Initial Teacher Education & Training
What is School Direct?
School based teacher training in a Plymouth school.
School Direct is designed to give graduate degree students, experienced professionals and industry people an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling our schools to develop exactly the teachers they need. Your partner school will immerse you in outstanding teaching practice and will guide you on your journey become the best teacher you can be.
Why choose PTSA?
The PTSA School Direct training model brings together all the necessary elements required for excellence in Initial Teacher Education and Training. Our combination of expert school based practitioners, Specialist Leaders of Education and University (HEI) partners bring teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school based setting. We nurture our talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow you to put theory into practice as you develop into an outstanding practitioner
The PTSA alliance comprises of 16 secondary schools from PLT (Plymouth Learning Trust), 67 primary schools linked by PLP (Plymouth Learning Partnership) and 8 SHAP schools (Specials Heads Association of Plymouth) – all fall under the collective umbrella of PTSA.
Schools in the alliance are usually all centred in or around the Plymouth area.
Which courses are offered by PTSA for September 2017 entry?
Our HEI partners are University of St Mark and St John for all Primary places plus Secondary Biology, English, Geography, Modern Languages and Physical Education and Plymouth University for Secondary Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics and Physics.
What does it cost?
PTSA School Direct training places are open to all graduates. The programme is fee-paying and costs £9,000. Financial support such as a student loan, a bursary from the National College of Teaching and Learning (NCTL) or even depending on subject demand and degree class a scholarship is usually available to support you while you train
What do I get?
- Training leading to the award of a P.G.C.E Post Graduate Certificate of Education (including up to 60 Masters credits) with Qualified Teacher Status.
- A dedicated host school and mentor with a contrasting placement school both within the alliance. You become part of our Plymouth schools family.
- Shared training across the alliance giving you the opportunity to learn best practice from a wide range of schools and outstanding practitioners.
- HEI provider input from our partners: Marjon and Plymouth Universities.
- The ability to be able to teach from the completion of the programme with QTS.
- An expectation of employment within the alliance, directly at your host school or with Supply+ our own very special supply agency.
How do I apply to PTSA?
All PTSA School Direct applications, for both Primary and Secondary courses, are via UCAS. Search for Plymouth Teaching School Alliance. Or click on the link below. The PTSA team look forward to receiving your application.
What are the entry requirements?
- An undergraduate degree (Minimum 2:2 classification) awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
- You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C or above in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics for applications to training providers in England.
- If you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 (Primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C or above in a GCSE Science subject examination.
- For Secondary PE we will be particularly looking for Maths as a secondary subject.
- Graduate TAs looking to make teaching their career have proven to be a good fit with this model of teacher training.
All candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.
The PTSA selection process
We will be notified once you have applied for a PTSA School Direct training programme via UCAS. A panel of experts will review your application form and you will receive an update via UCAS about a decision. If your application is successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend an interview day at one of our Alliance schools. There will be an introduction to PTSA and there’ll be an opportunity for us to observe you interact with a class and also with your peers. There will also be our own written literacy/numeracy test alongside a formal interview Q and A session. Secondary candidates will also need to evidence their subject knowledge level (certification) and we suggest that you bring along a portfolio of your subject knowledge and experience.
What financial help can I get?
Just click the link above for the latest details for trainees. DfE funding page link is here for bursary and scholarship incentives.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will be a PTSA teacher trainee – NOT a University student. It is not like a ‘normal’ University PGCE placement course. You will be selected by one of our family of schools and be in school from day one. You will receive your subject knowledge from our expert practitioners.
PTSA School Direct programmes last for one academic school (not University) year. Successful completion of a PTSA School Direct course will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and a PGCE postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and Masters credits (up to 60) where applicable.
Fees are the same as a University PGCE – £9,000 for all subjects.
The PTSA Team
Dr Jim Rogers – Director of Teaching and Learning
Jen Eastwood and Fallon Wiese