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King Edward’s Consortium

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

They come to us from all walks of life – high-flying graduates with a clear commitment to a career in teaching who have 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.

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 23 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 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.

Ours 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 lasting friendships. 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.

Louise Leigh
Director of Initial Teacher Training