King Edward's Consortium

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Initial Teacher Training - course structure

How is the KEC course structured?

  • Induction. All KEC trainees attend our two-day central induction programme and spend one or more days in their main school during the July before they join us.  This allows trainees to meet their peers, begin to engage with some key issues in teaching and familiarise themselves with the school department in which they will be based for the year;
  • Subject and Professional Trainers on each placement.  All trainees have weekly one-to-one tutorials with a subject specialist and regular meetings with their Professional Trainer to review progress against the Teachers’ Standards;
  • A school-based Professional Studies programme;
  • A central programme of Professional Studies on Tuesdays throughout the year in our high-quality Training Centre in Kings Heath.  All trainees are released by their schools to attend the morning session;
  • SCITT trainees have tutorial and library sessions to support PGDipEd (QTS) assignment writing on Tuesday afternoons while salaried trainees return to their schools;
  • Subject development days led by the KEC Subject Leader team;
  • An individual training plan built around your needs;
  • A gradual introduction to teaching for SCITT trainees, working alongside experienced teachers OR a timetable of not more than 12 hours per week for School Direct (salaried) trainees;
  • A carefully-selected second placement experience which complements your experience in your main school;
  • Visits to you in school by the Director of ITT and by your KEC Subject Leader;
  • Access to our central library and resources and loan of core texts for all trainees;
  • Extensive support with job applications and interviews;
  • Access to library facilities at the University of Birmingham for PGDipEd (QTS) trainees;
  • Support from a very close-knit ‘family’ of fellow trainees and trainers across our schools.  This lasts many trainees well-beyond the training year and supports them as they take up teaching posts and progress in their careers.
If you decide to choose the King Edward’s Consortium as your training provider we will consider you for a training place in one of our 22 schools, taking into account your home address and travel arrangements as well as ensuring you are placed in an excellent subject department. 


The training sessions are of the highest calibre with a good range of resources and outside speakers.

KEC Trainee