Why train with us?

We are an Ofsted 'Outstanding' Provider. Our excellence in training leads to our School Direct trainees successfully passing the course and gaining employment.

Training in school and learning ‘on the job’ alongside experienced teachers is the best way to gain first-hand experience of teaching. Your training year will be underpinned with regular theory sessions and pedagogy delivered both at our dedicated alliance training centre and University. Typically you will be based in school four days a week and attend training on day five.

We believe it is important that trainees feel part of the school environment from Day 1 so, pre covid, we hosted our interviews in school or since the changes we are interviewed online, usually with a member of staff. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and feel part of their community before you officially start in September.

To ensure you have the best start in school we deliver  pre-course training days on 12 and 13 July and 1, 2 and 3 September 2021. These training days are delivered in our dedicated training centre where you will meet fellow trainees, gain an understanding of the programme and receive the underpinning training that best prepares you for your first few days in school e.g. behaviour management, lesson observations, Teacher's Standards etc. Our trainees say they really value these sessions.

Every trainee is allocated a mentor who is a highly-experienced teacher and will offer personalised support and guidance throughout the year. Weekly mentor meetings will focus on setting short and long-term targets as well as reviewing your progress against the Teachers' Standards. You will feel like a valued member of staff as you will attend staff meetings and school training sessions. Assessment takes place in a variety of forms e.g. weekly formal lesson observations, weekly review meetings, academic assignments and gathering evidence towards the Teachers Standards.

You will be assigned a host school for the autumn and summer term and in the spring term you will spend a minimum 6 weeks in another school to teach in another Key Stage. All school placements are discussed with you and organised by the Teaching School Alliance.

On successful completion you will achieve a PGCE (we discuss the option of 60 Masters Credits) and QTS. We are so proud that we have a strong track record and 100% of our School Direct trainees pass and subsequently find employment in schools. Our alliance training was graded Ofsted 'Outstanding' in November 2018.

If you want to be part of our success, then join us on your journey to teaching.

You may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.