ITT at Waverley Education Foundation

Waverley School Direct Programme

Waverley School works in partnership with local schools and universities to offer our School Direct programme for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) across both the primary and secondary phases. This school-led programme enables successful trainees to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and up to 60 credits towards a Masters level qualification.

Why choose Waverley School Direct?

  • A range of courses for early years, primary and secondary subjects
  • Full postgraduate PGCE, incl. Qualified Teacher Status and 60 credits at Master’s level
  • 100% employment success rates for our trainees in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Our three year commitment to supporting your early career
  • A supplementary school-led programme where trainees can learn together from outstanding primary and secondary practitioners
  • A close alliance of schools working together year after year
  • Strong partnerships with Newman University and Birmingham City University
  • Start your teaching career in Birmingham – great diversity, social life and affordability
  • Help us make a real difference to some of the most disadvantaged young people in the city

Get in touch to find out more!

In what subjects/phases are you offering training places 2020-21?

The Waverley School Direct Programme is recruiting ambitious and committed future teachers to Training Route places in primary and secondary subjects listed below.


Foundation/Key Stage 1 (age 3-7)

Key Stages 1 and 2 (age 5-11)


Art and design




Design and Technology





Modern Languages (French, Spanish or Urdu)


Physical Education


Religious Education 

We expect also to offer a limited number of School Direct Salaried places in Maths, English, Physics and Chemistry a little later in the recruitment cycle.

We are delighted to work alongside our partner primary and secondary schools to offer our School Direct programmes. Successful applicants may be placed at any of our schools depending on subject and phase specialism. Our partner schools include:

Ark Boulton Academy

Ark St Alban’s Academy

Cockshut Hilll School

Hodge Hill Girls' School

Starbank School

Lea Forest Primary Academy

Moseley School

Oasis Academy Hobmoor

Shenley Academy

Thornton Primary School

Waverley School (primary and secondary)

Waverley Studio College

Where can I find more information? 

Download our leaflet below for more programme information and advice on what to do next. Browse detailed information about the PGCE route we offer in your subject/phase on the Find postgraduate teacher training programme portal.  Please get in touch if you have a query or to discuss your application, no question is too silly to ask!


Phone: 0121 566 6600 ext. 31062

Allapplications for training places are made through the UCAS Teacher Training portal -more information coming soon; Our application cycle runs from October through to the end of June each year, though many courses fill up early in the cycle. A list of course codes can be downloaded below. 

Useful websites include:

  • Find a programme:


  • Make an application:


Upcoming information events

There are regular events to offer information and advice to prospective teacher training applicants at which Waverley School Direct is represented. Events coming up include:

School Direct and PGCE Open Evening, Wednesday 9 October 2019, 16.00 - 18.30, Newman University

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 17 October 2019, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 7 November 2019, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

Train to teach Birmingham, Monday 11 November, 16.30 – 20.00, University of Birmingham

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 21 November 2019, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

Focus on Teacher Training – Open Morning, Friday 22 November 2019, 10.00-12.00, Ark St Alban’s Academy

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 12 December 2019, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 23 January 2020, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 27 February 2020, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 26 March 2020, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 23 April 2020, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 14 May 2020, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 4 June 2020, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

School Direct Open Evening, Thursday 18 June 2020, 16.00 - 17.30, Waverley School

To register for an event at Waverley School, please email For other events, please click the link on the event title.

Get School Experience

Gaining school experience can make a positive contribution to the application process and help you to decide whether teaching is right for you. Waverley School offers opportunities for prospective teachers in a range of secondary subjects and the primary phases through the Get School Experience Service. Register your details with DFE to be able to search and apply for one of the one day events offered throughout the year. Please note that all school experience places are limited and that applicants must be eligible for teaching training and have not already secured a teacher training place. Upcoming dates are as follows:


Primary (EFYS, KS1 and KS2)







4/10/19 - Religious Education, Art, Maths, French, Spanish, Urdu, Music, Chemistry

16/10/19 - CSIT, Art, English, Geography, History, Maths, French, Urdu, Physics

6/11/19 - PE, Maths, English

19/11/19 - Biology, Music, Maths, Geography, History, English

6/12/19 - Religious Education, Art, Maths, French, Spanish, Urdu, Music, Chemistry

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

We usually expect applicants to our secondary training places to have a degree in which at least 50% of the content is in the relevant subject. However, should you wish to teach biology, design and technology, english , maths, physics, chemistry, computing, geography or a language (French, Spanish), applicants who do not fully meet this expectation may be able to benefit from subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) opportunities. See the Get into teaching website for more information. If we believe you have the right qualities to become a teacher, we may offer you a training place conditional on undertaking a SKE programme. We review all eligible applications with Subject Tutors at our partner universities, to assess whether SKE is required and, where applicable, to identify an appropriate programme. You may also wish to contact us in advance of submitting an application (see above for contact details.)

Working with local HEIs

Waverley School also works with Higher Education Providers (HEIs) to offer placements to trainees on university-led PGCE / PGDipEd courses in both primary and secondary phases. We have a strong track record of providing excellent experiences for students from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Kingston University, Staffordshire University, Wolverhampton University and Newman University. If you are an HEI looking to source placements, send an email to Claire Dugard, Professional Partnerships and Research Coordinator, or phone 0121 566 6600 ext. 31062.