A one-year programme centered entirely in our Plymouth schools, where you will be part of a school team from day one.
You will benefit from a full 40-week schedule from the start of term in September 2023 to the end of the Summer Term 2024. Complementing your time learning the job in school you’ll receive training from our Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) and HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school experience. SLE Learning Hubs have been developed across the city to support subject and pedagogy specialisms.
Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences.
Trainees are ready for employment after completing their course and support will continue to be provided in your NQT years from your employer, Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Teaching School Alliance.
The training will include:
Plymouth Marjon University Academic Modules and Four Conferences.
PTSA Subject Knowledge Schedule (Majority of SK sessions are PTSA SLE led)
Oracy session for all trainees
PTSA School Direct trainees are placed in a Plymouth.
The host school placement is the school where you will work for most of the academic year.
You will have a Subject Mentor and a PTSA school-based Professional Tutor in school to support you.
You will have a second placement to gain teaching experience in a complementary school.
The HEI provide professional study support and a QA tutor for the PTSA school-based Professional Tutor to link with.
For all trainees, the PTSA School Direct programme follows the academic year in the Host School. That is, it will begin on the first day of school in September and finish when the school year ends in July.
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.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Tuition fees apply
About the training provider
Plymouth Teachers and School Alliance (PTSA) is an inclusive teaching school serving the schools of Plymouth and the region. The PTSA benefits from a mature ‘blended’ model of delivery alongside Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Learning Partnership Community Interest Company (PLP CiC). The two lead schools are High View Primary and Prince Rock Primary (Learning Academies Trust).
In addition to our inclusive values, we also seek to promote collaboration and evidence-informed practice. These values underpin our work. Evidence of this can be seen in the 50 schools that contribute to our teaching school alliance, our unique approach to CPD, and the wide-variety of collaborative partnerships and programmes that we offer.
We benefit from working alongside our partners in the Plymouth Local Authority, Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth University. We also collaborate with our regional teaching school neighbours and access expertise at a national level.
We believe in a practitioner-led and school-led system and help facilitate this at all levels. We also strive to have training and support available to all educational professionals regardless of where they are in their career, from trainee teachers to CEOs.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
LAT Central Office Salisbury Road Primary School St Judes Plymouth PL4 8QZ
Support and advice
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