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School Direct

School Direct Teacher Training


Our School Direct teacher training programme is an excellent opportunity for graduates and career changers to join the teaching profession. School Direct is a route into teaching that places the school based programme at the heart of the experience.

Our programme is primary with a 3-7, 5-11 and a SEND pathway.

We are looking to recruit graduates to begin training in primary schools across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire.

The School Direct teacher training route is led by BTSA, working in partnership with local schools and The University of Derby.

As well as Qualified Teacher Status, you will also gain a PGCE equivalent to a third of a masters degree with The University of Derby upon completion of the programme. You can be fully trained in just one year.

Why train to teach with BTSA?

BTSA is an alliance of schools, and other partners, who are working together to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Every member of the Alliance has a track record of being totally committed to delivering on this National College priority area.

  • A successful track record – 100% of trainees consistently meet or exceed expectations against the Teachers’ Standards;

  • A successful employment record – well above national success rate;

  • In partnership with The University of Derby – an outstanding ITT/E provider;

  • Opportunities for varied placements in great schools on the 3-7, 5-11, and SEND pathways;

  • A unique opportunity for an enhanced placement in SEND settings and Holland;             

  • A wide range of experts to provide practical help and support.

Hands on from the word go

On our School Direct teacher training programme, you’ll be given in-depth experience in the classroom. You will complete a main placement in a Key Stage of your choice and a second placement in a contrasting school and Key Stage. You will also have the opportunity to complete enhanced placements e.g. SEND, Early Years, as well as a week long international placement in Holland.

In addition, away from the classroom, you will receive practical training sessions from SLEs, experienced teachers and the team at BTSA. The University of Derby will also lead sessions to support your academic development.

Learn more in our School Direct FAQs or read our Testimonials from past trainees

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What qualifications do I need to train to teach with BTSA?


Applicants must have:

  • UK Honours degree 2:2 or above (preferably 2:1)

  • Maths, English and Science GCSE grade C/4 or above

  • Sound knowledge of Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 OR Key Stage 2, demonstrating a potential to train to teach

  • A personal statement submitted with application

  • References that support your potential to train to teach

School Direct programme is for people who are willing to work hard and are passionate about training to teach. Interested?

For more information please contact our School Direct Lead, Eva Cerioni, at or apply below.

Who are we looking for?


We are looking to recruit graduates to begin training in primary schools across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire.

BTSA has a strong equality and diversity ethos and therefore seeks to admit a diverse range of Postgraduate School Direct trainees in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, social background, sexuality, learning differences and special needs. BTSA actively welcomes and supports applications from black and ethnic minority candidates.

BTSA seeks to admit to its courses those applicants who by virtue of their interests, abilities, knowledge, experience and motivation will be best suited to realise their full academic and professional potential by benefiting from the educational provision of BTSA and its ITT provider, the University of Derby.

The admission of each student is based on a reasonable expectation that the applicant will be able to achieve the aims and outcomes of the PGCE Primary School Direct course and the standard required to obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

How to apply


Apply for our School Direct programme via the DfE Apply for Teacher Training website, by searching for BTSA (Bart’s Training and Support Alliance) based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent (ST3 4TP).

 To avoid disappointment, please apply as soon as possible using the button below:

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