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Learn to teach with Sheffield TSA

pdsdlogo1The Peak District School Direct Partnership, in partnership with Sheffield TSA, are delighted to offer a variety of places for Initial Teacher Training. This training will provide trainees with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Places are available in Secondary or Primary Phases. From October 2015 we will be recruiting students to start in September 2016.

We anticipate that there will be a high demand for these places so please apply early and include details of your preferred school where possible in your personal statement. All our partners are committed to providing high-quality training for trainees in partnership with SHU. We anticipate that trainees will gain experience in at least two of the schools in the collaborative network which includes a variety of educational settings and experiences. Please see the relevant school websites for further information.

What Do We Offer?

  • An opportunity to train in highly successful primary and secondary schools located in the beautiful Peak District National Park
  • A school-led PGCE in which you will spend the majority of your time in school and the classroom, working with outstanding colleagues and playing a full part in school life
  • An exceptional induction process which ensures our School Direct student teachers are fully prepared for the year ahead
  • A high quality professional learning programme led by Sheffield Hallam University
  • Fantastic mentors who are subject experts and will support you throughout your training year with us
  • A PGCE with 60 masters level credits and QTS which can help form a third of a master’s degree should you wish to continue with your accredited studies in the early part of your teaching career

Our School Direct Partners

We are offering training places across the Peak District in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. Students in our partnership will undertake placements in 2 of our partner schools.

Secondary Schools:

Highfields School, Matlock

Hope Valley College, Hope

Lady Manners School, Bakewell

Glossopdale Community College, Glossop

Primary Schools:

Eyam Primary School

Grindleford Primary School

Chinley Primary School

Hope Primary School

Litton Primary School

Bradwell Junior School

Which Subjects Are We Recruiting For?

English – 4 places

Maths – 2 places

Chemistry – 1 place

Biology – 2 places

MFL (French/Spanish/German) – 2 places

Computer Science – 3 places

Geography – 2 places

Religious Education – 1 place

Design & Technology – 1 place

Primary (general) –  6 places

We anticipate these School Direct places will be in very high demand and would advise all applicants to apply early to avoid disappointment.

What Should I Do Next?

Arrange an experience visit to one of our partner schools

All of our partner schools are committed to supporting you in making sure that Teaching is the right career for you. Please contact us if you would like to look at what we do and how we do it and we will do our best to provide you with an opportunity to get a taste of what being a teacher involves!

Attend a School Direct Information Event

Find out more about our School Direct programme and speak to current student teachers by attending one of information events. These provide a great opportunity to meet the teachers involved in the School Direct training and will give you the opportunity to discuss the programme directly with those people who are delivering it.

 Future Employment

This route does not carry any guarantee of future employment but we are committed as a partnership to offer the following:

  • Comprehensive support in preparing your job applications
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Participation in the Sheffield and Peak 11 NQT pool
  • Guaranteed job interviews for suitable candidates


We welcome applications from any candidate who seeks to put students first and improve the life chances of young people. A passion for your subject and an ability to reflect on recent experience within the British education system should also be reflected in any application.

The School Direct application process has four key stages:

1. Submission of Application

A candidate submits an application via UCAS at the following site which also contains extensive support regarding the application form and the routes available to graduates hoping to pursue a career in teaching:


2. Initial Assessment

Staff from Sheffield Hallam University and from our partnership of schools will assess every application to ensure the candidate has the necessary academic qualifications and work experience to satisfy the minimum requirements for the School Direct programme.

3. Interview

Applicants who pass the initial assessment will be invited to one of the PSDP schools to complete a day of further assessment where candidates may also find out more about the School Direct programme. The day will consist of a student panel, time spent supporting pupils within a lesson and a formal interview with representatives of Sheffield Hallam University and the Peak District School Direct Partnership.

4. Final Decision

All candidates will complete all aspects of the school based interview day as no shortlisting will occur during the day. Candidates will be informed via the UCAS Teaching Training website as to whether they have been made a conditional offer.

Please note that any candidate must successfully complete the statutory numeracy and literacy skills test online. A DBS disclosure is also a compulsory requirement of any conditional offer.

The School Direct Application system for 2017/18 is now open. We anticipate that demand for places will be high and would recommend applying at your earliest convenience. 


We look forward to welcoming you to the Peak District School Direct Partnership – if you have any further questions please email Richard Beeden, Assistant Principal at Hope Valley College; rbeeden@hopevalley.derbyshire.sch.uk

Other ITT opportunities

We support arange of pathways in partnership with a number of organisations.  This includes PGCE, GTP and Open University students, and we work with Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield, The University of Derby and Nottingham Trent University on a regular basis

Core Information

The College day for staff starts at 8.45, and we would advise all student teachers arriving for their first day to report to reception at 8.30am.