At the Poole TSA we run a Primary School Direct Initial Teacher Training Programme in conjunction with The Learning Institute. Our vision is to develop and prepare the teachers of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver creative and challenging teaching and learning in the Primary setting.
We have been running our School Direct programme successfully for 6 years now. As a teaching school, we tend to have a smaller cohort of trainees. Working in a tight-knit group enables our trainees to really get to know each other and form a supportive network. We pride ourselves in providing individualised support preparing our trainees for the career ahead of them.
Our recruitment for our 2020-2021 cohort is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications as we have filled all of our places. However we would still love to hear from you if you are interested in applying for the following academic year.
If you don’t have a degree but are interested in pursuing a career in teaching, The Learning Institute facilitate a Foundation Degree out of a hub in Poole and the Poole TSA are involved in administrating and hosting this course at Broadstone Middle School. Please visit their website for further information.
Information on the eligibility criteria for being accepted on to teacher training programmes can be found on education.gov.uk website.
At Poole TSA, we require a degree (in any subject) at 2:2 or above and Maths, English and Science GCSE at C or above. In terms of the GCSEs required, if you do not have the above subjects in A-C grade, don’t panic! We would recommend that either you take the relevant GCSE outside of the recruitment process, or alternatively we can facilitate an equivalency test in any (or all subjects) if you are successful at interview. Poole TSA will pay for a first attempt. If a second attempt is required, candidates will need to pay a £50 fee.
Although work experience is not a requirement, we would recommend that anyone applying to School Direct has spent some time in a school. We have already supported many successful school experience placements so if you would like us to arrange one for you please get in touch: we would love to help.