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A high level of support

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.

Your own school-based mentor

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.

Support for our trainees

A high calibre team

The STSA team is made up of teaching professionals and administrative staff who are dedicated to providing you with support – ensuring you make a smooth transition from applicant to trainee, then trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). They even support you as your apply for your first job, with both applications and interview preparation. They bring together expertise from a wide range of areas – from primary, secondary and special schools; from the classroom and leadership teams at both school and trust level; from commercial life as well as education. They’re here to help you, and no question is too bizarre – our friendly team have probably heard it before!

We're with you for the whole of your career

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."

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Get your first job quickly!

“We work with our trainees as they apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. Our local network means we can help you identify job opportunities and put you in touch with potential employers.

Our key employment statistics

This year over 60% of our trainees have found a job before even finishing the course!

Trainees getting a job within six months of completing our course in 2018:

Primary School

91.2 %

Secondary School

84.1 %

Modern Languages SCITT

86.4 %

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Training with disabilities and other needs

As a training provider we will do everything we can to meet your needs. We work in full partnership with the universities where you are a fully enrolled student with access to all of their facilities. If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at university.

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