School Direct

PTSA School Direct is the entry point to Plymouth Primary and Secondary Schools, offering a one year school-based programme where trainees are part of a school team from day one.  School Direct trainees benefit from a full 40-week schedule. Complementing their time learning the job in school trainees receive HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school Key Stage experience. SLE Learning Hubs have been developed across the city schools to support subject and pedagogy specialisms. 

Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences. Trainee teachers who successfully complete all modules are awarded a P.G.C.E. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (including up to 60 Masters credits) with Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct is designed to give experienced professionals and higher class degree students an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling schools to develop exactly the teachers they need.

The PTSA School Direct model brings together all the necessary elements required for excellence in Initial Teacher Education and Training.

Our combination of expert school based practitioners and University (HEI) partner brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school based setting. We nurture our talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.

UCAS Teacher Training Apply 2018 is live and PTSA will be holding interview rounds throughout the academic year.
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PTSA Train to Teach Event - 12th December 2017

We are looking for people who:

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Commitment to working hard.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships.
  • Confidence and ability to engage with children.
  • Commitment to a professional team.
  • Commitment to excellence in education.
  • Flexibility.

We can offer you:


If you are a graduate or currently working as a Teaching Assistant, School Direct (non-salaried) courses are available exclusively for you.


School Direct courses generally last a year, and you will train in at least two schools.

For Further Information on our School Direct Programme

To find out more information on our School Direct Programme please contact PTSA via email or by telephone on 01752 785891.

See below what people say below about working with the PTSA

School Direct was the only route I wanted to take into education, because it offered the mix of full-time, in-school experience and weekly lecturing from current professionals that I felt was so unique about the course. I enjoyed my time on the course and would recommend it to anyone looking to get into teaching.

- PTSA School Direct Trainee -

Plymouth Teaching School Alliance provides highly responsive, focused and effective school improvement support. The mix of both local and regionally sourced support adds flexibility, ensures school gain from the best of practice, and enables them to benefit quickly from bespoke advice, guidance and improvement work.

- Secondary Headteacher -

School to school support work is the bedrock of effective improvement, working with and learning from the best practitioners and system leaders. Sharing excellence matters more than any ‘off the shelf’ product and that is where Plymouth Teaching School Alliance works best: providing access to support and advice from those who are successful and know what works best.

- Secondary Headteacher -