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FAQs

  • I am not a member of TELA. Can I access any of the training and support that you offer?

    Many of the Continual Professional Development, Leadership, Research and Development and Talent Management opportunities and courses that we offer are open to non-alliance schools, colleges and academies.

    Any school is welcome to  contact us with requests and queries regarding School to School Support.

    Our School Direct Initial Teacher Training partners include non-alliance schools who are part of our School Direct hubs, with appropriate service level agreements in place to ensure high quality training and recruitment processes.

    With any queries regarding this issue, please contact Jo Robotham tela@thomasestley.org.uk or ring 01455 283263 ext 222.
  • Is Thomas Estley Learning Alliance only operational within a certain geographical area or phase?

    Most of our alliance partners are based in Leicestershire, although there are a few further afield.

    We have roughly equal numbers of secondary and primary partners in our alliance, with secondary provision and cross-phase provision well established and embedded and primary specific provision growing rapidly.

    We work in close liaison with the other Teaching School Alliances within Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

  • Who are TELA's School Direct Initial Training university partners?

    We have a well established link, in place for several years now, with the University of Leicester, with whom we offer School Direct Training places in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Citizenship and Social Sciences. We also have a similar link with Loughborough University, with whom we offer School Direct Training places in PE. We are also linked with the University of Warwick to begin Autumn 2015, which allows us to offer School Direct Training places in additional subject areas such as Art, Design and Technology and Drama as well as a limited number of School Direct Salaried places.

  • How does your School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme compare with a more traditional university based PGCE course?

    Our current School Direct Training programme has all of the elements of a university based PGCE course, including Masters level credits, subject and professional training at the university with other PGCE and School Direct students and the same pattern and time given over to school based placements.

    In addition, it offers a strong induction into the TELA hub placement schools with opportunities to spend time there before the training year begins, ranging from a full school experience placement/volunteering programme through involvement in school trips and clubs to a chance to meet the department team. We also provide a high quality progressive weekly training programme in the school hub with dual pedagogical and leadership strands, progression into Year Two and Three talent management programmes and training once you are in post, and seven of the professional course days based in Leicestershire schools exploring the same issues in a more hands on, classroom based process and also allowing you to gain experience of a wider variety of potential workplaces. Employment is not guaranteed at the end of the programme, but our School Direct trainees are our first port of call for jobs within the alliance and also benefit from an enhanced readiness for employment training element at the end of the course.

    As we seek the highest quality trainees, recruitment onto the TELA School Direct course is rigorous, with a school based assessment day in addition to the usual university based assessment and online skills tests needed for a PGCE. We are very proud of our School Direct cohorts and the majority of trainees are recruited into newly qualified teacher posts within the alliance, where they achieve very well.


Leicestershire Teaching Schools have produced this useful document which explains how membership of a Teaching School can enhance your school’s training and support provision and impact positively on pupil outcomes.

Teaching Schools Leicestershire – FAQs