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Apply for TELA School Direct Teacher Training

 science club                    Life as a teacher is challenging, varied, and highly rewarding.

Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA) Secondary School Direct Initial Teacher Teaching offers you all the opportunities, training, support and rewards you need to develop and build a stimulating and successful career in teaching.

Our TELA School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme supports you to become a qualified teacher; you need to successfully complete the School Direct Teacher Training and by doing so, you’ll achieve ‘qualified teacher status’ – or QTS and PGCE accreditation Master level credits (University of Leicester 60 Masters credits / Loughborough University (PE only) 90 Masters credits, Warwick University 90 masters credits).

If you are interested in becoming a teacher with the Thomas Estley Learning Alliance;

Have you got the qualifications?
To be a secondary school  teacher you need a degree and a GCSE grade C or equivalent in Maths and English. Your degree should be relevant to the subject you want to teach. If you don’t have that you might want to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course  . Before you can start teacher training you will need to take the professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them before the start of the course.

Is your knowledge of the profession up-to-date?
If you haven’t been in a classroom since you were at school, it’s probably a good idea to start speaking to any teacher contacts you may have to find out how the curriculum may have changed and learn from their inside knowledge of the profession. You can also visit online communities to learn about new education policies and changes to the curriculum.

What age range do you want to teach?
For secondary teaching  you’ll teach 11–18 year olds. Getting some classroom experience with this age range is vital to your application.

What subject do you want to teach?
If you want to teach at secondary level, your degree should be relevant to the subject you want to teach. If you don’t have that then you might have to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course

Do you have enough school experience?
This is a vital part of your application – you’ll need to show that you have spent time in a school observing lessons. It can also help you decide which age range you want to teach, if you’re not sure. If you don’t know where to start we can help you get some School Experience, please see the section on this website.

What financial support is available?
Different teacher training courses have different funding options. Teacher training is currently offering big tax-free bursaries and scholarships for outstanding graduates, especially in certain subjects in secondaryteacher training  Find out what funding you might be eligible for


How do you apply to Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA)?

When you’re ready to apply, you’ll need to do this via the UCAS Teacher Training site. Search for Thomas Estley to apply for our School Direct Initial Teacher Training course.