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Lead Partners

One of the local schools we work with

Over 500 partner schools for you to train with

We've built effective partnerships with over 500 schools in the West Midlands region so far.

  • Placements
  • Teacher training
  • Professional development
  • School improvement

Ofsted Outstanding

"Trainees receive high-quality training ... tailored effectively to take good account of individual needs"

"The strong partnership reflects the provider’s aim of creating a fully collaborative approach between the university and schools at both operational and strategic levels.”

Read Ofsted's full review of our partnerships here

Our Lead Partners involved in recruitment
Arden Alliance
Transforming Lives Educational Trust (TLEL ITT) 
Castle Phoenix Trust (Caludon Castle School)

Creative Education Trust

Coventry & Central Warwickshire Teaching School Hub
The Lion Alliance
Southam Teaching Alliance

St. Peter's Solihull Alliance

North Star Community Trust

The Ignite Federation

Inspire Education Trust

Further details of our Lead partners:

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DfE Apply Listing: Arden Alliance, Station Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0PT (2BU)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Physics

Based predominantly in and around Solihull, the 3 main aims of Arden Alliance are:

  • To offer bespoke PRIMARY & SECONDARY teacher training, and outstanding one-to-one support from experienced subject mentors
  • To equip trainees with excellent pedagogic skills which in turn will enable trainees to become confident teachers - to be the best, it is important to learn from outstanding practitioners
  • To continue supporting and mentoring early career teachers, further embedding an understanding of their subject, their students and the importance of developing the right attitude towards teaching

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DfE Apply Listing: Transforming Lives Educational Trust Initial Teacher Training (TLET ITT) Ashlawn School, Ashlawn Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5ET (1XO)

Primary (General)
- Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Transforming Lives Educational Trust is based at Ashlawn School at Rugby but our established partnership of partner schools covers Coventry, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. We can assist you with your whole pathway for enquiry to becoming a qualified teacher, Each year we train a large cohort of School Direct trainees who are mostly graded 'Good' or 'Outstanding' and are often employed within our partnership during their training year. Our team and mentors work tirelessly to support you through your training and early career years.

Castle Phoenix Alliance (Caludon Castle School) castle p logo

DfE Apply Listing: Caludon Castle School, Axholme Road, Wyken, Coventry, CV2 5BD (179)

Primary (General)
- Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

The Castle Phoenix Alliance is a high-quality educational provider in the City of Coventry. Our Alliance consists of six Primary and Secondary schools and a second multi-academy trust. At the heart of The Castle Phoenix Alliance is our desire to provide students with the best possible start in life through a first-rate education. These are clearly shown in our Six Ambitions: Reading, Oracy, Creative Learning, Impactful Teaching, Achievement and Aspirations. We are an extremely welcoming Alliance, recognising and appreciating the skills that trainee teachers bring to our schools and these ambitions.

Applying for a School Direct place through us will guarantee an exceptional teacher training experience. The Castle Phoenix Alliance is a strong alliance with an excellent record of teacher training: each year we train around 30 teachers, through both the PGCE and School Direct routes, with trainees achieving at least a ‘good’ grade by the end of their training year, with the majority being graded as outstanding. We encourage all of our trainee teachers to become full and active members of our alliance community by taking part in student extra-curricular activities, contributing to faculty meetings and opportunities open to staff. Schools within our Alliance promote workplace well-being, work with colleagues to offer suitable career opportunities and specialise in developing leaders at all stages of their career in our drive to ensure colleagues enjoy job satisfaction. We endeavour to make our schools happy places for both our staff and children.

We are keen to recruit like-minded individuals who feel passionate about helping young people achieve their potential and wish to work in a supportive and vibrant environment, we look forward to receiving your application.

Creative Education Trust - Ash Green School, Ash Green Lane, Coventry, West Midlands, CV7 9AH

Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French & Spanish), Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Find out more about Creative Education Trust by watching their short video


Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities. Curricular innovation through our Knowledge Connected programmes promotes creative, integrated and pro-active thinking so that our students are equipped for the challenges of the 21st century. This thinking is evident across our ITT model and we ensure that all staff are supported, developed and nurtured. Creative Education Trust is committed to furthering your career and ensuring you have the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues.

Coventry & Warwickshire Teaching School (Lawrence Sheriff)

DfE Apply Listing: Lawrence Sheriff School, Clifton Road, Rugby, CV21 3AG

Primary (General)
Secondary - Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Maths, Modern Languages (French), PE, Physics

Lawrence Sheriff School is a lead school for School Direct. Based in Rugby, we work in partnership with a range of schools in the Warwickshire and Coventry area.
We have been involved with the School Direct training programme for several years and we have successfully placed trainees throughout the area, with many former trainees in full-time employment within the partnership.

The Lion Alliance, Coventry and WarwickshireLink opens in a new window lion alliance

DfE Apply Listing: Finham Park School, Green Lane, Coventry, CV3 6EA (1K1)

Primary (General)
Secondary: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History,
Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Education

Find out more about The Lion Alliance by watching their short video

The Lion Alliance is committed to providing excellent training for teachers at every stage of their career from Initial Teacher Training through to developing school leaders. Our priority is to develop and support you to become the most effective practitioner you can be.

Training with us gives you access to a wide range of highly experienced professionals, all at different stages of their career, who will help in your journey to qualify and enter the teaching profession.

Our Alliance consists of several primary and secondary schools (in both the Independent and State Sector) located across Coventry and Warwickshire (including Rugby and Kenilworth), meaning that we are able to offer you the opportunity to develop your practice and classroom craft in different schools, in different key phases, in different settings.

We offer exceptional support to all of our trainee teachers. Once qualified, training and support doesn’t stop there; we believe in the importance of Continuing Professional Development and use the expertise of colleagues within The Lion Alliance and strategic partners to deliver a range of CPD courses, career stage professional development, as well as bespoke training and CPD.

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DfE Apply Listing: Southam Teaching Alliance, Welsh Road West, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 0JW (2BN)

Secondary: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Southam College is the lead school for Southam Teaching Alliance. Southam College is an ‘Outstanding’ 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1643 students on roll, 298 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed. Our Alliance has a shared ethos of working together and investing in teachers and leaders. We believe that each teacher and leader is unique and has their own talent which can be enhanced through regular professional discussion, practical CPD and self-reflection. We have a developed programme of support for trainee teachers, which extends into the NQT year and beyond. We believe that if every teacher and leader feels they have sufficient challenge, support, inspiration and enjoyment in their career, we believe it is possible for every student to enjoy their education, achieve their very best and have a purposeful, happy future as a valuable member of society

St. Peter's Solihull Alliance st peter

DfE Apply Listing: St Peters Catholic School, Whitefields Rd, Solihull, B91 3NZ (17Y)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Welcome to St. Peter’s Catholic School. Serving Solihull’s Catholic community, we are a popular, oversubscribed school with a history going back over a hundred years. Olton Court Convent School (founded in 1903) merged with Bishop Glancey High school in 1974 to form the present school. The Sixth Form was added in 1994 enabling us to care for students from age 11 to 19. The school is supported by the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull and the Birmingham Archdiocese. The school site is bordered by parkland in the largely residential South west of Solihull. Not far away are the excellent amenities of Solihull, the city of Birmingham and the attractive rural landscape of Warwickshire’s Green Belt.

Woodrush Training Consortium

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DfE Apply Listing: Woodrush Training Consortium, Shawhurst Lane, Wythall, Worcestershire B47 5JW (21T)

Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages(French, Spanish, French & Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education.

At Woodrush TC we pride ourselves on offering a personalised experience. All of our past trainees have rated our training and support as outstanding and we have a 100% pass rate. We work with local primary schools and secondary schools from North Birmingham all the way to Dudley and Worcester. We also work with three universities across the Midlands so can meet the needs of every trainee.

Our School Direct training offers a highly developed programme of professional development opportunities for trainee teachers.

Through both internal training and that linked to national providers, such as the National College of School Leadership, trainee teachers can expect to be given, and have access to, a wide range of opportunities to develop their career. These would include opportunities to develop high quality teaching skills, and early leadership development and fast tracking at Woodrush or within our alliance of partner schools.

We have a lot of experience and expertise in training and developing teachers, which we will use to provide you with an outstanding start to your teaching career and personalised support towards successful completion of your QTS and Masters assignments. Many teachers that train with us join our staff and gain contracts within our organisation. Woodrush also has the NQT Quality mark for excellent support in your first year of teaching.