Get into Teaching
Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of primary and secondary schools in the wider Devon area. If you are thinking about training to teach, we think we can offer you 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
Okehampton Primary School – Lead School
We offer two primary courses for 2019-2020:
We can offer placements in a wide range of schools. Please note that the Salaried Course is offered exclusively at Okehampton Primary School. To find out more please contact Sally Huxen at Okehampton Primary School on 01837 52866.
New from September 2019 – Marine Academy Primary – Plymouth Hub
We are pleased to announce that from September 2019 we will be delivering our successful School Direct for General Primary PGCE with QTS through a new Plymouth Hub at Marine Academy Primary. This will build on the successful Okehampton Primary School model and combine elements of exemplary practice that earned Marine Academy Primary’s Outstanding status in 2015.
Our secondary courses
We offer non-salaried School Direct Secondary PGCE with QTS for the following (2019-20):
For all our secondary subjects (with the exception of Geography), trainees will receive the 'taught' PGCE element of the course at the University of Exeter (St Luke’s) during the Autumn Term. The main placement will be 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.
During school-based work (SBW), you will be able to apply the knowledge and understanding acquired during university elements of your PGCE course to your developing practice in the classroom. The school and university elements of your training are designed to be complementary and interconnected. Together they offer you a balance of practice and theory so that you develop classroom skills alongside the knowledge and understanding that underpins these skills and supports your developed as an informed and reflective teacher.
Because Geography is not a PGCE provided by the University of Exeter we deliver the taught element of the programme in partnership with South West Teaching School Alliance. Designed and delivered by outstanding Geography teachers from the high performing Geography departments in Devon, we offer trainees a rigorous and inspiring training programme. The PGCE element is delivered via the University of Exeter’s Distance Learning Programme.
To find out more about the courses we offer or our Alliance schools please contact Martin Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our Entry requirements match those for the University of Exeter PGCE programme and can be found on the following web link: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/apply/entry/
Published below was accurate as of 20/9/2018:
Entry to the PGCE programme is conditional on:
Please note the above criteria are the national minimum entry requirements to be considered for a PGCE course - please see individual subject pages for further information on additional subject-specific criteria for University of Exeter PGCE Primary and Secondary courses.
Grants and loans
The tuition fee for Home/EU students for the University of Exeter's PGCE programme in 2019/20 is £9,250. The tuition fee for Channel Island/Isle of Man students is £9,250. The tuition fee for International students is £16,900
Government Loans for Teacher Training Courses
UK (Home) students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. Please see Student Finance England for more information about Student Finance for Teacher Training Courses.
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. Students should apply for the Tuition Fee Loan here.
If you have any questions on the maintenance loan/tuition fee loan application process please contact Student Finance England.
A resource you might find useful when considering the tuition fee system is Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website (this site is independent of the University of Exeter).
The British Council also offers scholarships for languages teacher trainees.
Bursaries and funding
The Department for Education offers Bursaries and Scholarships in many subject areas. Please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary for the latest information.
In 2018-2019 these types of funding covered Secondary English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, MFL, History, and Geography.
Placements across Devon
Dartmoor TSA is uniquely placed to offer trainees unparalleled choice about where to train. With 82 member schools across Devon area we can offer you training options close to home.
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How to apply
Applications are through the UCAS website. Applications for September 2019 start will open on 9th October 2018.
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: