Train to Teach

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School Direct Placements

Key information for School Direct Applicants

Tandridge Teaching Alliance: School Direct Programme

Our School Direct courses are designed as school-centred initial teacher training routes and, we hope, will be a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

Our School Direct courses last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS) - they award you or allow you to undertake a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Masters level credits.

This year we are only able to offer the unsalaried route but you may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and you can apply for financial support where appropriate, such as student loans.

You'll train in at least two schools in the alliance and can specify your preference of lead school should it be Downs Way School, or one of the others in the alliance. You will get the chance to learn 'on the job' - but should not worry about being thrown in at the deep end.  You'll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.  The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses too.

Our School Direct Alliance is one that allows prospective teachers to gain an opportunity to train in a dynamic educational setting.  Our alliance is located across seven successful infant, junior and primary schools, which are working in partnership to help produce high quality and well trained teachers of the future.  Our School Direct Alliance is coordinated through St Mary's C of E School in Oxted. Our alliance includes a variety of partner schools including those in mainstream; as well as Faith Schools.

We are an innovative and growing partnership, which is continually expanding and developing further links with schools in the wider community.  We invest greatly in the professional development of all our staff and those who choose to train alongside us; to ensure that the quality of our work remains consistently high and the Alliance aims to be at the forefront of pedagogical practice.  For 2017-18, we are looking to fill five places across our schools and we are working with the University of Brighton to do this.

Training within our Alliance gives you the unique opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching environments, with all our schools providing the highest quality teaching and learning for their young people and the trainees they are supporting and developing.  Within the Alliance there are extensive opportunities for future professional leadership positions and development; including an excellent locally provided NQT programme.

More information about our programme and what we can offer is available.  Please contact the School Office here at office@downs-way.surrey.sch.uk or contact Sarah Davison at sarah.davison@tandridge-ep.co.uk who will be able to answer any questions.

For general information on how to 'get into teaching' and how to apply; please use the following websites:

- UCAS Teacher Training Website

- Get Into Teaching Website

Please go to the UCAS website to view the placements and courses offered for the 2017-2018 cycle form the Tandridge Teaching Alliance.