School Direct teacher training goes from strength to strength…

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, an alliance of over 30 schools, has successfully recruited 15 high quality graduates onto their School Direct initial teacher training programme for 2015-2016.

The trainee teachers chose the School Direct route because they wanted to be trained, supported and mentored in Portsmouth schools.

Lynn Nicholls, School Direct & ITT lead for the Portsmouth Teaching school Alliance said, “As a teaching school we are delighted to have recruited such high calibre trainees. There are many routes into teacher training and the school-led route is becoming more popular because of the support the trainees receive from day one”.

If you would like to find out more, the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance is running Train to Teach events in Portsmouth on 2 December 2015 and 13 January 2016. For further information contact or

Portsmouth resident, Kerry Cawte from Cosham, is training at Court Lane Junior school. She said

”Following a year of voluntary work to help classes at Court Lane Junior school, an opportunity arose to join as a teaching assistant. This was a quite a career change as I was previously a Bank Manager. I have found my return to education to be a very enjoyable experience, I have the utmost admiration for teachers, many of whom inspired my new career path. I began the School Direct teacher training in September as I wanted hands-on experience. I am finding it to be a very interesting and challenging learning experience. I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity and support from both the school and the alliance.”

Helena Roche from Southsea in Portsmouth is training at St Georges Beneficial Primary School

After working in the civil service for 5 years I decided that I needed a new challenge. Teaching was the obvious avenue but to be sure I decided to gain some experience in a primary school. I really enjoyed the sense of community and problem solving breaking down the learning to individual pupil needs. I worked as a teaching assistant when I heard about School Direct and I thought it was an amazing opportunity, especially as I became part of the team and learned within the school environment. I felt nervous about the level of commitment and work required, but so far I have found the gains well worth it. I am extremely glad that I’ve taken this opportunity and look forward to the future.

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