You will do a combination of subject and pedagogical learning in School and with your HEI link.
Formal assessment for the School Direct programme takes place throughout the year in partnership with your HEI link partner.
Assessment takes the form of assessed practical teaching against the Teachers’ Standards and course work assignments set by your HEI link partner.
Successful completion of the programme requires passes in practical teaching and in all assignments; the marking criteria for both scales are against a comprehensive range of criteria explicitly linked to the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. (QTS).
If you are successful in being offered a School Direct placement with the NSTA you will choose which school you would like to be your ‘home school’ from the range of partner schools wishing to train in your subject.
For more information relating to subjects on offer in schools please check the detail of this on our website NSTA Website
All of our schools are easily commutable from Bristol; two schools are slightly further south and situated on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. Seven of our nine partner schools are 11-18 provision. All of our schools provide a highly supportive and aspirational environment in which to train. One that offers the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
Each School Direct trainee will undertake two placements, a longer placement starting in their ‘home school’ and a second shorter placement usually taking place in one of our other partner schools.
For more information about the general nature of placements please check our website NSTA Website
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
Equivalency tests may be considered through a third party provider. Please contact us for further information.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. You are looking to enter an exciting and demanding career and you will need to be resilient, honest and brave.
Your commitment should be demonstrated by meaningful, recent experience of working with young people of this age. For example, you may have been involved with some experience in schools through visits you have organised.
We expect applicants to come from a wide range of backgrounds and, therefore with a wide range of skills. This is a strength of the programme as it allows us to use your differences to learn with and from one another.
All applicants will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child and adult workforce, as well as clearance by your HEI Link Occupational Health department.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Your tuition fees are paid to our link HEI.
Financial support from the training provider
For information about financial support please refer to the information shared by our link HEIs.
About the training provider
The North Somerset Teaching Alliance is a fantastic place to work and learn; located as it is close to Bristol City centre and surrounding area.
A trainee’s thoughts: ” A big thank you! I have had an incredible experience. Everyone was very welcoming, helpful and encouraging which made the hardest part of this year easier for me. I feel very lucky to be part of a wonderful team.”
This is an inspirational partnership of nine secondary schools, some of which have achieved outstanding ratings. Our vision is to ensure a clear pathway of the highest quality training and succession opportunities for School Direct trainees in partnership with our HEI partners.
The NSTA guarantees successful School Direct trainees an interview in its partner schools should a vacancy arise in a suitable post.
We create an environment in which staff, students and trainee teachers’ feel valued and supported. We have a strong track record of working with trainee teachers for many years and fully embrace the energy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to a school community.
Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that our staff are our most valuable resource, ambitious and confident, and therefore provide access to high quality on-going training and professional development opportunities. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
About the accredited body
The University of Bristol is a valued partner in providing our NSTA School Direct programme. It’s education programme is rated outstanding by Ofsted.
You will benefit from full access to a dynamic facilitator of both innovative and traditional approaches to teaching and learning. You will spend time studying your subject specialism with peers at the University and then developing these skills with training in the school setting. You will have two mentors, one at your home School and a University based mentor to guide you through your year.
Backwell and Churchill schools lead the North Somerset Teaching Alliance recruitment in ITT. Its partner schools; Broadoak, Chew Valley, Chilton Trinity, Clevedon, Gordano, Kings of Wessex and The Blue School will be hosting subject based interviews on behalf of the Alliance.
If you are invited for interview you will receive full details of what will be expected of you in a letter of invitation. You will experience a programme which will include: you taking a small group of students through an activity that interests you (20 mins), time spent with subject staff, students and a formal interview process.
We work closely with our HEI link partner in the selection process. You will be expected to be familiar with key issues and developments in secondary schools - especially those in your subject area. It will help you to read the educational press and to talk to teachers and those currently undertaking teacher training. Our interview procedure is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the School Direct places available.
The best preparation for interview is a visit to a school or schools where possible. Talk to teachers and students, try to evaluate what is being learned and how the teachers encourage the learning to take place. You will be expected to discuss these observations in your formal interview; where we will be looking for your ability to analyse your experience and show a deeper understanding of the learning process.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Backwell School, Station Road, Backwell, Bristol, BS48 3BX Backwell Bristol North Somerset BS48 3BX
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).