Initial Teacher Training

Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance School Direct

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance (TSA) School Direct (SD) Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme offers a strong support network across a range of Secondary subjects and Primary placements from mainstream to Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Teaching is a highly demanding career and we want our trainees to feel supported, confident and well prepared for their future. We offer a continuum of support for our teacher's career development, including our fantastic Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) programme, the Recently Qualified Teaching (RQT) course through to middle and senior management schemes.

We work in partnership with our alliance schools (in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to produce the best opportunity for outstanding graduates who plan to train to teach.

Applications open in UCAS on 8th October 2019 for SD ITT places starting September 2020. We have training places available in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. 

In this Section

  • Why train with us?
  • School Direct Routes
  • Partner Schools
  • How do I apply?
  • Interview process
  • Programme and support
  • School Experience
  • What our trainees say
  • Train to Teach events
  • FAQs

Why train with us?

We are a highly successful teaching school graded Ofsted 'Outstanding'  (November 2018) with outstanding pass rates. Our strong track record means our trainees gain employment in schools. If you want to gain hands on experience then our School Direct teacher training route is for you. Our high-quality training and mentoring is at the heart of what we do. We will support you to become a confident, knowledgeable and skilled practitioner by providing excellent learning experiences matched by our support and guidance.  Training in one of our alliance schools, gives you the opportunity to work with experienced teachers and mentors. We pride ourselves that our training ensures you feel part of the school community, gaining real life experiences that prepare you for the realities of teaching.

School Direct Routes

There are two pathways into School Direct teaching one is salaried and the other tuition fee. Both routes give access to either a Level 6 PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Level 7 PGCE with QTS and 60 Masters Credits.

School Direct – Salaried

An employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by one of our partner schools and their tuition fees are paid for via a government grant.

Tuition Fee (Non-Salaried) School Direct Route

This route is where trainees pay their tuition fee (for 2020-21 £9,250). There are some generous teacher training bursaries available for Secondary shortage subject areas e.g. science, mathematics, modern languages and English. Depending on the subject area and the degree classification, trainees could get up to £30,000 tax free. Applicants can also apply for a student loan

 Whichever route you apply for, you will need the following:

  • A degree of 2.2 or above
  • GCSE grades C or new grade 4 or above in English and mathematics (including GCSE science for Primary). An equivalency test is available for those who do not have GCSEs.

Please email for further information.

School training placements in Secondary are in:

  • Secondary Art and Design
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary Computing
  • Secondary D&T
  • Secondary Drama
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Geography
  • Secondary History
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary Music
  • Secondary MFL
  • Secondary PE
  • Secondary Physics
  • Secondary RE

Primary places are offered both in Portsmouth and on Isle of Wight

  • Primary General 
  • Primary General (SEN)
  • Primary with Mathematics