Primary and early years partnerships

Birmingham City University is the largest provider of Initial Teacher Training for Primary and Early Years teachers in the West Midlands.

We have enjoyed long and successful partnerships with primary schools from across the West Midlands and beyond. These collaborations with a wide variety of schools bring enormous benefits to you as a trainee teacher and the University as a training provider. Not only can you practice in a range of settings and with children from diverse cultural backgrounds, you also profit from the experience and expertise of our partners.

All our Initial Teacher Training courses have a successful track record in training and preparing effective and reflective primary practitioners. Ultimately, an overwhelming majority of trainees gain employment at the end of their course.

Primary and Early Years trainees spend at least 120 days (24 weeks) training in schools and/or Early Years settings. The experiences that they have in school form a significant part of their training and we value the expertise and support of our school-based colleagues.

Head of School's Welcome

"Dear School Colleagues

As Head of the School of Education at Birmingham City University, I would like to welcome you as valued partner in the delivery and support of initial teacher training. Your support as a placement host, mentor and supporter is invaluable in ensuring that our trainees get a first-class experience on their route to QTS. We hope that our trainees are able to add value to your school or college while they are with you and that they really become a part of your school community.

We very much run our partnership as a true collaboration between the School of Education and our partners - bringing benefit to both parties. Whether you are an individual school, a college, a Teaching School Alliance or a School Direct partner - we hope to work with you to develop the teachers of the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, queries or feedback. We are always happy to hear from you.

We are also here to help you with any training or staff development needs you may have - just give our partnership office a call and we will be happy to discuss this."

Professor Kevin Mattinson, Executive Dean and Head of School of Education and Social Work


"Excellent placements/ trainees - beneficial to school and students" - Malcolm Sanders - Gunter Primary School

"Excellent student, well prepared and organised " - Samantha Foster - Beacon Primary

"Good communication from the University and the student. Clear documentation " - Sakawat Ali - The Wisdom Academy

" The support i received was outstanding not only from University, but also the school. I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with such fantastic people!" - Rebecca Adams - PGCE Primary and Early Years

Contact Us

For Partnership enquiries, please contact the Partnership Team:

Telephone: +44 (0)121 331 7303