PGCE Secondary partnerships

Partnership Handbook

BCU ITE Partnership Handbook

Expressions of interest for school based training placements 2021/22:

At this point in the year, we need to secure partnership commitments from a range of schools across the region.  Recruitment is going well and we confidently expect to have a strong cohort of trainees across all subjects.  And as ever, the majority of our trainees will be local to Birmingham and nearby metropolitan areas – but we do occasionally require placements in neighbouring Local Authorities.

Therefore we are now asking old and new BCU partner schools to commit to a year-long School Based Training partnership with us in 2021/22. 

PGCE Secondary School Based Training Placement Opportunities Pack 2021/22

Please consult with your department leads and return this Expression of Interest  EOI Form 2021/22 2021/22 to by 30 April 2021.


Over 2020/21 we had the opportunity to establish a number of BCU Trainee Subject Hubs’ in many core subjects to support in school training for our PGCE cohort.  Schools with larger departments were able to offer up to 4 School Based Training placements for BCU trainees in a named subject. 

This opportunity allowed the BCU Subject Tutors to work closely with a team of Subject Mentors in a department; to guide the training of beginning teachers; and indeed, be involved in wider subject development conversations. Schools who have had the capacity to offer a ‘BCU Trainee Subject Hubs’ have received enhanced payments for their training offer. 

We aim to extend this offer across subjects again in our 2021/22 School Based Training partnerships. You can indicate your willingness to establish a BCU School based training Hubs on the EOI form above.

Strategic Partnership Committee

We hold termly meetings with secondary partners to review aspects of our provision.  The committee is chaired by a local senior teacher from a partnership school and is made up of:

  • SCITT Leads
  • School Direct Leads
  • Co-opted members from across the partnership
  • Subject mentor representatives from across the partnership
  • The BCU subject leads
  • Kelly Davey-Nicklin (PGCE Secondary Course Lead)
  • Amanda Brougham (Strategic Lead for Partnerships)

You can read the Terms of Reference for the committee here: SPC Terms of Reference

You can give feedback on the PGCE programme to members of the committee, whose contact details and roles are here:   SPC Membership 2021  

If you are interested in joining our Partnership for the next Academic year, please contact 

We look forward to working in partnership with you.