School Direct - train to teach

Are you, or someone you know, interested in training to become a teacher?

Did you know that you could train at one of our local schools?

South Glos is one of a growing number of Teaching School Alliances leading the way in ‘on the job’ teacher training.

Teacher training is really important to us because it means we can develop trainees into outstanding teachers and help deliver the best possible outcomes for our children. We are offering two school based School Direct courses – salaried and tuition fee – which are a great choice if you want to spend more time training in the classroom as part of the school team. You will have the chance to complete placements in two South Glos TSA schools and learn from outstanding teachers. The majority of our previous trainees have been employed within our South Glos TSA schools. We have vacancies for September 2021 and we’d love to hear from you if you’re thinking of becoming a teacher. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, a passion for teaching and who want to inspire the next generation. Our programmes are accredited by the Cabot Learning Federation SCITT (School Centered Initial Teacher Training).

If you would like to apply to become a teacher and train at our alliance schools, please visit the new DfE Find postgraduate teacher training website.

There will be information webinars held virtually for interested applicants for both salaried and unsalaried programmes on Thursday 8th October 2020 at 6.00pm. If you would like to attend either, please email to book your place.

What is School Direct: PGCE (tuition fee) route?

Our School Direct PGCE route offers a mix of school based learning blended with professional development training and academic learning which results in a PGCE.

This route enables you to draw on the expertise of your placement schools; the Alliance mentor; Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and the HEI over a year of training. Together this group organise and manage your programme. This is not a salaried route and so normal tuition fees apply. South Glos TSA offers a supportive, friendly and intensive route where you are made to feel part of the school team from day one whilst you are training.

What is School Direct Salaried route?

School Direct (salaried) is an employment based route into teaching.

This route is particularly  suitable for people who have a degree and have worked in schools for a period of time as Teaching Assistants or similar roles and who now wish to train as a teacher.

A School Direct Salaried trainee will be placed in one of our schools full-time and paid for the year of the training on the unqualified teacher pay scale. South Glos TSA and the CLF SCITT provide weekly training days away from the classroom with opportunities to explore key aspects of teaching and learning with other trainees. This also provides opportunities to reflect, discuss and share issues arising in the classroom and so enable the trainee to consider their progress against the Standards for Teachers.

South Glos TSA offers a supportive, friendly and intensive route where you are made to feel part of the school team from day one whilst you are training. You will be given two school ‘placements’ in two Key Stages and in each school you will have a school based mentor.

Why train with South Glos TSA?

  • We work in partnership with you, deciding together which school you will be placed in
  • We have outstanding practitioners at all levels who are experienced mentors
  • You learn on the job through observing and working alongside outstanding practitioners
  • We offer a tailored training package to give you the training you need to become an outstanding practitioner too
  • You become a part of the school team from day one
  • We have SEND specialism with two of our schools having an attached resources base
  • All of our previous trainees have secured full time employment, most of them within the Alliance or other local schools
  • We offer a range of placement schools to diversify your experience
  • You gain a PGCE at the end of your training 

The Training Programmes

Our vision is to develop and prepare the teachers of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver creative and challenging teaching and learning in the Primary setting. 

Right from day one, you will be treated as a member of staff and will be expected to take part in all aspects of school life. As a trainee teacher you will attend all staff meetings and CPD opportunities at the school. All South Glos TSA trainees work with their school-based trainer who is responsible for supporting and guiding the trainee’s professional development and ensuring that they have the opportunities that they need both within the school and drawing on expertise from other South Glos TSA schools. You will have two school placements in contrasting settings in one of our partner schools in order to widen your experience.

The staff in our schools are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record for delivering high quality training and professional development. They have high expectations and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. These practitioners are in the best position to prepare trainee teachers for excellence in their own practice. They will endeavour to support you in many different ways through coaching and mentoring, observations and feedback to ensure that you have the best possible preparation and training for embarking on your new career.

Training in school progresses from observing and working alongside an experienced teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups, and later for the whole class during the academic year. Your progress is assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competencies leading to profile reviews and assignments which link education/subject theory with the teaching and learning in the classroom.

For the PGCE route, the University aspect of the course brings together trainees from a range of areas and schools, giving opportunities to network and engage in and reflect on different experiences. You will have access to their extensive library and personal tutor for support. When you qualify, you will achieve a PGCE with QTS and you will also have the opportunity to gain Masters credits through your training.

For the salaried route, you gain QTS at the end of the course and you have the option to complete the PGCE qualification for an extra cost.

We are offering placements at all of the South Glos TSA schools - use the links below to look at their websites to get a feel for each school. 

Blackhorse Primary

Bromley Heath Infants School

Bromley Heath Junior School

Emersons Green Primary

Kings Forest Primary

Mangotsfield CE Primary

Stanbridge Primary

St Stephens Junior