Meet the Team

Caroline Montgomery - Head of Secondary ITE

Caroline Montgomery

Caroline joined Newman University in September 2019 to lead Secondary ITE, prior to this Caroline led the Teach First provision at Birmingham City University. Caroline regularly works with external colleagues, such as UCET and the Cathedrals’ Group to support developing and current practice within the Secondary phase. Caroline’s experience in Higher Education also includes being Secondary Programme Lead and Partnerships Lead. Prior to moving into HE, Caroline taught in a range of age phases culminating in Assistant Headship.

Her areas of research interest are Parental Engagement and Inclusive Practice. Caroline has significant experience of school governance, having undertaken school and Trust roles since 1999.

You can contact Caroline with any questions you have about studying PGCE Secondary ITE:


Secondary ITE Team

The Secondary ITE Team has members that bring a wealth of experience to their roles.

Mr Benedict Hart – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary History


Ms Sharon Holness – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary Science


Mr Martin Husbands – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary Geography


Dr John Keenan – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary English


Ms Elizabeth Plummer – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary Physical Education


Dr Scott Porter – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary Science


Mr Upkar Singh – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary Mathematics


Dr Lisa Vickerage-Goddard – Senior Lecturer PGCE Secondary Religious Education


The department is headed by the Caroline Montgomery, the Head of Secondary ITE and very ably supported by Linda Clausen and Louise Smith in the Faculty of Education Office.

All members of the team have offices in the Faculty of Education, specifically in the Darwin Building. All are experts in their subject area as well as in different aspects of professional studies within the field of education. The team would welcome an opportunity to discuss your current, or future ambitions within the teaching profession.

The academic year for our secondary teacher training programmes begin with enrolment on Friday 2nd September on campus.

Lectures begin on Monday 5th September with an introduction to the team and their responsibilities as well as signposting to important services. September will continue as a teaching block and will see an introduction to the dedicated Library Service Team, Student Services Team, professional associations including national teaching unions, members of Birmingham’s Catholic Partnership and your Students Union.

The end of the first week will culminate is a chilled get together of secondary trainees across all subject areas to catch-up with each other and share any thoughts over a barbeque as provided by our excellent Catering Manager, Ahron, here at Newman University.

Teacher training courses are a full-time commitment. When you are on placement you will be expected to attend all day Monday to Friday.

For on campus activities students are split into groups at enrolment. For some activities these will be subject specific groups, other will be mixed subjects. Required attendance will be Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.

Full details of your individual academic timetable will be available on mynewman after you have completed online enrolment and set up your student login.

We will be sharing further subject specific reading with you in September however if you wish to start reading now we would like to suggest the following:

Learning to Teach in the Secondary School – A Companion to School Experience Edited By Susan Capel, Marilyn Leask, Sarah Younie (2019)

PGCE / School Direct (tuition fee) Training Bursary 2022-2023

The Department for Education has set out guidelines to which ITT providers are obliged to comply. In order to receive a PGCE / School Direct (tuition fee) training bursary, a trainee must attend an eligible course and also be personally eligible.

As part of the online enrolment process you will be asked to sign a declaration to confirm that you have read, understood and comply with these criteria.

You will also be required to provide your bank account details. Payment of the training bursary will be made by BACS into your nominated bank account no later than the 5th of each month, commencing October 2022 to July 2023 inclusive.

Eligibility form for the Department for Education Initial Teacher Training Bursary

In order to receive a Training Bursary, a trainee must attend an eligible ITT course and also be personally eligible.

Eligible Course

To be eligible to receive a bursary, the trainee must be recruited to a qualifying postgraduate or undergraduate ITT course in England. A qualifying course must:

  • lead, upon successful completion, to a recommendation, on behalf of the trainee, to DfE for the award of QTS;
  • be delivered by an institution accredited by DfE as an ITT provider (which may be in partnership with a school for School Direct courses); and
  • have been granted an allocation of places and/or permission to recruit from DfE, in accordance with the ITT allocations methodology for academic year 2022 to 2023.

Lead school and ITT providers will only attract funding in the subjects identified in Annex A.


Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on tuition fee-based teacher training courses in England that lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Receiving a bursary or scholarship depends on:

  • highest relevant academic award
  • ITT subject

Trainees are only eligible for a bursary or scholarship if they’re entitled to support under the student finance criteria. Trainees from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should read Studying in the UK: guidance for EU students.

Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2, or if they hold a masters or PhD.

For further information and details of bursary amounts please visit the Department for Education website.

Bursaries and scholarships 2022/2023

The bursary awards are not taxable; however they may be treated as capital income for the purposes of assessing income for trainees in receipt of state benefits, as with student maintenance loans.

Bursary / scholarship awards are paid in ten equal monthly instalments from October 2022 to July 2023.

To receive the bursary / scholarship payments, the trainee must:

  • Be actively engaged on the ITT programme

Trainees must be present on the course on the first day of the month following their start date to be eligible to receive the first payment, and on the first of each subsequent month throughout the ITT programme to receive subsequent instalments.

Eligible trainees who withdraw / suspend from a course will be entitled to be paid the training bursary for each month up to, and including, the month in which they formally withdrew / suspended.

Failure to attend school placements and / or university or to communicate reasons for non-attendance may result in the suspension of bursary payments.

Personally Eligible

In order to be personally eligible for a training bursary, trainees must:

  • be an “eligible” student for the provision of UK student support;
  • be taking a qualifying postgraduate or undergraduate ITT course in England
  • hold a UK first degree or equivalent;
  • be notified by their ITT provider in writing that they are eligible;
  • comply with the terms and conditions of the bursary scheme; including
  • promptly informing the ITT provider of any changes in bank account and address details
  • promptly informing the ITT provider of their intention to withdraw / suspend from the course
  • signing a declaration of understanding to the effect that they expect to seek a teaching post in England on successful completion of their course.
  • not be in possession of, or eligible for, QTS;
  • not be undertaking paid teaching work which contributes to their training when in receipt of the bursary; and
  • not be simultaneously undertaking any other ITT course, training scheme or programme leading to QTS

Trainees are not personally eligible if they:

  • Already hold QTS; or
  • Are on a School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

Annex A: List of subjects eligible for a bursary:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology (including engineering and food technology)
  • Geography
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Languages
  • Physics

This list is exhaustive; DfE will not provide bursaries for any subject that does not feature in this list.