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. 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.
  4. All North Somerset schools lie within commuting distance of Bristol
  5. Led by Backwell School and supported by Churchill Academy
  6. 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 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.

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 2021 – 2022 School Direct Programme are detailed in the table below. Please be aware that we close recruitment on 1st July 2021

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

Higher Education Institute links

Our current vacancies are also available on the Postgraduate teacher training courses search tool (Look for the link titled ‘Search for courses’ on the home page, then enter ‘North Somerset Teaching Alliance’ into the ‘Search for a training provider OR select a region.’ box and select ‘Search’. This will show an up to date list of available courses.

School experience days

We run a programme of events across our schools.

Please click here to see flyer outlining scheduled dates and venues.  Please note that due to Covid-19, these could be subject to change.