Thomas Estley Community College


TELA Initial Teacher Training

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 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.

Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training in maths, physics, chemistry or a language because of your subject knowledge confidence. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme.


Application for the Thomas Estley Learning Alliance School Direct programme for 2015/16 academic year are NOW open on UCASTT 

Applications for 2016/17 are expected to open on UCASTT in October 2015

To apply visit UCAS TT and search for Thomas Estley

For more information;

See the Thomas Estley Teaching Alliance (TELA) website

If you are interested in applying for TELA School Direct Initial Teacher Training 2015/16, please register to attend one of our Information Evenings next term prior to applications opening in October 2015.

15 September , 13 October or 2 December

Register at :

Please confirm the date you want to attend, if you are interested in primary or secondary school training (if secondary, please confirm your subject)

Quotes from our School Direct students 2013 /14

 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.


Have you ever considered teacher training?

Feel like you have lots of questions? Considering Teaching but not yet sure?    

Why don’t you:

Visit us for some School Experience?

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 

Telephone 01455 283263  / email

Please see the University of Leicester website for full details of their events

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?

School Experience Programme;

Spend between one and ten days in a secondary school environment and benefit from a carefully crafted programme of opportunities and input

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

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;

  • Student experience tracking and today’s curriculum.
  • Focussed lesson observations and paired discussion.
  • Departmental activities and a chance to plan a lesson to teach.
  • Pastoral issues, safeguarding and student experience tracking.
  • Inclusion: focus on SEN and our embedded special school.
  • Focus on KS4 and KS5 learners at our partner upper school.
  • Focus on primary learners at our partner primary school.
  • Planning, next steps in teaching and a chance to teach a class.

Please contact to register your interest in attending this academic year.




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