Poole TSA

Improving education across Dorset

Get into teaching

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.

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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.

Current courses

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Professional development
13th December 2019

SEND and Barriers to Learning Conference

Join us for our three day teacher training three day discussing SEND and barriers to learning.

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Professional development
01st October 2019

Quality First Teaching Programme

Raise the knowledge, understanding and practice of all teachers through a rigorous and responsive programme.

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Professional development
24th September 2020

NQT Programme 2020-2021

New beginnings on the road to excellence. The right start to your teaching career.

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Professional development
24th September 2019


Designed for those in their second year of teaching, developing leadership skills, curriculum intent and more.

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If you’d like to speak to someone in person about becoming a teacher, don’t hesitate to contact us today or join us at one of our information sessions found on our events page.