For all School Direct enquiries please contact Deborah Outhwaite at or call 07712 674474.

University of Derby

What is School Direct?

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Initial Teacher Education

School Direct is a course that shows you the skills that schools are looking for in a newly qualified teacher.  Working in conjunction with the University of Derby and two placement schools from the local area, the schools recruit you as a trainee with a job at the end of the course, subject to application criteria being met.

The course lasts 1 year and results in QTS, PGCE and 60 credits towards a masters.

We’re passionate about providing high quality Initial Teacher Training & Education (ITTE) in a full time school-based setting. This offers you the best possible opportunities to completing your training successfully and become an outstanding teacher. DTSA has strong links with the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the Derbyshire area and is uniquely placed to offer training at Primary level on Science to help with the course content and practical ideas for teaching. This is important in securing a teaching post within the Derby and Derbyshire area because of our strong STEM economy. This comes at no additional cost for our School Direct placements.

Read more about this school-centred teacher training programme here

Become a Primary or Secondary School Teacher

You will work with two schools rated as good or better which gives you the chance to learn in the classroom and “on the job”.  Our schools work in partnership with us so you will be part of a team from the outset, receive a mentor to help you through the course and have intensive support from experienced teachers within a school setting.  By working in two different schools it enables you to experience Primary education in different Key Stages. We also offer short periods in other contexts to develop your skills and knowledge based on your development needs.

Train to be an outstanding teacher with Developing Teachers Schools Academies (DTSA) and know that each day, you’ve made a difference. Our schools believe in moulding new teachers to be the best that they can be and will help you work towards working in a classroom on your own as if the class was yours.

If you are interested in spending a day in a primary or secondary school contact Deborah Outhwaite at or call 07712 674474.


We have over 50 schools within the alliance in Derby City, Derbyshire and Staffordshire and we can offer you a great variety of schools to enable you to train in a setting that matches your experience.

This excellent range of partner schools gives a real strength to our School Direct programme providing trainees with many opportunities to learn and develop in a range of contexts.

 Join Developing Teachers Schools Academies (DTSA) and our excellent teacher training programme.

See young people learn, grow and progress everyday. 

Learn more here

Click on the image below to visit our YouTube Channel to hear our students talk about their experiences on our School Direct route into teaching, and meet our hub leaders to find out more.

YouTube TV

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate potential and show strong commitment to teaching. You may also be looking for a change in career. We have trainees from all walks of life including industry and career changes.

Available Funding

School Direct funding with DTSA

How do I apply?

Apply to School Direct with DTSA

What Qualifications Will I Gain?

School Direct Qualifications with DTSA

Why Choose DTSA

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