future teachers and leaders

What is Initial Teacher Training?

There are several routes into the teaching profession; these include School Direct, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), under graduate degree courses, school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) and Teach First.  It is important that trainees choose the right path for them.  Trafford Teaching School Alliance offers the non-salaried School Direct route into teaching only.

What is School Direct?

Our School Direct course is designed by the Trafford Teaching School Alliance (TTSA) and the University of Manchester.  Seymour Park Community Primary School is the lead school for School Direct in our alliance. The alliance is looking to recruit high quality trainee teachers onto our School Direct programme.   School Direct is a popular choice for trainees who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

The TTSA School Direct course lasts one year, and trainees train in at least two good or outstanding schools across Trafford.  This course offers a brilliant option for trainees that want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but prospective trainees shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. They’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. This ensures trainees won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks the trainee is ready.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses. School Direct trainees are eligible for a training bursary and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. School Direct courses result in qualified teacher status (QTS) and award a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). Our course assignments are assessed by the University of Manchester; these contribute up to 15 Masters credits per assignment and must be passed for completion of the course and to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

School Direct graduates have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction.

It is important to note that School Direct offers two routes; salaried and non-salaried but Trafford Teaching School Alliance offers the non-salaried route only.

Key Contacts:


Seymour Park
Community Primary School, Northumberland Road, Old Trafford, M16 9QE

(0161 872 1150)


Jayne Dickinson, School Direct Coordinator, and Deputy Headteacher, Seymour Park Community Primary School



Tina Tomlinson, School Direct Coordinator and Deputy Headteacher, Seymour Park Community Primary School



Anthony Rae, Headteacher, Seymour Park Community Primary School




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Who are we?

Trafford Teaching School Alliance is a Multiple Teaching School Alliance, placing teaching, learning and pupil achievement and the heart of all its work. Trafford is consistently in the top highest attaining education authorities across the country.

Research and development sits in the centre of our work, our Alliance offers Trafford primary schools (currently 55) an opportunity to work collaboratively and collectively to shape Initial Teacher Training, Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, school to school support and research and development. The alliance is led by three very diverse high achieving schools, each with a shared passion and vision for the alliance:

  • Longford Park School
  • Seymour Park Community Primary School
  • Tyntesfield Primary School


We share this vision with a select number of exciting non-school strategic partners; the University of Manchester, Trafford School Improvement Service, Trafford’s Innovation and Intelligence Lab, the Coalition for Research Schools and Trafford Housing Trust.

What does TTSA offer?

TTSA offers a Premium Plus (non-salaried) postgraduate route into teacher education.

Our School Direct programme is the beginning of a long-term professional development, career pathway.

The principle of “Growing Our Own Teachers” is a key incentive for the TTSA alliance, therefore we are committed to providing:

  • A wide range of trainee placements across our diverse alliance which currently consists of fifty five partner schools.
  • Opportunities to experience wide ranging provision includes: English as an additional language (EAL), language acquisition, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Behaviour Management, high achieving pupils, Inclusion.
  • Research and Development opportunities in “Enquiry-Based Pathways” and school research projects.
  • Rigorous Quality Assurance of course content and delivery from the TTSA and University of Manchester, Accredited Tutors and management of clusters enables us to ensure the highest quality of provision.

Why train with TTSA?

Because of our wide ranging, diverse alliance and large number of school partners we are able to provide a range of options including

  • Research and Development, and Reflective Enquiry opportunities
  • Extended Early Years placements for those interested in Early Years teaching (*specific criteria and standards are required to facilitate this)
  • Diversity placements including Special School and schools with large numbers of EAL and additional needs pupils (EAL: English as an Additional Language)


The University of Manchester is an Outstanding Initial Teacher Education training provider; a prestigious, major Strategic Partner.

TTSA Core Values
What is important to us

  • Growing and developing future teachers
  • Investing time and energy in supporting and challenging trainees
  • Creating a long term career pathway – from initial trainees to highly effective, reflective practitioners, and building potential for future school leaders and managers
  • Developing a depth of understanding of teaching and learning
  • Facilitating delivery of great learning experiences
  • Offering high quality training and excellent Continuous Professional Development across the teaching school alliance
  • Harnessing the quality existing within our schools in order to create aspirational and inspirational future teachers and leaders

What does the TTSA School Direct programme look like?

School Direct Premium Plus
(non-salaried only)

Entry Requirements (What we need from you first)

  • You need to have a Second Class Division One (2.1) or above in your degree.
  • You should have 10 days experience in a school within the 12 month period prior to the School Direct start date (this is for you to arrange if necessary should you be given a conditional offer of a place).
  • You need to pass the professional skills tests in English and Mathematics - this is a statutory requirement. The university of Manchester will support you with this process. For more information:
  • Trainees aged 25 or over may have relevant or other experiences which may be considered appropriate.
  • Graduates with a degree qualification from outside the UK will be considered subject to confirmation from the University of Manchester.
  • An approved Enhanced DBS (Safeguarding Check) managed by the University of Manchester.

You and TTSA schools will commit to:

  • 42 Days Face to Face training delivered by the University of Manchester.
  • 18 Days Face to Face training will be delivered by the TTSA Lead School and partner schools across Trafford with supporting materials provided by the University of Manchester.
  • 120 days based in school (mostly 2 schools to be assigned by TTSA) learning to teach within a classroom.
  • A range of complimentary school settings will be identified. This includes 2 contrasting settings (Key Stage 1 and 2). The trainee must meet the standards in both Key Stages.
  • The placements are organised and managed by the School Direct Lead School, Seymour Park Community Primary School.
  • You will need to seek a Key Stage 3 placement with support from TTSA.
  • There will be the opportunity for an extended Early Years (Reception) placement if requested once the trainee has successfully met the standards in both Key Stages 1 & 2.
  • We offer short Diversity and SEN placements options.


How to apply

All applicants must visit the website in order to register to train to teach.

If you navigate you will find tabs which lead you to the SCHOOL DIRECT 2017 – 2018 option. Through this site you can apply to train with us -
Trafford Teaching School Alliance (TTSA).

You can research and apply online now. Make sure to select TTSA.

Seymour Park Community Primary School is the Lead School in TTSA School Direct Programme so they will coordinate the selection and recruitment process for trainees.

Successful applicants for TTSA will be invited for interview.


TTSA is looking for Trainees with:

  • Growth Mindset thinking
  • Ambition and aspiration for our children
  • Reflective and enquiring minds


 Key Contacts:

Seymour Park Community Primary School, Northumberland Road, Old Trafford, M16 9QE (0161 872 1150)

Jayne Dickinson, School Direct Coordinator, and Deputy Headteacher, Seymour Park Community Primary School

Tina Tomlinson, School Direct Coordinator and Deputy Headteacher, Seymour Park Community Primary School

Anthony Rae, Headteacher, Seymour Park Community Primary School

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