The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA) is big enough to provide a fully rounded training course, yet small enough to give you a really high level of support.
You're not one of hundreds to us. We know every trainee on our course and can help you out whenever you need it - with advice and support on everything from finance and transport issues, to school placements and job applications. Not only that, but you have a school-based mentor who will be there every step of the way, helping you grow professionally.
You will have your own mentor, who will be a practising teacher based in your main placement school. You will have weekly meetings with them to review your progress and raise any issues you may have.
They are responsible for providing you with a thorough induction, and ensuring you can access a variety of useful opportunities within the school – from attending staff meetings to observing outstanding teaching.
They will stay in touch with you during your second placement - where you will also have another mentor, providing similar support during this shorter period.
We don’t just train new teachers; we also support them throughout their careers. We offer professional learning courses on everything from behaviour management and subject specialism training, through to middle and senior leadership. Many teachers also work for us in providing support for schools in particular areas; they get released from their day job in school to go and support colleagues elsewhere. Because we’re so well connected, with both individual teachers and schools, we have a great network to help you find your first job. You can also sign up to our vacancies bulletin, even before you finish your course."
Trainees getting a job within six months of completing our course in 2018: