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School-Led Initial Teacher Training

The School Direct programmes allow RSA schools the opportunity to further enhance our teacher training provision. We have developed new, exciting, innovative programmes with highly regarded local Higher Education Institutes.

Our programmes last for one academic year (September – July), during which time you will undertake two high quality school placements across our Teaching School Alliance. You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by our Alliance Schools and University partners. Our ITT programmes have been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner.

We strongly believe in school-led training, because we can recruit high calibre trainees and support them to become the very best practitioners and in turn transform students’ outcomes through challenging and stimulating teaching. We provide one-to-one support and access to a comprehensive and tailored CPD package, which will ensure you are fully supported during your training year and your professional development.

There is also opportunity to have a wider influence on education. The RSA has a long history of influencing education – it had a key role in increasing girls’ education in Victorian times, and introduced the first public exams. The RSA continue to contribute to the education debate, and there are opportunities for trainees working within the alliance to be part of this.

We endeavour to provide employment opportunities across our alliance. We are committed to retaining teachers and providing diverse career opportunities that will appeal to Newly Qualified Teachers.

Our vision is to recruit, develop and retain exceptional people. We are a distinctive Teaching School Alliance facilitating high quality training from Qualified Teacher Status to Headship. We facilitate intensive professional learning ranging from trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers, to subject enhancement and leadership development sessions. We are excited about the power of great leadership and the impact a leader can have on the lives of others. We are proud to provide high quality training and leadership experiences for students and staff.