Information for Candidates

Why apply to us?

Each School Direct trainee is assigned to a class in the base school with a teacher-tutor, overseen by an experienced mentor.  Meetings with your mentor are scheduled weekly as you are supported in your ongoing development as a teacher. The Teaching School Operational Lead and University tutors will also be available for support throughout the year.

Training commences by working alongside the class teacher, initially with small groups of children and gradually builds up to working with an entire class. Your training will include a second placement in a contrasting Alliance school, and a major benefit of training with the Portswood Teaching School Alliance is the wealth of diversity within our schools. Trainees build an excellent foundation for their teaching careers – through the experience of teaching pupils with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds.

Trainees will benefit from high quality training delivered through their host school, schools within the Portswood Teaching School Alliance and subject specialist university tutors. We also collaborate with other local Teaching School Alliances to allow the best package of support to be developed. Our school based training is delivered by outstanding practitioners who are at the cutting edge of classroom pedagogy and can offer a wealth of experience and practical strategies.

We have maintained a substantial university based input into our programme, which means that not only will you benefit from the training and support of subject specialist tutors, you will also have the opportunity to meet and train with a large number of other trainees in your subject or phase specialism.

In 2016-17 all of our trainees rated the training provided by the Portswood Teaching School Alliance to be at least good, with over 90% rating it as excellent. Once trainees have successfully completed their training year, the PTSA also offers a whole range of training programmes to support you as you move through your career.

Any further question from prospective candidates regarding School Direct, please contact the following:

Roisin Philip – email

How to Apply

The Portswood Teaching School Alliance is offering School Direct places for 2018-19.  All salaried (primary) places are now filled but applications are being accepted for training places.

Places for 2018-19 will be available and we will be calling for applications from the most able graduates in the region who demonstrate a passion to teach. Applications will be accepted from October 2018.

For general information about School Direct and how to apply please click here

Further information about Initial Teacher Training is available on the UCAS website.

  • The School Direct (salaried) Training programme is open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience
  • You must have at least 2 weeks’ work recent and relevant experience with in a school setting
  • You must have a UK undergraduate degree, preferably with a 2:1 or 1st class classification (or equivalent if you have studied outside the UK- consult for further details). However, a 2:2 would be considered if the candidate could demonstrate particular strengths within other areas.
  • You must have at least a C grade in GCSE English and maths for secondary, and in GCSE English, maths and science for primary teaching.
  • Ideally you will have passed the literacy and numeracy skills tests prior to submitting your application, or will have registered to undertake the test.
    See Skills Tests (link to skills tests)

For School Direct places, the selection of trainees is led by the Portswood Teaching School Alliance, with representatives from alliance schools and the University of Southampton.  All applications will be screened for eligibility, entry requirements, prior experience and references prior to interview.

The highest calibre applicants will be invited to interview where a range of tasks will determine the suitability of each candidate for the School Direct Programme and whether a conditional offer will be made.

Monday 25 June 2018

Southampton University ITT Open Evening, 5:30pm-7:00pm at the University of Southampton.