How Do I Apply?

Apply to School Direct with DTSA

We offer Initial Teacher Training & Education for Early Years, SEND and Primary (accredited by the University of Derby). 

What Are We Looking For In A Teacher?

  • A passion for, and dedication to, teaching and the importance of education
  • The ability to develop positive relationships with students
  • A patient, caring and kind disposition
  • The ability to develop a knowledge of all learners
  • The ability to engage all pupils in learning
  • Resilience and optimism

Entry Requirements

To apply for a place on the DTSA ITTE Primary Programme for September 2024, applicants must have:

  • A good initial degree in any subject
  • GCSEs in English, Maths and Science – grade 4 (C) or above
  • Evidence of your commitment to, and enjoyment of, working with children and younger people.

All places offered are subject to successful applicants who also meet a ‘suitability’ criteria; Enhanced DBS and ‘fitness to teach’ (mental and physical health) requirements.


How to Apply

Applications for the Primary route 2024/25 are open via DfE Apply
Search for Developing Teachers Schools Academies (DTSA), using the following course code: 2KT2

For Secondary, please contact Landau Forte Teacher Training – 


School Direct Graduation

“DTSA is a supportive alliance who offer many experiences for personal development. Their STEM connections ensure great access to a wealth of opportunities and alliance leaders are encouraging, devoted and reassuring”.

Charlotte Marriott, Primary Programme 2022-2023

What is involved in the Interview Process?

For the PGCE (provider-led, school based) primary route, you will be expected to engage in academic reading of an article which will be provided for you.  You will discuss what you have gained from the article in terms of knowledge and understanding with your peers at interview who will have read the same article. You will also be asked to bring a sample of your written work from your degree to discuss with the panel who will also be looking at the quality of your writing.  If you are unable to do this, then we will ask you to write a short educationally focussed piece of writing on the day.  You will take part in a group discussion of a safeguarding scenario with your peers talking about any matters which the scenario might raise.  Formal questions will be posed where you will be asked to have a conversation with the other peers at interview.  You will not be expected to answer individually in the format of Question/Answer.  Most of the interview will be in a group but you will have some brief time one – to one with a member of the panel.

Your Training Year

University days are spread throughout the year. These days are an opportunity to work with primary and secondary trainees and the sessions form an integral part of the work you do in school. You will be part of a large cohort of Beginner Teachers exploring the school curriculum.

From the beginning of the course, which starts at the end of August, you will be regarded as a member of staff but also as a Beginner Teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.

The practical experience is underpinned by theoretical approaches that are discussed and explored during university-based sessions. There is a focus on both ‘Schools and Society’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’ and your sessions will ensure that these aspects are closely considered in relation to your teaching in school.
As a collaborative partner of the University of Derby we follow the Core Content Framework and go on to follow the Early Career Framework.

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