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Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA) Primary and 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 masters credits from our partner University (University of Leicester, Loughborough Univeristy or University of Warwick depending on your subject)

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

Have you got the qualifications?
To be a primary or secondary school  teacher you need a degree and a GCSE grade C or equivalent in Maths and English and for some subjects a science. For secondary school teaching 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 teach?

Our primary programme is general primary aged 4-7 or 7-11, for secondary teaching  you’ll teach 11–18 year olds. Getting some classroom experience with the age range you want to teach is vital to your application (10 days is a minimum requirement).

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.

Applications for 2017/18 are now open




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Interested in finding out more about School Direct Initial Teacher Training ?

Register to attend one of our Information Evening?

Dates for information evenings in the next academic year will be confirmed shortly.

Please register your interest by emailing confirming if you are interested in primary or secondary or call Thomas Estley 01455 283 263 ext 222 and ask for Jo Robotham

Please note that applications for School Direct primary will be closed on Monday 19 June 2017 

You can also meet us at one of the Train to Teach in  Leicester/shire events or at the University of Leicester ‘Get into Teaching’ events. See their websites for up to date event details.