Initial Teacher Training

Portsmouth TSA School Direct

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance 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 via UCAS open on 26 October 2017 for SD ITT places starting September 2018. We have training places available in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Search for Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, our code is 1DR.

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?

If you are looking to train in a highly successful teaching school which supports training predominately in school, then our School Direct (SD) teacher training is for you. Our high-quality training and mentoring is at the heart of our successful initial teacher training. We will support you to become a confident, knowledgeable and skilled practitioner by providing a high-quality learning experience matched by outstanding 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.

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 the PTSA. Please Email for further information.

Trainees on this scheme are awarded either a Level 6 PGCE with QTS or Level 7 PGCE with QTS and 60 Master’s credits though one of our HEI partners (University of Portsmouth, University of Sussex or the University of Chichester).

Tuition fee (Non-Salaried) School Direct Route

This route is where trainees pay their tuition fee (for 2018-19 £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

Our UCAS page shows which places are salaried and which are tuition fee. Whichever route you apply for, you will need the following:

  • A degree of 2.2 or above
  • GCSE grades C or above in English and mathematics (including GCSE science for Primary)
  • Pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course (not before interview)

Please email for further information.

School training placements in Secondary are in:

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

Primary places are offered in

  • Primary General
  • Primary General (SEN)