Get into Teaching
Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of primary and secondary schools in the wider Dartmoor area covering Central and West Devon. If you are thinking about training to teach, we have a superb range of inspiring courses. Whether you are a new graduate or you are considering a career change, our teacher training will equip you with the skills to be an outstanding teacher. Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance is led by Okehampton College, rated Outstanding by Ofsted. We work in partnership with the University of Exeter, itself rated as Outstanding as a Teacher Training provider. Together we provide first class school-based training and rigorous academic learning.
Great reasons to train with us
Our primary courses
Our General Primary course is delivered at Okehampton Primary School by outstanding primary teachers and specialists from within the Alliance. Trainees will spend one day a week at Okehampton Primary and training workshops will model the principles of effective teaching. Four days a week will be spent in your placement school, where you will be supported by a mentor and gain first hand experience of teaching.
The PGCE element of the course will be delivered by the University of Exeter through their Distance Learning programme.
Our secondary courses
For all our secondary subjects, trainees will receive the 'taught' PGCE of the course at the University of Exeter during the Autumn as well as a main placement in an Alliance school, as well as a short placement in the Spring term with a second school. School based training will be supported by mentors.
Entry requirements 2017 (Provisional) Entry to the PGCE programme is conditional on:
Note: It is the University of Exeter's policy that the level 2 certificate in Adult Literacy or Numeracy is not acceptable as an equivalent to GCSE English/Mathematics. Read more here
Grants and loans
UK (Home) students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan and a non-repayable means-tested Maintenance Grant of up to £3,387. Please see Student Finance England for more information about Student Finance for Teacher Training Courses and Maintenance Grant details.
EU students who have come to the UK purely for the purposes of the Teacher Training Course (PGCE) will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan. They will not be eligible for the Maintenance Loan or Maintenance Grant. Students should apply on form EU11N for the Tuition Fee Loan:
If you have any questions on the maintenance grant/student loan application process please contact Student Finance England on 0845 300 50 90. Read more here
Placements across Devon
Dartmoor TSA is uniquely placed to offer trainees unparalleled choice about where to train. With 68 member schools across Devon area we can offer you training options close to home.
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How to apply
Applications via the UCAS website are still open for Sep 2017 start:
Partner ITT Providers
Dartmoor TSA works in partnership with other ITT providers in the region. DACCA provide secondary school direct courses and Atlantic Coast Co-operative Trust provide primary school direct courses in the Bideford area. Links to both providers can be found below: