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Two types of training

On our course you get the best of both worlds - academic teaching, in the form of lectures and tutorials at university, plus professional learning courses run by us - the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA).

STA Professional Learning sessions

We run our own professional learning courses, to prepare you for life as a teacher. All of our trainees come together for these days, providing you with an opportunity to catch up and share your experiences. Our trainees tell us this is a highly valued part of our course.

University teaching

At university, you will be tutored by specialist academic staff and have the opportunity to explore your own subject knowledge away from the classroom and to reflect on classroom experience.

Examples of topics covered include:

  • Reflecting on approaches to teaching.
  • Professional practice and curriculum studies (specific to your subject).
  • Exploring a specialism through collaborative development.

STSA training days

The Thursday STSA days were a welcome saviour from the intensity of school. They provided an opportunity to chat about various school problems/worries whilst learning something different each week".

Sam Howard (class of 2018)

Marking and feedback.
The Professional Teacher.
Lesson/scheme design.
Data collection and analysis.
The full Curriculum

Barriers to learning.
Child development.
Organisation of self.
Role of SENCO.
Behaviour management.
Outdoor learning.

Building resilience.
SEND and inclusion.
EAL and new arrivals.
Communication with parents.
Planning for transition.


Examples of STSA training topics:

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield has a leading School of Education, with an international reputation for the impact and quality of their research and the excellence of their teaching. They are ranked in the top 50 in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings, 2018), and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked the School number one in the UK for research impact, and fourth overall in Education in the UK.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam University recently received an 'Outstanding' and 'Good' rating from Ofsted, for their primary and secondary teacher training provision respectively. They pride themselves on the applied nature of student learning and the quality of their teaching. The Ofsted report praised the quality and level of knowledge of their trainees upon completion of their studies, and the high regard they are held in by the university's partners in the region.

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