Primary and Early Years partnerships

Partnership information

Our strength in primary and early years education is the close working relationship we have with more than 200 primary schools across the Midlands and wider region. These close ties ensure we are able to produce the right teachers for this demanding sector. The partnership trains primary and early years school teachers on our three-year BA (Hons) QTS course and one-year PGCE.

You can access a range of documents and support materials to accompany both courses. Documentation is intended to provide you with a holistic understanding of the course and a more specific knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of tutors, mentors and associate teachers.

BCU ITE Partnership Agreement 2022-23

BCU Ofsted Report May 2022

QA Policy 2022-23

Quality Assurance Policy Primary and Secondary Phase ITE 2022-23

Statutory Guidance ITT Criteria and Supporting Advice 2022

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

This document contains mandatory guidance and accompanying advice from the Department for Education (DfE). This means that accredited initial teacher training (ITT) providers must have regard to the mandatory guidance when carrying out their duties relating to ITT.

Accredited ITT providers must ensure they meet these criteria to remain compliant. ITT providers who do not comply with these criteria may be subject to withdrawal of accreditation.

This document applies to accredited providers delivering ITT until 31 August 2024. After this date new published ITT criteria and quality requirements will be in place.

Primary Strategic Partnership Committee (SPC)

With a revised terms of reference, the Primary Strategic Partnership Committee will challenge Primary leaders to ensure that we continue to provide a quality training programme for our associate teachers in the region. Under the chairmanship of Sarah Hobden, (Castle Bromwich Junior School), the SPC will hold us to account and review evidence around our quality assurance processes both in terms of partnership, mentoring and taught delivery. The SPC will also review evidence from our mentoring working group and BCU Hub Leads. We look forward to deepening our valuable partnership with through on-going discussion about the strategic workings via this Committee which will feed into the University ITT Board. 

Primary SPC membership 2022-23

Razia Ali Executive Headteacher Leigh Trust
Carl Glasgow Executive Headteacher The Federation of Boldmere Schools
Humara Haq Assistant Head Greenholm Primary School
Sarah Hobden Headteacher (Chair) Castle Bromwich Junior School
Thomas Nelson Lead Mentor Annie Lennard Primary School
Fiona Owen Deputy Head King David Junior and Infant School
Sadef Sarwar Placements Lead Somerville Primary School
Katie Baggley Lead Practitioner, KS2 The Oaks, Birmingham 
Nicola Willis Senior Assistant Headteacher Pheasey Farm Park Primary School

QA Processes 2022

Primary SPC meetings 2022-23

Meetings are normally held each half term. If you're interested in joining the Primary SPC, please email Sarah Hobden; as Chair or Anne Whitacre at

We welcome colleagues to strengthen our partnership through collaboration to ensure that the teachers we train continue to provide an effective resource in your classrooms.

Term 1:

  • Wednesday 21 September 2022. 09.00 - 10.30 am (face to face)
  • Wednesday 23 November 2022, 08.30 - 10 am (face to face)

Term 2:

  • Tuesday 24 January 2023, 08.30 - 10.00 am (face to face)
  • Thursday 16 February 2023. 08.00 - 9.30 am (online)
  • Friday 17 March 2023 08.00 - 9.30 am (online)
  • Thursday 30 March 2023, 08.30 - 10.00 am (face to face)

Term 3:

  • Thursday 25 May 2023, 08.30 - 10.00 am (face to face)
  • Wednesday 07 June 2023, 08.30 - 10.00 am (face to face)