Further information available on UCAS. Search now for Kernow Teaching School Alliance and Apply for a place on our programme through UCAS from the 18th October

Please note the link above will show our programmes from 2016 until UCAS opens on the 18th October

We want you to train with us, but why would you want to train with the KTSA?

The question has to be why wouldn’t you want to train with us? The Kernow (Cornish for Cornwall) Teaching School Alliance was designated in 2014, bringing together outstanding educational providers from all educational phases from Nursery to Post 16 and Higher Education. We are based in the beautiful county of Cornwall and have secondary and primary ITT partners across central Cornwall. Whilst the School Direct programme is demanding there will be time to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer. We are delighted to be in partnership with the internationally renowned Russell group University at Exeter.

On completing our School Direct programme with Exeter you will gain credits towards your Masters degree. As a University of Exeter student you will have access to the all university facilities and their ITT education team are on hand to support you throughout your programme.

All of our schools are experienced in delivering Initial Teacher Training with Exeter and have a passion for supporting new entrants into the profession. It is a stated aim of the KTSA to ‘grow our own’ whether that be NQT’s or future school leaders and whilst the programme does not offer guaranteed employment we would hope that you would be interested in beginning your career with us or returning to us at a later stage should the opportunity arise. Our partnership is led by Outstanding schools, Outstanding Leaders and Teachers and we are fortunate to be able to draw on this expertise to give you access to high quality training and support.

Our designation as a Teaching School means that we are involved at the forefront of educational developments, supporting other schools, training future leaders and engaged in research, opening further opportunities to widen our student experience. We hope that you will want to find out more and look forward to welcoming you into the partnership.

How School Direct works;

School Direct enables schools to:

  • select and recruit their own trainees
  • agree the content and focus of the training programme depending on the needs of both the trainees and the schools

School Direct is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider in this case the University of Exeter

There are 2 types of School Direct training places available.
School Direct (tuition fee) places

These places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee.

Trainees may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship.

School Direct trainees can apply for Student loans. Find out more on student finance

School Direct (salaried) places

These places are aimed mainly at graduates with 3 or more years’ work experience. However, schools can decide to accept applications from candidates with less work experience to attract high quality candidates in hard to fill subjects. Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher. Both routes carry the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and some may also lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). We do not have any salaried places this year.

We offer a one year Initial Teacher Training (ITT) School Direct PGCE programme (non salaried) in both the Secondary and Primary phases.

Apply to be a teacher with the KTSA

The opportunity to apply for a place on our programme will open on 27th October 2015. You can search for our places under the Kernow Teaching School Alliance. We have places for both the primary and secondary phases. The secondary curriculum vacancies  that we wish to recruit for are listed below:

English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Music, Art and Design, Religious Education, Geography, Computer Science, Modern Languages,

Applications for teacher training are made through UCAS Apply here

Our programme

As a KTSA School Direct trainee you will be able to gain experience in schools from Day 1. Our programme begins at the beginning of the School year and ends when you complete your programme with Exeter. Along the way there are many opportunities to visit other partner schools and to benefit from the additional training opportunities that are open to staff in our partnership schools.

University of Exeter – School Direct Distance programme

Primary Programme On the Primary programme you will spend 2 terms in your home school and 1 term in your second school with opportunities for further training at our partner schools.

Secondary Programme On the secondary programme you will spend 2 1/2 terms in your home school and 6 weeks in your second school with opportunities for further training at our partner schools. Details of the individual programmes can be found listed with their subject or phase description

Recruitment process

We adhere to the National requirements for recruiting to Initial Teacher Training programmes and adhere to Exeter University entry requirements. If applicants meet the National criteria and Exeter criteria they are then put forward for shortlisting by our ITT lead team.

If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we’d advise you to take a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before starting teacher training. You can only do these in England and in certain subjects.Successful applicants are then invited to interview.

Our interviews will usually comprise of:

  • A formal interview with members of the ITT team.
  • A pre – set task to be delivered in a short teaching episode to an appropriate group of students.
  • Primary – A Literacy & Numeracy test for those who have not passed their Professional Skills tests prior to interview.
  • Secondary – A Literacy test for those who have not passed their Professional Skills tests prior to interview.
  • Interview decisions will not be communicated to applicants directly through the partnership but through the UCAS system.

All of our interviews take place in schools within the partnership. If you would like to speak to us about the programme please contact us through the contacts page