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    Initial Teacher Training 

    The RTSA has offered Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct scheme since 2012. School Direct is school-centred meaning that trainees spend a whole academic year training alongside experienced practitioners, in addition to benefitting from support from University tutors, one day per week. On successful completion of the course, trainees gain a PGCE plus QTS. The beauty of this route into teaching is that often trainees gain employment in the school in which they trained or gain employment within the Teaching School Alliance. The RTSA offer a unique package of training and support which previous trainees have rated as “second to none.”

    • School Direct Overview

      The School Direct route enables the highest quality graduates an opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a unique, school supported way.

      This exciting way of training alongside outstanding practitioners in our schools will allow you to gain the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that will allow you to embark on a personal journey towards being an excellent teacher and future leader.

      There are two separate School Direct training routes:

      • School Direct Training Programme is for high quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. You may be eligible for a bursary, which is currently up to £30,000 to support you while you train.
      • School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for high quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train.

      For further information on the RTSA School Direct Programme please see our brochure below. 

      • Why train with the Redhill Teaching School Alliance?

        As an outstanding teaching school, heading an alliance of almost forty schools, we are offering an opportunity to work with highly experienced professionals from primary, secondary and special schools. With such a range of professionals and settings, we are able to tailor a training experience to meet the needs of our trainees.

        We work in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to train outstanding teachers who make a significant difference to their students, their schools and their profession. NTU is an established and successful provider of initial teacher-training and education-related courses. Staff at our school work with the experienced researchers and practitioners at the University to design and deliver our courses which can be tailored to meet your individual needs. These courses carefully blend significant hands-on teaching experience in our schools with the critical thinking and theoretical underpinning that is so important for the teaching profession. The University offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which can be obtained alongside the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. National surveys show that NTU’s trainee teachers highly recommend their course, and over 9 out of 10 are employed in a teaching role in the year following graduation – well above the national average. Many go on to progress successfully into leadership roles. 

        Not only will you benefit from the skills and experiences of the University staff, at the same time you will be placed in one of our schools from the beginning of the autumn term. You will be part of a school team and made to feel like a true member of staff, by staff and students alike. You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

        Most of your training will take place within the environment of one of our alliance schools, delivered by expert and outstanding practitioners, enhanced by attendance at the University. You will have a main placement school to which you will be assigned from September. You will then undertake a six week second placement at one of our other alliance schools in the first half of the spring term. You will gain experience of at least two Key Stages and in addition, will have the opportunity to spend a day in a special school environment.

        What we offer:

        •Specialist staff in all curriculum areas

        •Support in the application of effective teaching and learning methodology

        •Outstanding classroom practitioners and lead practitioners

        •Strong educational leadership and management

        •Successful proven track record of school to school support

        •A full programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities at all career stages

        •Bespoke alliance CPD events for trainees

        •A large cohort of trainees

        •Research opportunities

        •Strong partnership with Nottingham Trent University

        •ITT Mentors

        •NQT support

        •Employment opportunities across the alliance

        •Placement schools with good transport links, located in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham city and Lincolnshire

        •Opportunities in Science through our role as a Science Learning Partner school

        • How to apply; fees and funding information

          To apply for a School Direct training place, you must submit an application via UCAS as this is a post-graduate training course. Please refer to the UCAS website for more information on how to apply:

          School Direct routes have tuition fees associated with them. If you choose the training (unsalaried) route you are charged £9,250 in tuition fees by Nottingham Trent University, the standard rate for postgraduate courses. In terms of funding, you are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses. Those from the UK or EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance. Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in priority subject areas; the level of the bursary is dependent on your degree level and the subject you wish to teach. Scholarships are available from a number of sources.

          Please refer to the DfE website for the latest funding information:

          • Professional Skills Tests

            Booking the skills tests:

            You can book you skills tests once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre. 

            What you will need to bring:

            Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.  (links to  

            You will also need to bring proof of their teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

            ·       a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training

            ·       correspondence from your school or university

            ·       a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form

            ·       confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

            For more information please visit:

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