Why should I join the CTA?
We believe that the single most significant factor of a child’s success in school is the quality of their teachers. The Catholic Teaching Alliance is, therefore, dedicated to developing staff with high expectations and a clear understanding of how to create a learning environment in which their students can flourish. Our focus is on developing teaching and learning through innovative ideas, creativity and intelligent collaboration. Our strong and supportive network is based on the shared values of our schools and colleges.
We at the CTA are passionate about developing a generation of outstanding teachers and want to provide as much support as we can to ensure committed, enthusiastic and capable people make it on to our teacher training scheme.
We run an extensive CPD programme including two Early Career Conferences in the autumn and summer terms and School Study Visits in the spring term, providing networking opportunities and the chance to observe teaching in other schools within the Catholic Teaching Alliance, in line with both your university studies and personal areas of development. Opportunities for school-based research and reflection, along with the sharing of outstanding expertise within a business-like model form the heart of our work.
An induction programme will be provided in school to supplement your university provision. The weekly sessions will cover a range of topics relevant to your training, including safeguarding; lesson planning, marking, as well as pastoral aspects. You will be fully involved in the life of the school attending parents’ evenings and participating in school trips.
About the University Course
School Direct Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching and places are aimed at graduates with three or more years’ work experience. Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher and this route results in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The programme is a combination of school-based training and university-based training. Trainees will spend most of their time in school and will attend a maximum of 15 university days. You will also have full access to materials on the university portal which will support your ongoing learning and development.
The Primary School Direct Programme with the Catholic Teaching Alliance offers training for the 5-11 age group (with placement in Key Stages 1 and 2).
Salaried School Direct at St Mary’s