Initial Teacher Training

Apply For School Direct

The application round for September 2017 ITT courses are open and we still have vacancies for Primary and Secondary tuition fee routes.

All applications should be made through the UCAS website. Our code is 1DR.

*NEW for September 2017:- We have Primary tuition fee vacancies with our partner schools on the Isle of Wight. UCAS Code 34JF

Please Email for further information.

In this Section

  • About Portsmouth TSA School Direct
  • School Direct Routes
  • Partner Schools
  • How do I apply?
  • School Experience
  • School Direct Train to Teach events
  • FAQs

About Portsmouth School Direct

If you are looking to train in a highly successful teaching school which supports training predominately in school, then our School Direct teacher training is for you. With our School Direct programme you will be supported and trained in one of our Alliance schools, alongside experienced teachers and mentors. We extend our support to pre-application, so you are in the best position to be shortlisted. Follow this link to see our forthcoming Train 2 Teach events.

Our School Direct training ensures you feel part of the school community and that you gain real life experiences. We interview all applicants in our alliance schools and once accepted, you will have a further opportunity to meet the staff and pupils in the summer term before you start. Our trainees have loved this experience as they feel fully prepared when they start in September. We also run a highly successful 2 day pre-course training which this year will be on 12 & 13 July 2017. This is before you start on 1 September 2017.

Once in school, you will have a personal mentor and continuous support though the alliance. Our School Direct places can be found within the UCAS search under Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance 1DR. Training lasts for one academic year and on successful completion you can achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and 60 master’s credits through one of our HEI partners.

Our new Isle of Wight School Direct Primary training places, offer you the opportunity to train and achieve QTS.

School Direct routes

There are two pathways into School Direct teaching one is salaried and the other Tuition fee.

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. Funding is provided to the school which partly pays for the trainee’s salary and teacher training. Please Email for further information.

Trainees on this scheme are awarded PGSE, QTS, 60 Master’s credits though one of our HEI partners University of Portsmouth or the University of Chichester.

Tuition fee (Non-Salaried) School Direct Route

This route is where trainees pay the tuition fee. There are some generous teacher training bursaries available for shortage subject areas e.g. Science, Maths, Modern Languages, English. Depending on the subject area and your degree classification, you could get up to £30,000 tax free.

You can see on UCAS which places are salaried and which are Tuition fee. Whichever route you apply for, you will need the following:

  • A Minimum of a 2.2 degree
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths (Including GCSE Science for Primary)
  • To have passed the QTS skills tests in English and Maths before starting the course (not before interview)

Please email for further information.

School training placements in Secondary are in:

  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary Computing
  • Secondary D&T
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Geography
  • Secondary Maths
  • Secondary MFL
  • Secondary PE
  • Secondary Physics

For a list of our primary and secondary schools please see our Alliance Members page.

Primary places are offered in

  • Primary General
  • Primary SEN (please apply in 2018 as places full)

Classroom experience and School experience programmes

Gaining classroom experience before starting your initial teaching training (ITT) is essential, without it how do you know teaching is for you? You need to gain at least two days experience before interview and we offer you school keeping in touch days in your host school before you start in September. Try contacting a school to arrange a visit, make use of the school experience programme (SEP) or contact us if you require some help.

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