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Hales Valley Teaching Hub


We are an outstanding national Teaching School established in 2012. We are based at Lutley Primary School in Halesowen, West Midlands. We offer Primary and Early Years PGCE School Direct courses as well as many other professional development courses for school staff such as the Outstanding Teacher Programme

Hales Valley Teaching School offer the following Teaching Programmes:

Specialist Leaders in Education

Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.

Professional Development

Outstanding Leadership in Education Programme

The Outstanding Leadership in Education is a bespoke coaching based programme written by the author of the nationally acclaimed suite of programmes that make up the OLEVI Teaching & Learning, Leadership and Coaching Syllabus. With strong leadership an essential part in the success of organisations, schools and colleges driving forward the quality of Teaching and Learning, OLE gives delegates the opportunity to explore their own leadership style and build upon their generic skills towards effective leadership.

Outstanding Teacher Programme Designed by experienced and successful school leaders his highly effective programme gives your outstanding teachers a set of skills and strategies they need to take their teaching to the next level.

The programme will enable them to:

  • Deepen understanding of the key aspects of outstanding teaching and learning
  • Develop a common language of teaching and learning
  • Raise performance in the classroom by encouraging creativity and developing more innovative practice
  • Develop coaching skills to develop the practice of others and become a more reflective practitioner

The programme is a key part of the OLEVI portfolio of school to school support, which is helping to increase capacity and drive up standards in school.

Beyond M2: Improving Teacher Programme

Designed by experienced and successful school leaders this highly effective programme gives your improving teachers a set of skills and strategies they need to take their teaching to the next level.

The programme will enable them to:

  • Improve their own teaching practice in order to provide their pupils with the best possible learning experience
  • Improve standards in their classroom and school
  • Increase their job satisfaction and quality of experience

The programme is a key part of the OLEVI portfolio of school to school support, which is helping to increase capacity and drive up standards in school. This programme will help your teachers to consistently deliver good quality lessons that have a measurable impact on pupil performance.


We are proud to announce that we are part of the new NPQ Alliance, led by Ambition School Leadership.This is a national Alliance that brings together over 50 multi-academy trusts, teaching school alliances and teaching schools – including Ark, Outwood Grange and Oasis Community Learning – with regional school groups from across the country. We will deliver the NPQs through the Alliance’s experienced facilitators, tailoring programme content to meet local challenges and each leader’s development needs.


The main focus of this programme is to ensure that all participants increase their confidence, capability and impact as a middle leader. The course will empower participants to proactively develop a strong network to support them in their first steps in leadership. Participants will be assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar.The programme will comprise six modules delivered in two half day sessions and two full days. Content will cover all assessment requirements with six areas of focus being:

School to School Support

Keith Sorrill  - NLE - Windsor Academy Trust

Appointed to the Headship in January 1999 the school was in serious weaknesses.  In 2000 OFSTED removed the category and the school was recognised as one of the most improved in the country.  Windsor is a mixed comprehensive of 1650 students aged 11-19 with a record of high academic attainment.  In 2010 the school opened a Sixth Form which has over 250 students at present.

Keith trained at Loughborough in Physical Education gaining a BEd (Hons) and began teaching in Stafford, moving to Handsworth Grammar in Birmingham and then as Head of Department at an Inner City Boys School, Lordswood in Birmingham as Head of Department.  During 10 years there, Keith was Head of Year, Senior Teacher and Head of Sixth Form before moving in 1993 to Deputy Headship responsible for Curriculum to Cannock Chase High School, an 11-19 Mixed Comprehensive of 1600.

As well as gaining an MA at Warwick in 1999, from 1986-2000 Keith coached England Men and Wales Ladies International Hockey teams as well as winning National Championship and Cup with Cannock 2000 – 2002.

He has worked as Secondary Consultant to the DfE, School Workforce Group for three years finishing in 2005, is a member of ASCL Council and sits on the Star Chamber at the DfE which deals with all aspects of data collection for Local Authorities and Academies.  He is a National Leader of Education and Windsor is a National Support School.

LLE- Local Leader of Education

If you are a headteacher and want to work with other schools to improve pupil outcomes, you might want to apply to be a local leader of education.

In addition to leading your own school, you would have a coaching and mentoring role with a headteacher whose school is in challenging circumstances.

The goal of the local leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

There are currently over 1,800 local leaders of education.

What a local leader of education does

The majority of the work of a local leader of education is one-to-one support of another headteacher.

Typical activities include:

  • negotiating objectives for improvement
  • coaching and mentoring the headteacher to develop skills, judgement and professional effectiveness
  • supporting or arranging coaching or training for staff in the supported school

Each placement is negotiated separately with the relevant local authority, teaching school, or other organisation.

Schools that are a priority for support are those where:

  • attainment is below the minimum standards
  • the school is considered to be vulnerable
  • a new, first-time headteacher has been appointed

Support must be focused on:

  • school improvement
  • the needs of the beneficiary organisation

Who are the LLEs that work with Hales Valley?

Jeannette Mackinney - CEO of Hales Valley Trust and also an OfSTED inspector

Rebecca Cox – School Improvement Director of Hales Valley Trust

Both Jeannette and Rebecca carry our Pupil Premium reviews as part of Hales Valley Teaching Hub.

Jeannette has been a Local Leader in Education since 2010. Rebecca has been a Local leader of education since 2014.

They have both provided support for numerous schools both across Dudley Local Authority, the West Midlands and beyond.

Since 2012 they have worked with an Academy Chain in Essex, Requires Improvement and Special Measures schools in Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham and Walsall and have led Middle Leader training and Outstanding Teaching & Learning training across Halesowen.

Initial Teacher Training

About School Direct

School direct is school-led training course which gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one learning from experienced, highly-skilled colleagues and immediately put your new skills into practice.

The School Direct programme will allow successful trainees to achieve Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Here at Hales Valley Teaching Hub, we offer three different routes into teacher training.

The two routes we offer which are validated by the University of Birmingham are:

  • Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7) which has a total of 60 Masters level credits plus a QTS qualification.
  • Early Years Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7) which has a total of 60 Masters level credits plus a QTS qualification.

The third route we offer is in partnership with Haybridge School Centred Based Initial Teacher Training:

  • Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7) which has a total of 60 Masters level credits plus a QTS qualification.

Successful applicants will have access to teaching placements within one of our 20 partner schools within Dudley and neighbouring local authorities. The teaching experiences will place the trainees working alongside outstanding classroom practitioners.

For more information of School Direct visit

Why choose Hales Valley Teaching Hub?

  • Excellent support and bespoke provision to meet the individual needs of our trainees.
  • P.G.C.E. School Direct delivered in partnership with the University of Birmingham or Haybridge Allaince SCITT and 20 schools.
  • 100% pass rate at good or better grades and 100% employment rate once qualified since we began offering the programme
  • 100% of past trainees rated the course as good or better—70% rated us outstanding
  • Experienced Hales Valley mentor designated to each trainee throughout the year

Course Overview

The courses will begin in September 2020 and last for one academic year with a trainees time being divided between school based placements (approximately 80%) and structured training days (approximately 20%) which will take place either Hales Valley Teaching Hub or at one of our partner organisations (University of Birmingham/Haybridge Teaching School Alliance) and focus upon key educational theory and practice.

On the 38 week programme a trainee’s time is divided between Teaching Experiences and structured training sessions looking at subject delivery and wider professional issues. The teaching commitment will build up over the year: 50% in the Autumn term, 70% in the Spring term and 80% in the Summer term. During the course trainees will be supported by their school-based practitioner who will be a good or outstanding teacher and leader with in the school.

Trainees will be assessed on a combination of evidence gathered during the teaching experiences, a range of tasks linked to Hales Valley/partnership workshops as well as three formal assignments that focus on key areas of teaching and learning.

Applying for School Direct 2020

All teacher training applications are made through UCAS. We will be accepting applications for both our Primary and Early Years School Direct programmes as soon as the UCAS system opens in October.

Trainee Requirements

We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential with a commitment and enthusiasm for working with our children. It is important that trainees have school based experience. Should you be thinking about school direct and lack school based experience please contact us as we will be able to help you obtain this.

 The academic requirements set out by the Teaching Agency to enter the profession are:

  • A grade C (or better) in GCSE English, mathematics and science
  • A degree class 2.2 or above
  • Successful completion of skills tests in English and maths (support available for maths skills tests at

For further information on School Direct via Lutley Primary School, and their strategic partners, please contact Belinda Hale at or

Fees and Funding

The cost of undertaking the programme is £9250 with Birmingham University and £9000 with Haybridge SCITT. Once individuals have accepted a place, they can then make applications for tuition fee loans through Student Finance England, to cover the cost of their training. Bursaries and Scholarships are also available to eligible individuals to part or fully fund their training.

Full details can be found on the Department for Education website,

Quality Assurance

We are currently undergoing some research into the quality of our ITT provision through a research reflection portfolio. We are looking at current research and wider reading about ITT and how people learn. We are then comparing our practice in order to help measure the effectiveness of the programme we provide. 'How Hales Valley Teaching Hub's School Direct Programme Reflects Educational Research' is an evolving document that will respond to current research, and the findings will impact on the training we provide.

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