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School Direct: Train to teach with the FCTSHA

Are you, or someone you know, interested in training to become a teacher?

Did you know that you could train at one of our local schools?

Now renamed The Five Counties Teaching School Hub (South Glos and BANES), formerly the South Glos TSA and NEXUS TSA, we are one of a growing number of providers leading the way in ‘on the job’ teacher training.

Teacher training is really important to us because it means we can develop trainees into outstanding teachers and help deliver the best possible outcomes for our children. We are offering a school based School Direct PGCE (tuition fee) course which is a great choice if you want to spend more time training in the classroom as part of the school team. You will have the chance to complete placements in two of our schools and learn from outstanding teachers. The majority of our previous trainees have been employed within our schools. We have vacancies for September 2023 and we’d love to hear from you if you’re thinking of becoming a teacher. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, a passion for teaching and who want to inspire the next generation. Our programmes are accredited by the Cabot Learning Federation SCITT (School Centered Initial Teacher Training) 

If you would like to apply to become a teacher and train at our alliance schools, please visit the new DfE Find postgraduate teacher training website. https://www.find-postgraduate-teacher-training.service.gov.uk/


What is School Direct: PGCE (tuition fee) route?

Our School Direct PGCE route offers a mix of school based learning blended with professional development training and academic learning which results in a PGCE.

This route enables you to draw on the expertise of your placement schools; the Alliance mentor; Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and the HEI over a year of training. Together this group organise and manage your programme. This is not a salaried route and so normal tuition fees apply. We offer a supportive, friendly and intensive route where you are made to feel part of the school team from day one whilst you are training.

Why train with the Five Counties TSH (South Glos and BANES)?

  • - We work in partnership with you, deciding together which school you will be placed in
  • - We have outstanding practitioners at all levels who are experienced mentors
  • - You learn on the job through observing and working alongside outstanding practitioners
  • - We offer a tailored training package to give you the training you need to become an outstanding practitioner too
  • - You become a part of the school team from day one
  • - We have SEND specialism with two of our schools having an attached resources base
  • - All of our previous trainees have secured full time employment, most of them within the Alliance or other local schools
  • - We offer a range of placement schools to diversify your experience
  • - You gain a PGCE at the end of your training with the option of credits towards a Masters degree
  • - All of our schools are within a 2 mile radius

The Training Programme

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. 

Right from day one, you will be treated as a member of staff and will be expected to take part in all aspects of school life. As a trainee teacher you will attend all staff meetings and CPD opportunities at the school. All of our trainees work with their school-based trainer who is responsible for supporting and guiding the trainee’s professional development and ensuring that they have the opportunities that they need both within the school and drawing on expertise from other schools. You will have two school placements in contrasting settings in one of our partner schools in order to widen your experience.

The staff in our schools are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record for delivering high quality training and professional development. They have high expectations and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. These practitioners are in the best position to prepare trainee teachers for excellence in their own practice. They will endeavour to support you in many different ways through coaching and mentoring, observations and feedback to ensure that you have the best possible preparation and training for embarking on your new career.

Training in school progresses from observing and working alongside an experienced teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups, and later for the whole class during the academic year. Your progress is assessed through regular formal and informal monitoring of teaching competencies leading to profile reviews and assignments which link education/subject theory with the teaching and learning in the classroom.

For the PGCE route, the University aspect of the course brings together trainees from a range of areas and schools, giving opportunities to network and engage in and reflect on different experiences. You will have access to their extensive library and personal tutor for support. When you qualify, you will achieve a PGCE with QTS and you will also have the opportunity to gain Masters credits through your training.