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 and 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 (Recognised by Ofsted as being an outstanding school in the last two inspections)
  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 Experiences days’. NSTA School experience days download. 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 2019 – 2020 School Direct Programme are detailed in the table below. Please be aware that we close recruitment on 1st July 2019. Click on the HEI link to go to the relevant website.

Subject Higher Education Institute NSTA Home School
Art and Design Plymouth Marjon University Churchill
Design and Technology (DT) Plymouth Marjon University Backwell
Geography University of Bristol Churchill
Modern Foreign Language (MFL) University of Bristol Churchill
Music University of Bristol Clevedon, Nailsea
RE University of Bristol Nailsea

Our current vacancies are also available on the UCAS Teacher Training search tool (Look for the link titled ‘Search for courses’ on the home page, then enter ‘Backwell’ 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. We are listed as Backwell (North Somerset Teaching Alliance).