Welcome to School Direct Teacher Training with the North Somerset Teaching Alliance (NSTA)

School Direct is a school-led route into initial teacher training (ITT). It is run as a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited Higher Educational Institute (HEI) teacher-training provider. The NSTA, in partnership with University of Bristol or Plymouth Marjon University and other schools in our teaching alliance, lead a successful School Direct programme which has been in operation for many years.  Our model blends the best of school based teacher training with high quality training support from either of these universities.  The linked university is determined by the chosen subject.   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 in one of our partner schools the following year. One of the benefits of School Direct is the immediate immersion in school life from the start of the academic year. School Direct allows trainees to participate as active members of the community from the off. Working from September through to July allows trainees to build lasting relationships with students and colleagues in a school which is confirmed from outset.