Growing talent, pursuing excellence, together. We offer School Direct primary and secondary initial teacher training places in Partnership with the University of Leicester School of Education, Warwick University (Drama, Art and Design & Textiles) and Loughborough University (PE).
We offer primary and secondary PGCE accreditation including Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Master level credits (University of Leicester 60 Masters credits / Loughborough University (PE only) 90 Masters credits) For secondary training in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Foreign Languages (French), English, History, Geography, Drama, Design & Textiles (Art, Textiles & Food Technology) as well as Physical Education across our alliance family. This School Direct secondary PGCE combines school based and university based training, as well as personalised inputs and customised pedagogy and leadership training programme from the Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA). All Schools Direct teaching placements are in local hubs within our TELA family and associated Leicestershire schools. We aim to attract and train the very best teachers; tomorrow’s leaders in education. We work with 20 other schools (primary and secondary) as their lead School Direct training school, offering around 50 places a year.
This is a non salaried route. Cost is £9000, and bursaries are available for certain subjects areas– see www.education.gov.uk. While the intention is that the School Direct training will lead to employment, we cannot guarantee that this will take place, although support to gain employment will be given, and a high quality, leadership based NQT programme will be in place in Year 2 for all appointed teachers.
I’ve really enjoyed my experience at Thomas Estley Community College. I feel lucky to have come here for my phase A. My co-tutor and the rest of the department has been fantastic.
I could not have asked for a better school to begin my teacher training in.
Free, government funded experience at Thomas Estley Community College available in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French/ Spanish and Geography if you have a degree in these or related subjects
School experience placements/ volunteering also available at Thomas Estley and our partner schools in English, Citizenship and other areas – contact us for details.
Spend time in the classroom and speaking to current and recent trainees to make up your mind about whether this is the right career for you.
Come and meet the Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA) at any of the upcoming events or contact Jo Robotham in school
Our training leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), a post graduate certificate of education and masters credits, in collaboration with a range of local university partners
Need school based experience for your PGCE / School Direct application?
The programme will allow you to spend time in a subject area, shadow a class and find out about all aspects of school life and a teaching career, as well as visit partner primary and upper schools. Click here to view our TELA School Experience 2014 2015 flyer or contact Jo Robotham 01455 283 263 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Days One and Two are flexible and will give you experience in your chosen subject department. These days can be booked on a variety of dates over the academic year. Days Three to Ten are offered as a fixed block of dates and cover the following;
Please contact email@example.com to register your interest in attending this academic year.