write an outstanding application form. All our Associate Teachers from all key stages are involved in this training.


We offer two school placements  (ABA placement model) during your training year, which will both be in one of our Ofsted Good or Outstanding Alliance schools. We want you to learn from the best and be inspired by outstanding practice.

Each placement will be supported by an experienced mentor within school and your university link tutor.  At the CPTSA we train all the School Direct mentors and class teachers to ensure they have support and are able to offer support and professional guidance.  Your teaching practice will increase as the year progresses. By the end of your first placement you will be teaching for 50% of the time. this will increase to 60% by the end of your second term and 80% by the end of your final placement. 

Accreditations for successful completion of the programme

All our School Direct courses last one academic year starting in early September to July. All our routes  lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). All successful candidates will also be awarded 60 level 7 masters credits which can be banked for future studies. 

We value our close partnerships with our higher education providers. Our primary (3-7) PGCE is awarded by the University of Birmingham (working with UCB), our primary (5-11) PGCE is awarded by Birmingham City University and all our secondary subject specific PGCEs are also awarded by Birmingham City University.

It doesn't end there.....

Once you have successfully completed your training with the CPTSA, we pride ourselves on supporting your teaching career. Through the CPTSA we offer a 12 month NQT programme which is now in its third successful year, training over 70 NQTs from across the city and beyond. Our Recently Qualified Teacher programme will support you in your post NQT years of your career. Beyond these formative years of your teaching, we offer training and support for all levels from NQT to Head training.

Current Vacancies

 Please apply for any of our courses through UCAS 

Course Codes: 

Primary 3 -7: 2T3X - No longer recruiting

Primary 5- 11: 2J4C - FULL

Secondary subjects: 

Art and Design: 2J4H FULL

Computing: 32DT - FULL

English: 2J4W

History: 2J4S

Maths: 2J4X