Who We Are

A ‘Standout’ Teacher Training Provider

“If you want to begin your teaching career in a highly supportive environment, where you are immersed in creative and innovative teaching from the start, then Victoria Academies Teacher Training is the programme for you. You will have the opportunity to train amongst outstanding practitioners who are committed to becoming the best that they can be for the children that they teach and the communities that they serve. Our ultimate aim is that the majority of our trainees remain within the Trust after their training, and that they go on to become the teachers and leaders of the future.”

Louise Fowler (Head of SCITT)

A ‘Standout’ Teacher Training Provider

“If you want to begin your teaching career in a highly supportive environment, where you are immersed in creative and innovative teaching from the start, then Central England Teacher Training is the programme for you. You will have the opportunity to train amongst outstanding practitioners who are committed to becoming the best that they can be for the children that they teach and the communities that they serve. We are committed to training teachers to be the best that they can be. Our ultimate aim is that the majority of our trainees remain within the Trust after their training, and that they go on to become the teachers and leaders of the future.”

Louise Fowler (Head of CETT)

Our Purpose

Our vision is to enable each teacher, and therefore each child, to become the best that they can be.

Our teacher training programme is designed to develop ‘standout’ teachers who will make a difference to the lives of the children in our schools and local communities. We passionately believe that all children should be provided with an education that enables them to flourish and succeed, and that disadvantage should never be allowed to hold any child back.

At Victoria Academies Teacher Training we promote a child-centred approach to teaching and learning at all times. Our training programme is designed to develop teachers who will be creative, innovative, passionate, knowledgeable, and determined. We believe that these skills and attributes will allow our trainees to become teachers who can inspire children to love learning, to believe in themselves, and to always try their best.

If you train with us at Victoria Academies Teacher Training, you will be joining us in our mission to provide all children, no matter what their background, with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We promise that you will be strongly supported and developed throughout the training programme, with this ultimate goal in mind.

Our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) gives our trainees the unique opportunity to train to teach primary school children in a thriving, multicultural community. You will be joining a course that is school-led within a Trust of schools (Victoria Academies Trust) that are recognised for their innovative and outstanding practice. Recent Ofsted inspections of our schools are all either good or outstanding.

Trainees on our course come from a variety of backgrounds; some are straight from University and others have already had previous careers, both within and outside of education. We welcome all applicants equally.

At Victoria Academies Teacher Training SCITT you select 1 of the 2 routes into teaching:

Primary with Early Years

(3 – 7 years)

General Primary

(5 – 11 years)

We are a values-led teacher training programme

At Victoria Academies Teacher Training we share in the values of Victoria Academies Trust. We have five core values that underpin everything that we do, especially the way we act, behave and engage with one other. Our values are not just written down on paper, but are lived and breathed by us in all that we do. They are the blueprint for our success. These values are based on the word FIDES (from the Latin ‘to Trust’).

They are:

  • Focus on Family

  • Insist on Excellence

  • Do good as you go

  • Embrace innovation

  • Seize Success

All of the schools across Victoria Academies Trust have these values at their core. We believe that these values help to make Victoria Academies Teacher Training and Victoria Academies a unique and special place to train and work. We especially encourage potential trainees who feel that they identify with these values to apply.

What are the benefits of training with Victoria Academies Teacher Training?

HANDS ON TRAINING

One of the most significant advantages of training to be a teacher with Victoria Academies Teacher Training is that, from day one, you will be immersed in a range of primary school environments, acquiring the knowledge and skills required for effective teaching. Trainees have experience of working with outstanding practitioners and children in all year groups of Primary School from day one of the programme, giving them a head start to their training in a practical ‘hands-on’ approach, within an inspirational learning environment.

Trainees spend the majority of the programme working in schools and learning on the job. However, this is only after trainees have benefited from a pre-attachment phase where they are introduced to their mentors, to one another, and have had the opportunity to spend time in their attachment schools in order to meet staff and children. Our trainees complete their training year with substantial experience of teaching and working within a school, and are therefore very well equipped to make the transition to NQT.

AN INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE CURRICULUM

Our teacher training programme is based within a Trust of schools that are recognised for their innovative and outstanding practice. At Victoria Academies Teacher Training, our trainees are taught to plan and teach lessons which actively engage and encourage children’s creativity, and fully immerse them in the learning experience. We encourage creative, innovative and pioneering approaches to teaching, and this approach is continually demonstrated to trainees throughout their training year through the pioneering teaching which takes place every day in the classrooms across the Trust’s schools.

Undertaking your training with Victoria Academies Teacher Training will also provide you with the opportunity to be immersed in the ‘real, immersive and purposeful – RIP’ curriculum that is unique to schools within Victoria Academies Trust. Here you will see examples of immersive teaching that are embedded in a curriculum designed to be linked to real-life, purposeful learning for the children in our schools.

EXCELLENT EMPLOYMENT RATES

We understand that undertaking teacher training is an investment, and we take your future employment seriously. We are thrilled to say that 100% of trainees who completed our programme in 2015/16 and 2016/17 went on to secure employment as NQTs.

Well over half of our trainees (65%) secure employment at schools within Victoria Academies Trust as NQTs, and they continue to benefit from the supportive relationships formed during their training year. Where possible, our vision is to train teachers who will remain within Victoria Academies Trust, serving our local communities and transforming the lives of the children at our schools.

HIGH LEVELS OF SUPPORT

The relatively small number of students on our training programme each year means that we can offer high-quality, individualised support to each of our trainees. We take into account your particular needs, regarding subject knowledge or experience, and do our best to provide the tailored support which will help you most. Access to tutors and mentors is available on a day by day basis throughout the course. Victoria Academies Teacher Training trainees are also strongly encouraged to get to know one another and support each other throughout the course. Training session leads, who are expert practitioners, can also be contacted at any point throughout the training year to answer questions and provide advice on their specialist subject.

A STRONG SENSE OF FAMILY

One of our key values at Victoria Academies Teacher Training is a focus on family. We see everyone involved in Victoria Academies Teacher Training, from trainees to mentors, tutors, and session leaders, as part of our family. Every person that’s involved in delivering our teacher training programme is committed to helping our trainees to become the best teachers that they can be. We aim to provide a ‘personal touch’ and understand the importance of getting to know our trainees as individuals, developing positive and supportive relationships with them. This means that any needs, worries or concerns are responded to quickly and that our students feel looked after and invested in.

ACCESS TO EXPERT PRACTITIONERS

Our trainees greatly value the access that they have to our highly qualified tutors and outstanding current practitioners. Training sessions are led by a variety of specialist staff from within the Trust who are experts in their area of delivery, many of whom are also putting their theory into practice every day in the classroom. This adds significant credibility to the programme and ensures that our trainees are learning from the very best. For students who stay within the Trust after their training year, support from specialist staff continues into the NQT year. Opportunities for career development and growth are also widespread within the Trust.

OUR TRUST SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY LINKS

There are currently seven schools that form Victoria Academies Trust. These schools offer a wide diversity of contexts for our trainees to experience, all within a partnership of consistently high provision. Our training offers the unique opportunity to learn in a thriving, multicultural community where more than 40 languages are spoken by the children. Trainees visit all of the Trust schools as part of their training year and get to know staff and children from each school.

At Victoria Academies Teacher Training and Victoria Academies Trust, serving our local communities and ensuring that the next generation of children receive the opportunity to achieve their full potential is our driving motivation. We often find that a number of our trainee teachers are from, or live within, the local area. We are heavily invested in our local communities, and on the positive impact that our teachers and schools can make within them.

GAINING PGCE, QTS AND 60 MASTERS CREDITS

Training with Victoria Academies Teacher Training offers students the opportunity to gain a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and 60 masters credits, accredited by the University of Birmingham, alongside Qualified Teacher Status.

A Message from Andrew Morrish, CEO

Andrew Morrish, Chief Executive of Victoria Academies Trust, explains the vision and values of Victoria Academies Trust. He describes how these directly influenced the Trust’s decision to create Victoria Academies Teacher Training; a high-quality teacher training programme established to develop ‘standout’ teachers, trained to meet the needs of the Trust’s ‘standout’ schools.

He also discusses the positive impact that trainees have on the Trust, and what trainees can expect should they go on to get a job within Victoria Academies Trust after completing their training year, including opportunities for career development and progression.

Finally, he shares what inspired him to become a teacher, and why teaching is such an amazing profession to go into!

“If you want to work in a Trust that pushes you, that encourages you to take risks, that’s innovative and embraces change, you should seriously consider training with Victoria Academies Teacher Training. Your professional and personal development is at the heart of all we do. We will invest in you heavily, and we hope that you will invest in us in return. It’s lovely to be able to share our passion and our magic with people who genuinely want to join us.” 

Andrew Morrish is the Chief Executive of Victoria Academies Trust, and has a proven record for transforming challenging schools from special measures to outstanding.

He is also the author of “The Art of Standing Out”.

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Our Schools

Victoria Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust made up of a family of like-minded schools who share our passion for real, immersive and purposeful learning. As a result we have a proven track-record for transforming our schools. Our academies are currently situated in a number of local authorities across the West Midlands including Staffordshire, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall and Worcestershire.

Our core purpose  – our reason for being – is to make our people become the best they can be. We have an audacious and ambitious goal that drives all that we do: to be most known as a trust that transforms its academies into brilliant, pioneering schools that stand-out through innovation and social change. By working in partnership as a family of schools, each academy within Victoria Academies Trust is able to provide the necessary support and challenge that will enable our learners to stand out and be the best they can be.

The same principle applies to how we develop our staff. Through continued coaching, mentoring and support, we can ensure that the very best teachers and leaders work across our family of schools. Our SCITT, Victoria Academies Teacher Training ensures a continued supply of highly skilled newly qualified teachers. Every professional that works in our schools receives the highest quality of continued professional development across the entire trust, making the most of our skills and talents.