Member Case Study – King Edward’s Consortium

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King Edward’s Consortium

Louise Leigh is Director of Initial Teacher Training at the King Edward’s Consortium, which is rated as the country’s top School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider by The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017. The Consortium is a well-established group of 20 secondary schools in the Birmingham area, spanning comprehensive, selective, mixed, single-sex, the 11-16 and 11-18 age ranges. Louise joined the Consortium as Deputy Director of Initial Teacher Training in September 2013, and has been Director since April 2015.

“King Edward’s Consortium was founded in 2004 as an Employment-Based Initial Teacher Training Provider (EBITT) before converting to a SCITT in 2013,” said Louise, who herself trained with the Consortium before working in inner-city schools in the West Midlands and now as part of the senior leadership team at King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools for Girls, the SCITT lead school. “The Consortium became a member of NASBTT in 2010. The stand-out benefit we receive from NASBTT is the expert advice, not only when things are going well but also in those difficult moments where we need one-to-one support and tailored advice. The guidance we receive from the NASBTT team is first-class.”

The provision of regular sector updates and networking opportunities was also highlighted by Louise, who described the Consortium’s investment in NASBTT membership as “excellent value for money”. She said: “We really value the quality of insight and intelligence shared by NASBTT. It is up to date and easy to digest, especially now with the weekly blog – I am also using the app which is a great way to find things straight away – but we have always had strong communication from NASBTT. The team is extremely approachable and highly positive in their outlook. This ethos is extended into training, which I have undertaken with NASBTT Trustees such as Andy Ogden and Kim Francis.”

Additionally, Louise reserved special praise for the NASBTT annual conference. “The conferences are always informative and very well organised,” she explained. “I go to regional ITT meetings, and see the same faces once or twice a month, so NASBTT provides a broader national perspective. The focused discussion that we often have is always helpful.”

Provider contact details
King Edward’s Consortium
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
West Midlands. B14 7QJ
Telephone: 0121 4416680
NASBTT contact details
Alison Hobson, Executive Officer
Address: The Priory Centre
63 Newnham Avenue
Bedford. MK41 9QJ
Telephone: 01933 627049
Mobile: 07925 805399
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