Primary partnership


The Primary Partnership currently works with approximately 500 educational settings - across the early years, foundation stage, Key Stage 1 and 2.   

We value the expertise and opportunity offered by our diverse partners and celebrate the consistently high quality experience that all learners are offered. These long established relationships have built links for teaching placements and future employment.          

Our work includes both initial teacher education and continuing professional development, utilising accredited learning through the Universities Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programmes.   

We benefit from the diversity of school-experience that we can offer trainee and experienced teachers – from small, rural schools in the Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside to large, urban schools in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Birmingham, and Worcester city and occasionally schools in Wales and the West Country.


Headteacher and Senior Leader Information 

A close, mutually supportive partnership with the University of Worcester brings many benefits for both individual professionals and partner institutions.

Many of our exceptional trainees return to the university or go on to find employment at our partnership schools. These trainees are employed as lead mentors, subject and middle leaders, and senior leaders and Headteachers. The diverse range of opportunities available allows our student to make a distinct contribution to their educational settings.

The University offers a range of partnership opportunities for Head teachers and Senior leaders which include;

  • Becoming a member of the Partnership Steering Committee
  • Attending the ITT Student: Staff Liaison Committee meetings
  • Supporting the interview process for future trainees
  • Delivering training and consultancy alongside university colleagues
  • Delivering sessions as visiting lecturers and assisting with professional development days
  • Research possibilities

Colleagues at the University always welcome any contact from Head teachers or Senior Leaders who might like to explore ideas further.


“We welcome students from across many courses at Worcester - they bring commitment and fresh ideas to our school.”

Julie Rees, Headteacher at Ledbury Primary School


Training information

Teachers' standards, opportunities and potential adaptions in the current context can be found in the meet the standards opportunities document.

Details of lead mentor training can be found in the following Powerpoint that includes a voice over to explain how the university is working with schools during the period of school closures and throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Becoming a Professional Mentor

If a school wishes to enter Partnership with the university it is a requirement of the Partnership that there is a recognised and trained Lead Mentor in each school. This mentor is seen as the key contact in the partnership with the University of Worcester. This person is responsible for the overall welfare and supervision of trainee teachers whilst the trainees are in school, for the organisation and quality assurance of the school experience, for ensuring, with the Headteacher, that all aspects of the Partnership Agreement are upheld, and for maintaining links with the university. Full responsibilities can be seen in the Primary Partnership Handbook.


School Experience (SE) handbooks


Get in touch

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