Meet two trainees starting our School Direct programme in September 2017
Pictured: Will Kittow (Secondary English Trainee), Jo Payne (Secondary School Direct Lead) and Katherine Barrau (Secondary MFL Trainee)
Finding out about the Dartmoor TSA and the secondary level school direct training opportunities they can provide was a dream come true for me. I had been considering teacher training for a while but as a parent and mature student, I wanted a provider that would ensure more workplace stability during my training. It was important for me to establish close links with a specific school and really be part of the team, and learning community, from the start of the year. They meet these needs perfectly and six weeks prior to starting I already have a good idea of expected milestones and placement locations for the coming academic year.
I chose Dartmoor TSA for my route into teaching because they offered the exact pathway that I needed. As a very mature student, I was conscious of being out of school for a long time and I needed a way back in that would not only give me the classroom experience I needed but also the access to a taught University course. The Schools Direct @ Exeter PGCE offered by Dartmoor provided just the right balance. They were also local and meant I didn’t have to move and they offered a range of schools across primary, secondary and post-16. The Dartmoor TSA have a very progressive attitude to teacher training and a supportive introduction to the PGCE programme.
Feedback from a trainee who graduated in 2015
As a graduate of this training course, I can say with confidence that the support I received during my training has enabled me to become the reflective, resourceful and highly motivated practitioner that I am today. Working alongside the staff and students of Okehampton Primary School has offered me a wide range of opportunities from which I was able to gain valuable experience, skills and support that were essential to my developing practice. I can safely say that training as part of Okehampton Primary School’s dedicated and encouraging teaching team is a fantastic start to any teaching career.