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Our partnership

The Kernow (Cornish for Cornwall) Teaching School Alliance (KTSA) 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 (SD) programme is demanding there will be time to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer.


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

Our HEI partners

We are delighted to be in partnership with the internationally renowned Russell group University at Exeter & the University of St Mark & St John. On completing our School Direct programme you will gain credits towards your Masters degree. (which you can continue with the KTSA in your NQT year)

As a University of Exeter  or the University of St Mark & St John 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 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 partnership has two designated Teaching Schools and a comprehensive school improvement programme. 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 ITT School Direct student experience. We hope that you will want to find out more and look forward to welcoming you into the partnership.

“KTSA puts the trainee teacher’s interests and development as a teacher at the forefront of everything.”
Name: Justin Holmes
Courses Studied: PGCE School Direct
Educational Background: 1st class honours Education (Primary), 9 years teaching English as an Additional Language in Vietnam and 5 years Engineer in the Royal Navy

Find out more about ITT here

Supporting Newly Qualified Teachers

The KTSA offers an NQT programme for both Primary and Secondary school teachers. We welcome NQTs from across Cornwall and neighbouring areas to participate in our programme. The KTSA is registered and approved to act as an Appropriate Body

Find our more about our NQT offer here