Birmingham City University – School Direct Providers Profile

Birmingham City University’s influence in the education of the citizens of Birmingham and beyond stretches back through a succession of predecessor institutions for over 160 years. It achieved university status in 1992 as the University of Central England, and changed its name to Birmingham City University in 2007, to reflect its commitment to, and pride in the city of Birmingham.

Birmingham City University is experienced in delivering innovative School Direct programmes, working closely in different ways with different School Direct Lead schools.   Our School Direct Partnerships train teachers who are highly skilled and committed to developing teaching expertise. Our School Direct trainee teachers will be creative in engaging, inspiring and motivating learners and will become confident and effective in leading learning. We welcome the contributions our School Direct partner schools make to continually improving our own provision.
Birmingham City University trains more teachers than any other university in the West Midlands, and is the 10th largest teacher training provider in the UK. Birmingham City University is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted for both primary and secondary provision.
The School of Education is conveniently located at City North Campus in Birmingham and offers unrivalled facilities and excellent teaching informed by research and evidence. Our PGCE programme will prepare trainee teachers to address the needs of all learners and their communities, to overcome disadvantage and barriers to learning and to continually reflect upon the impact of their professional practice.

At Birmingham City University, students are at the heart of teaching and learning. The Student Academic Partners scheme teams up students and staff to find ways to make the teaching and learning provision even better and has won a Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Student Support’.

“The Boldmere Teaching School Alliance partnership with BCU is built on very firm foundations with more than 70 of our undergraduate and postgraduate trainees completing teaching placements over the last five years in Boldmere Junior School alone.  BTSA and BCU have developed a shared vision for initial teacher education that enables us to provide a high quality training experience for trainee teachers and to ensure the quality of the next generation of teachers. As the Link Tutor, I work closely with BTSA to develop and strengthen this partnership and there are many examples of collaborative provision. Since we began working together, all new staff appointed to Boldmere School completed their training at BCU and were supported during an assessed teaching placement in the school.  We are proud to work in partnership with BTSA and value the contributions they make to our provision.”


Louise Khalid

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS