Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane
Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA

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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

FAQ for Schools Direct


Trainees will be allocated a school within the Shireland Teaching School Alliance.  The programme offers training in a full range of subjects.


Why train with us?

With a strong community cluster of schools we can offer training tailored to the individual’s needs which are superbly supported by the longstanding expertise from Newman University Birmingham and the University of Warwick who we have a long and well established record in teacher training.

We have developed a close knit partnership which has a strong foundation based on a depth of experience within a family community; overall this allows us to create an excellent, personalised experience with outstanding support. We tailor and customise each individual’s training programme to develop them into balanced well rounded professionals. At the heart of our alliance is the need to provide outstanding teaching and a positive learning experience for all pupils.

For successful candidates it offers tax free bursaries of up to £26,000 and graduates get to train alongside experienced teachers in either primary or secondary schools.

Don’t hold back from applying because of your subject knowledge confidence. If you are intending to teach Chemistry, MFL, Physics, Geography or Computing you could benefit from a subject knowledge enhancement course before you start training.

Chemistry, Physics, Geography, MFL and Computing teachers are in demand in schools at the moment, so employment prospects are high in these subjects. Overall, prospects of employment in teaching are better than most other professions – 9 out of 10 new teachers, who want to teach, found teaching jobs in the first 12 months. Teachers are also twice as likely to be in management positions 3.5 years into their career, compared to fellow graduates (19 per cent teachers, 10 per cent science, 9 per cent accountants, 6 per cent legal).

What is the course?

A PGCE course which focuses on teaching skills and subject knowledge working with Newman University College, there will be up to 31 weeks spent in two schools. The second placement will be 4 to 6 weeks.

How long does it take?

The PGCE will start in September and be completed at the end of July

How much does it cost?

Course fees are currently set at £9250

Is there any funding available?

There is more information on the get into teaching website

What qualifications do I need?

A UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, a standard equivalent to a grade C in English and Maths GCSE and for primary you will additionally need a standard equivalent to a C GCSE Science. Please see


Where can I find out more information?

There is more information on the Teaching Agency website

In addition you can email specific questions to

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made through UCAS

Do I need to have passed the Literacy and Numeracy tests before interview?

No but you need evidence that you have booked the tests, if you have not passed them then as part of the application you will have to pass our own Literacy and Numeracy tests.

How much experience do I need in schools?

It is expected that some time will have been spent in a school, those with more experience will be in a stronger position.

Where will the interviews be held?

They will be conducted in schools; there will be an activity with the students and formal interviews.

Who will conduct the interviews?

There will be a person from the school in which you wish to complete your main placement a representative from Newman University/University of Warwick and at least one person from Shireland Teaching School Alliance.


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