What can you expect?

We work hard to ensure you get the very best preparation and training for life as a teacher.

That’s why we are clear about what you can expect from us throughout our course.

Our trainees at an STSA Celebration Day

Pre course information

  • Invitation to attend a pre course event to meet other trainees, get prepared and find out more about what to expect during the course.
  • Opportunity to carry out pre course self-assessment, to help create your own development plan and targets.
  • A reading list of useful articles and research.


  • Weekly review meetings with a named mentor in your main placement school.
  • Access to the university support facilities for students, for issues such as welfare, finances, and housing.
  • A university tutor to support your academic studies.
  • Access to the STSA team for advice and support on any general issues.
  • Peer support, due to the manageable size of the STSA cohort.

Career progression

  • Support with job applications.
  • Support with interview preparation.
  • Distribution of trainees’ CVs to all headteachers within our alliance.

In school

  • Access to a school email account and intranet/internal drives/shared resources.
  • The opportunity to observe outstanding teaching.
  • The chance to engage in many different aspects of school life, e.g. parents’ evenings, after school clubs, staff meetings.


Quality Assurance

  • Our QA team visit all placements schools to ensure our trainees consistently receive a high level of support and training.

University facilities

  • Access to students’ union, clubs, societies and sport.
  • Access to welfare, guidance and financial support services.
  • Access to an NUS card and associated financial discounts.


End of year activities

  • STSA celebration event.
  • University graduation ceremony.
  • Join the STSA alumni group, so you can stay in touch with your peers.

This course has made me grow in so many aspects of my life, both professionally and personally. It has given me the tools to thrive in this career."

Emily, STSA trainee (class of 2018)