What is ELTSA School Direct?

With the ELTSA School Direct programme you will be able to work towards a PGCE,  and gain qualified teacher status while training in schools who thrive on  developing the next generation of outstanding teachers.

By Joining the ELTSA programme you become part of the school community and train as a professional from day one.  In partnership with the Pennine Lancashire SCITT, our programme is designed and delivered by outstanding teachers with a proven track record of developing future teachers and leaders.  Many of the staff involved are themselves specialist leaders of education and are experts in their fields.

Why complete your Teacher Training with us?

  • Outstanding staff; experienced and fully trained mentors who are committed to developing the next generation of outstanding teachers.
  • Employment opportunities; schools in our partnership engage with School Direct because they are seeking to recruit outstanding teachers. In fact completing your training with ELTSA means that you are part of our “interview guarantee” when applying for a post in an ELTSA school.
  • Innovative programme design; from partnership conferences and subject knowledge enhancement to leadership development, we pride ourselves on delivering a programme which is bespoke to the needs of our future teachers.

Which schools are involved in our School Direct partnership?

Located in Accrington with excellent access to the region, our partnership is led by the Hollins; a National Teaching School and developing outstanding teachers through School Direct is central to our core purpose of providing the highest possible standard of education and care.

The partnership is growing with more primary and secondary schools joining and ready to recruit. To see which schools are members of ELTSA visit the partner pages under “About Us”.

What does our School Direct programme look like?

School Direct programmes vary from partnership to partnership so it is important that you are aware of the key features of our programme.  These include;

  • Regular Partnership Conferences (on Fridays) with trainees from the PLSCITT led by Specialist Leaders of Education and practicing teachers. These conferences focus on a full range of professional practice including Behaviour for Learning, SEND & Inclusion and Assessment.
  • Subject knowledge is deepened in both placement schools and University days
  • Quality support and feedback are crucial to your development as a teacher. You will be assigned your own school-based mentor; outstanding teachers who have been trained in coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Trainee Teachers are fully integrated into the life of the school –they are involved in residential trips, extra-curricular activities, attached to a form group and have a lunch & break duty which they do alongside an experienced colleague.
  • Mock interview days will prepare you for employment opportunities – all ELTSA trainees are guaranteed an interview at ELTSA schools (providing you meet the person spec)
  • Enrichment opportunities in Tor View School and transition experience in primary & secondary schools in the partnership will broaden your understanding of education.

Useful Information

Course Fees:

There is a charge to students for the PGCE course,

In 2017/18 this was  £9250 for the PGCE

Depending on your specialist subject, you may be able to apply for a bursary.  You can read more about bursaries and scholarships.  There is information about these here;


Please note the information is subject to confirmation and may change.


Our 2019-2020 entry requirements for our ELTSA School Direct programme are as follows:

* A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course. If you are in your final year, a successful outcome should be predicted by the referee.

* A standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course.

* You are required to undertake, and successfully complete, Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

* If a formal offer is accepted, applicants will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

*Subject enhancement courses are available for some secondary subjects. If your degree subject does not link to your chosen teaching subject, we can arrange for you to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.

Prior experience in a school is not required before applying but you may find this useful. We are more than happy to arrange this, if you so wish.

How to apply

Go onto the Department for Education (Find postgraduate teacher training service) website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses-in-england and search for us by postcode BB5 2QY “ELTSA School Direct” or provider code 2KB


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