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, 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 or Plymouth Marjon University. 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 (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 Somerset/Somerset
  4. All schools lie within commuting distance of Bristol.  Two schools are slightly further south and situated on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills.
  5. A wider pool of peer-support from joint sessions with the NSTA School Direct cohort and PGCE students

Key Information

We recommend prospective trainees attend one of our ‘School Experience days’. To book a place please contact Helen Twiggs at

All applications must be completed online using the Government’s Apply for teacher training service. Unless you have a specific query, your contact with NSTA will only start once your application has been successfully completed and processed by 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 2022 – 2023 School Direct Programme are detailed in the table below. Recruitment opens on the 12th October 2021 for a September 2022 start.  Please be aware that we close recruitment on 1st July 2022.

Places are allocated as people apply throughout the year and courses stay open until they are full.  Apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Subject Higher Education Institute NSTA Home School
Art and Design Plymouth Marjon University Churchill
Computer Science Plymouth Marjon University Broadoak and Kings of Wessex
Design and Technology (DT) – NO VACANCIES Plymouth Marjon University Backwell
Drama – NO VACANCIES Plymouth Marjon University tbc
English  University of Bristol Backwell, Broadoak, Chilton Trinity, Churchill, Clevedon, Gordano, Kings of Wessex
Geography  University of Bristol Backwell, Chilton Trinity, Churchill
History  University of Bristol Chilton Trinity
Mathematics  University of Bristol Backwell, Broadoak, Chilton Trinity, Gordano, Kings of Wessex
MFL  University of Bristol Churchill, Clevedon, Kings of Wessex
Physical Education (PE) – NO VACANCIES Plymouth Marjon University Backwell, Churchill, Clevedon, Gordano, Kings of Wessex
Psychology – NO VACANCIES Plymouth Marjon University Churchill
Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)  University of Bristol Chilton Trinity, Churchill, Clevedon, Gordano, Kings of Wessex

Higher Education Institute links

Our current vacancies are also available on the Governments Find Postgraduate teacher training search tool

Within the search tool you can search by area or by training provider.  We are listed as ‘North Somerset Teaching Alliance’.

This will show an up to date list of available courses.