School-Led Initial Teacher Training

The School Direct programmes allow RSA schools the opportunity to further enhance our teacher training provision.  We have developed new, exciting, innovative programmes with highly regarded local Higher Education Institutes.

Our programmes last for one academic year (September – July), during which time you will undertake two high quality school placements across our Teaching School Alliance.  You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by our Alliance Schools and University partners.  Our ITT programmes have been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.

We strongly believe in school-led training, because we can recruit high calibre trainees and support them to become the very best practitioners and in turn transform students’ outcomes through challenging and stimulating teaching. We provide one-to-one support and access to a comprehensive and tailored CPD package, which will ensure you are fully supported during your training year and your professional development.

There is also opportunity to have a wider influence on education.  The RSA has a long history of influencing education – it had a key role in increasing girls’ education in Victorian times, and introduced the first public exams.  The RSA continue to contribute to the education debate, and there are opportunities for trainees working within the alliance to be part of this.

We endeavour to provide employment opportunities across our alliance. We are committed to retaining teachers and providing diverse career opportunities that will appeal to Newly Qualified Teachers.

Our vision is to recruit, develop and retain exceptional people. We are a distinctive Teaching School Alliance facilitating high quality training from Qualified Teacher Status to Headship. We facilitate intensive professional learning ranging from trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers, to subject enhancement and leadership development sessions. We are excited about the power of great leadership and the impact a leader can have on the lives of others. We are proud to provide high quality training and leadership experiences for students and staff.

“Abbeywood RSA Academy has provided me with a lot of time to develop personal targets in my NQT year. My mentor has been dedicated to our weekly meetings and has always been available to help whenever I have needed it. I have been able to really challenge myself at Abbeywood and I know I have learned valuable life lessons that will support me throughout the rest of my career.” - Abbie.

What we are looking for

We are looking for people who have the right personal qualities and potential to be a passionate and committed teacher to improve the outcomes for the young people we work with. While extensive experience of working with young people is not essential, it is often found that the strongest applicants are those who have shown an interest in working with young people and a willingness to get some experience of school where possible. We would prefer at least five days experience in a school environment. You are likely to be asked at interview about your experiences of being in a school, even if it just from an observational perspective.

If you are interested in training in one of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics or Computing, then we can offer you an increased salary of up to £21,000.  Please contact us for further information.

Initial Teacher Training routes offered

On completion of your training you will be awarded a PGCE with QTS; the programmes are assessed at masters (M) level. Graduates of the Schools Direct programmes will be confident, passionate, knowledgeable and reflective teachers, ready to embark on a rewarding and fulfilling career, hopefully taking up positions that arise within our partnership of schools.

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What we can offer

School Direct (Salaried)

If you are a graduate and have been working for around three years, School Direct (salaried) courses are available exclusively for you. Find out more.

School Direct Training Route

School Direct courses generally last a year, and you will train in at least two schools. Find out more.

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Application Process

Important information on how we select our trainees.

Subjects Offered

The subjects available in each of our Schools Direct training routes.

Higher Education Partner

RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance and Birmingham City University are proud to be working together to provide an innovative and creative route into teaching. Find out more.

We are looking for those who have:

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Commitment to working hard.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships.
  • Confidence and ability to engage with children.
  • Commitment to a professional team.
  • Commitment to excellence in education.
  • Flexibility.

Outcomes for Schools

  • Improved exam results
  • Improved progress within specific department or specialist areas.
  • Improved attendance
  • Improved Ofsted evidence
  • Successful Academy transition
  • Improved behaviour / discipline
  • Progress in closing the achievement gap (particularly in relation to pupils in receipt of FSM and vulnerable groups).
  • Reduction of in-school variation
  • Evidence of external accreditation

Impact on Staff

  • Improved growth, confidence and learning
  • Improved quality of teaching and learning
  • Improved CPD
  • Improved knowledge management
  • Falling rates of staff absence
  • Improved team ethos / morale
  • Increased networks / partnerships and collaboration
  • Improved development of ITT / NQTs
  • Increased willingness to secure accountability of others
  • Increased leadership profile

Organisational Impact

  • Improved internal processes and standards
  • Improved self-evaluation
  • Improved planning, including strategic planning
  • Greater focus on priorities
  • Improved financial processes and systems

Impact on Others

  • Improved views of parents, governors and others in the community.
  • Increased support for the most able pupils.
  • Greater progress by individual children
  • More developed system leadership roles locally or nationally.

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