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Secondary partnerships

Secondary partnerships Our strength in secondary education is the close, working relationship we have with more than 200 secondary schools across the West Midlands. These close ties ensure we are able to produce the right teachers for this demanding sector.

The partnership trains secondary school teachers of Art & Design, Design and Technology (Food, Product Design and Textiles), Drama, Mathematics, Music and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), English, History, Geography, Computer Science, Physical Education, and Religious Education. Partnership schools receive payments for their work with trainees.

These pages contain a range of documents and support materials to accompany our PGCE Secondary course. Documentation is intended to provide partners with a holistic understanding of the course and a more specific knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of tutors, mentors and trainee teachers.

Download the Initial Teacher Education Partnership Agreement 2019-20


" I can confirm that our commitment to BCU as a very close ITT partner continues to grow from strength to strength." - Professional Mentor and School Direct Lead - Holte School, Birmingham

"Birmingham City University are very supportive of trainees and the academy, we have employed several past students" -  Professional Mentor - Heartlands Academy, Birmingham

"The partnership we have with Birmingham City University is excellent.  The university tutors provide us with a good level of support and guidance." Professional Mentor - Kings School, Wolverhampton

"Terrific students - brilliant future teachers"  - Subject Mentor - Ridgewood High School, Stourbridge

"Very impressed with the whole structure and organisation of placements...Tutors are all very approachable and helpful, and paperwork is very clear " -  Professional Mentor - Wood Green Academy, Wednesbury

"I have always found the tutors at Birmingham City University very helpful and knowledgeable"  Professional Mentor - Kings Norton Boys School, Birmingham

Read our Ofsted reports

Mentoring CPD

From September 2020 we will be offering a fully funded Level 7 module in Coaching and Mentoring to all our partner schools.  Find out more about how it will work for you and your teams in schools below:

Coaching and Mentoring Module  

Placements during a pandemic:

In addition to allowing ITT providers to adapt placement planning, the DfE added trainee teachers to the list of key worker in July 2020. The recruitment and retention of new teachers is still high priority for the DfE and school leaders; it is clear that we need to sustain a flow of new teachers to schools despite the pandemic. 

We propose the following statement from renowned academics Margaret Mulholland, Julie Greer and Caroline Daly for further consideration to partners who have yet to recognise the opportunity hosting a trainee could have in their schools during these uncertain times: Why schools should continue to provide placements for trainee teachers?


For Partnership enquiries, please contact the Partnership Team:

Please be advised that the following course leads listed in the Placement Information Pack are currently on sick leave: 

  • Hilary Grady (History Course Lead), and
  • Don Newton (Maths Course Lead). 

For the foreseeable future can you please direct any subject specific enquiries to:

General enquiries about placements should still be sent to as detailed in the Placement Information Pack and on the Placement Offers Form available on the links on these pages