King Edward's Consortium

King Edwards Consortium

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People say you can tell a King Edward’s Consortium trainee a mile-off.  It is true.

Our trainee teachers come to us from all walks of life as high-flying graduates with a clear commitment to a career in teaching; people with the potential to become outstanding teachers and future leaders.  They are highly professional and knowledgeable, generous and passionate – passionate both about their subjects and about the power education has to change lives. From the very start of the programme, they make a huge difference to the children they work with and are highly-sought-after for employment once they qualify.  Many of them progress rapidly to positions of leadership in schools throughout the city of Birmingham and the surrounding area. 

King Edward’s Consortium (KEC) is the no.1 school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider in the country (The Good Teacher Training Guide, 2017). Founded in 2004, we are a well-established group of 22 excellent schools in the Birmingham area. The strength of our partnership lies in its diversity, longevity and experience – a mixture of comprehensive, selective, independent, mixed, single-sex, 11-16 and 11-18 schools.

KEC trainees are in school from day one, there at the start of the academic year and treated as bona fide members of staff. They are part of the fabric of their schools – in addition to teaching their subjects, they become form tutors and contribute to wider school life. For five weeks at the start of the spring term, they also have a second, shorter placement in a contrasting school.

Our family of trainees and trainers and consortium-based staff is a small, close-knit community. KEC trainees gather weekly at our training centre. We are proud that each cohort forms both a strong professional network and friendships that last a lifetime. We care about our trainees as individuals and want the very best for each and every one of them. We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence; our training and our pastoral care are outstanding. 


Annie Gouldsworthy
Director of Initial Teacher Training, King Edward's Consortium