About this training programme

Schools Direct training will be delivered by Specialist Leaders of Education and Senior Leaders from our alliance schools and this will be enhanced by training and support sessions provided by Kingston University. Our mentors are outstanding teachers and are also required to undertake training to develop their mentoring skills. This includes coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. The level of guidance and advice that trainees receive is of an exceptionally high standard and we pride ourselves in the successful relationships we foster with each student.

In addition to this, you will be part of a strong team of students who will meet regularly to train, share experiences and build on good teaching practice adding a support network accessible throughout the year.

Course Content

During the course of your training, you will gain experience working within different settings and with children of differing abilities. This will ensure that you receive a broad understanding of the range of teaching required to suit the differing needs, ability and socio-economic backgrounds of the pupils.


The Valley Teaching Schools Alliance works in partnership with Kingston University and students work towards their PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Schools Direct offers 2 types of training places:

  • School Direct (Fee-paying)

Open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may be eligible to receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership;

  • School Direct (Salaried)

The second is for graduates with approximately 3 or more years of career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school within the alliance and their salary and training is subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Further information on this programme is available at : School-led training - Get Into Teaching - Department for Education