School Direct

School Direct with the NSTA

Train to be a teacher with the North Somerset Teaching Alliance (NSTA)

School direct programme

The NSTA, in partnership with local Higher Education Institutions, a local SCITTT and other schools in our teaching alliance, leads a successful School Direct programme.  Our model blends the best of school based teacher training with high quality training support from either the University of Bristol, Bath Spa University or Mid Somerset Consortium SCITT. Students accepted on this course benefit from being awarded a PGCE and QTS at the end of the training year, with the possibility of being employed within the North Somerset Teaching Alliance (or other partner schools) the following year.

Why Choose NSTA

Successful candidates will benefit from the following:

  1. Awarded both QTS and PGCE status at the end of training year
  2. High quality training support from local Higher Education Institution or SCITT (all 3 recognised by Ofsted as being Outstanding in the field of Initial Teacher Training in their most recent inspection reports)
  3. Teaching experience in a minimum of 2 schools based in North or Mid Somerset. All North Somerset schools within commuting distance from Bristol
  4. Led by Backwell School (Recognised by Ofsted as being an outstanding school in the last two inspections)
  5. The possibility of a wider pool of peer-support from joint sessions with PGCE students

Key Information

We recommend prospective trainees attend one of our ‘School Experiences days’. Please download the School Experience Day with the NSTA for more information. To book a place please contact Helen Twiggs at

All applications must be completed online using the UCAS Teacher Training application process. Unless you have a specific query, your contact with NSTA will only start once your application has been successfully completed and processed by UCAS.

  • Details of bursaries and funding for postgraduate teacher training are available on the Department of Education website.
  • General information on School Direct can be found on the UCAS website.
  • Use this link to download a PDF with detailed information about the NSTA School Direct Programme and how to apply.

Current vacancies and partner details

Use the Google Map link to access a map showing all partner schools and HEI providers in the NSTA School Direct programme. You can use the map to access the website of each partner by clicking on the relevant pin.
Our vacancies for our 2017 – 2018 School Direct Programme are highlighted in red in the table below. Please be aware that we close recruitment on 22nd July 2017. Click on the HEI or SKITT link to go to the relevant website.


Subject Higher Education Institute or SKITT
Chemistry University of Bristol
Design and Technology (DT) Bath Spa University
Drama Mid Somerset Consortium
Economics Mid Somerset Consortium
English University of Bristol
Geography University of Bristol
Mathematics University of Bristol
Modern Foreign Language (MFL) University of Bristol
Music Mid Somerset Consortium
Physical Education (PE) Bath Spa University
Physics University of Bristol


Our current vacancies are also available on the UCAS Teacher Training search tool (Look for the link titled ‘Search for …’ at the bottom of the green ‘1 – Do your research’ box. We are listed as Backwell (North Somerset Teaching Alliance).