About the course
A one-year programme centred entirely in our Plymouth schools, where you will be part of a school team from day one.
You will benefit from a full 40-week schedule from the start of term in September 2018 to the end of the Summer Term 2019. Complementing your time learning the job in school you’ll receive training from our Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) and HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school experience. SLE Learning Hubs have been developed across the city to support subject and pedagogy specialisms.
Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences.
Trainees are ready for employment after completing their course and support will continue to be provided in your NQT years from your employer, Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Teaching School Alliance.
The training will include:
Plymouth Marjon University Academic Modules and Four Conferences.
PTSA Subject Knowledge Schedule (Majority of SK sessions are PTSA SLE led)
Oracy session for all trainees
Teaching Schools such as PTSA and Teacher Training providers in the South West are in the process of reviewing and forming their course offers for 2020-21 and beyond, in response to a Department of Education system review.
We want to give successful PTSA applicants added security, should training providers merge to form a larger regional hub. Therefore all PTSA School Direct offers for 2020-21 will be guaranteed by Marjon University, and a place on the appropriate PGCE programme protected should you choose to accept.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
How school placements work
PTSA School Direct trainees are placed in a Plymouth.
The host school placement is the school where you will work for most of the academic year.
You will have a Subject Mentor and a PTSA school-based Professional Tutor in school to support you.
You will have a second placement to gain teaching experience in a complementary school.
The HEI provide professional study support and a QA tutor for the PTSA school-based Professional Tutor to link with.
For all trainees, the PTSA School Direct programme follows the academic year in the Host School. That is, it will begin on the first day of school in September and finish when the school year ends in July.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Tuition fees apply
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Minimum 2:2 Undergraduate Qualification
Maths and English GCSE Grade A-C
About the training provider
The Plymouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) is an inclusive teaching school serving the schools of Plymouth and the region. The PTSA benefits from a mature ‘blended’ model of delivery alongside Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Learning Partnership Community Interest Company (PLP CiC). The two lead schools are High View Primary and Prince Rock Primary (Learning Academies Trust).
In addition to our inclusive values, we also seek to promote collaboration and evidence-informed practice. These values underpin our work. Evidence of this can be seen in the 50 schools that contribute to our teaching school alliance, our unique approach to CPD, and the wide-variety of collaborative partnerships and programmes that we offer.
We benefit from working alongside our partners in the Plymouth Local Authority, Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth University. We also collaborate with our regional teaching school neighbours and access expertise at a national level.
We believe in a practitioner-led and school-led system and help facilitate this at all levels. We also strive to have training and support available to all educational professionals regardless of where they are in their career, from trainee teachers to CEOs.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Training with disabilities and other needs can be supported.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Douglass House, Douglass Road, Plymouth, Devon PL3 6NP
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