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 experienced university partner brings together teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school-based setting. We nurture talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.
Each trainee has triangulated support provided by tutors from Plymouth Marjon University and in school subject and professional mentors. PTSA provide an additional layer of pastoral and pedagogical support. Offering pastoral and wellbeing school visits, social events, bespoke professional development and 1:1 coaching and guidance.
100% of Secondary and Primary PTSA School Direct Trainees 2019-20 secured employment in schools. Our close working relationship with local teacher supply agency, Supply Plus, means we can ensure you have the best chance of securing work on successful completion of the programme.
“School Direct trainees are perceived by Plymouth Heads as the best postgraduates to employ.” Plymouth Primary Headteacher
“I host trainees in my school as I am able to train them to the high expectations our school requires. I tell my trainees in week one it’s the longest interview you’ll ever have, and as such I have employed the last 4!!” Plymouth Primary Headteacher 2020
“School Direct students are fully immersed in the school culture and gain so much by being part of the College. My experience is School Direct are so much more prepared for their NQT year compared to other routes.” Plymouth Secondary Principal 2020
“School Direct is a great choice if you feel confident in yourself and want to get into school practice as soon as possible. You will be part of the school community from day one, allowing your face to become known by both staff, students and parents. You will also have an advantage over other teacher trainees when applying for jobs, as they start to get advertised around Easter and you will already have plenty of teaching experience by then.” School Direct Trainee 2020
“For me the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ was the main attraction. I believe the more immersive course better prepares for being an NQT.” School Direct Trainee 2019
“The SLEs who teach our subject knowledge days are inspirational, enthusiastic, current practitioners.” School Direct Trainee 2018