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Ashbourne Dove Valley TSA Primary (2XS8)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

There are 20 places for 2021/22!

The ADVTSA provides teaching placements for the whole academic year; meaning you are in a school throughout the year rather than having short blocks in a school and other blocks at University. The University and CPD part is done weekly, where you will have one day out of school each week to have training with the rest of the trainees- these will be based either at The University of Derby or at a location chosen by the Alliance. These training days are focused specifically on a particular area of the curriculum, or teaching in general, and are delivered by professional University lecturers or experienced teachers who specialise in the given area and who are therefore extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subject.

ADVTSA works in true collaboration with placement schools, as it believes that investing in the School Direct Programme will contribute positively towards the education of young children, so enforcing teaching and learning.

What makes us stand out: -The personal touch- we spend a lot of time matching the trainee to a school to ensure the experience is as effective as possible for both the trainee and the school. Consideration of where you live and how far you have to travel is also of high priority to us. We support you throughout the year and are always on the end of the phone.

-All our schools are Ofsted rated ʻgoodʼ or ʻoutstandingʼ.

-Part of our training programme offers support writing personal statements and interview preparation guidance and modelling.

ADVTSA will give you:

  • Academic input and professional studies from our HE partner Derby University, leading to qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Derby University is the awarding institution.

  • Experience across two placements in the differing Primary Phases. (Four days a week in School and one day a week of training in the Alliance Hub or at Derby University.

  • Enrichment opportunities in a variety of educationalist establishments. (Three weeks)

Assessment: Three practical performance assessments (one each term)

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School placements

Candidate schools are selected depending on distance of travel from their home. No more than 15 miles. We offer primary training in 3-7 years and 5-11. We currently partner with 31 schools.

You will be placed in a ʻMainʼ placement school for the Autumn Term (September to Christmas) and will return to this school at the end of the Spring Term until the end of the Summer Term (April to July). In between (8 weeks), you will be placed in your ʻSecondʼ placement school that will be in a contrasting year group to your ʻmainʼ placement.

During the Spring Term, you will also have two enrichment weeks- you will visit schools that specialise in different SEN areas. This means that by the end of your training year, you will be provided with an extensive experience of a range of schools and age groups, to prepare you for your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher in your own classroom.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Our Programme is subject to you having the following qualifications prior to starting in September 2021:

  • A degree classification preferably a 2:1 and above, (a 2:2 will be considered for exceptional candidates)

  • GCSE (or equivalencies) in Science, Mathematics and English Language, Grade C, Grade 4 or above.

  • A clear DBS disclosure completed by The University of Derby.

Personal qualities

The ADVTSA is looking for talented hardworking individuals who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to work with young children across the Primary Phase.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Ashbourne Dove Valley Teaching School Alliance is a thriving alliance with Teacher Training and recruitment being at the forefront of its success!

  • The ADVTSA has recruited and successfully trained 43 School Direct Primary Teacher Trainees (unsalaried) from 2017 to 2020. All trainees gained a PGCE with QTS and have secured teaching positions. 15 have recently completed their NQT year, of which 5 currently support on professional aspects of the programme, for new trainees.

  • There are currently 31 schools who have actively engaged with the ADVTSA. Many schools approached the ADVTSA to join it’s high quality teacher training programme.

  • ADVTSA are excited about training another 12 School Direct Primary Trainees (unsalaried) from September 2020.

  • ADVTSA works in true collaboration with placement schools, as it believes that investing in the School Direct Programme, will contribute positively towards the education of young children.

ADVTSA will give you academic input and professional studies from our HE partner Derby University, leading to qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and 60 Master credits.

Trainee Feedback (2019-20): “Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your efforts throughout the training year. I have absolutely loved every minute of my training. Every week I look forward to our Alliance Training Day as I gain so much knowledge from them. All the teachers are brilliant during these training days and provide us with so much support.”

About the accredited body

Achieve your ambitions on one of the country’s top teacher training courses. We’ll work with you to ensure you become the best teacher you can be. Rated outstanding by Ofsted and top ten in the Good Teacher Training Guide, our course offers exciting, varied school placements. With QTS, you can go straight into your first teaching job. Learn from an experienced, lively and caring teaching team who are committed to your success: in the latest Newly Qualified Teacher Survey, our students rated their training as among the best in the country.

Interview process

The interview process would usually consist of the following:

-An Observation task; this will involve leading a group of 6 x Year 3 pupils for 20-30mins. You have a choice of either leading an activity on the theme of a ‘story’ or a ‘mathematical activity’. The time allocation will include setting up and tidying away. You will be expected to bring your own resources. -A one to one interview. -Possibly a group interview/discussion. -Maths and English review. -Interview panel will consist of ADVTSA director and headteacher.

However, due to Covid protocols, there is no confirmed process for how interviews will be conducted. Applicants will be notified following their application regarding the process for interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We provide a wide range of support for all students; this will vary, according to need. Placement schools are carefully selected to accommodate the needs of each individual trainee. All trainees will be allocated an experienced teacher as a mentor. Derby University will also allocate a University Link Tutor. The mentor and tutor will work together to ensure that all trainees, regardless of disability or needs, are supported and guided through all aspects of their training. Sue Farr (ADVTSA Alliance Leader) closely networks with Headteachers to ensure that the trainees well-being and growth is carefully overseen.

Trainee Feedback (2019-20): “I just want to say a big thank you to you for all the hard work and dedication over the year. I am extremely grateful that you made the decisions you did because it has definitely worked out for the best and I appreciate the experiences I have had. Looking back, I never thought I was going to get to the place I am today and I am very proud of how I have turned it around and become the teacher I am today.”

“I just want to say thank you for everything this year, for all the support and for always believing in me. Itʼs been a pleasure to be a part of the alliance!”

Contact this training provider

01335 343140
Osmaston C of E Primary School
Moor Lane, Osmaston

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021