Our course includes high-quality placements in two of our partner schools, providing experience in contrasting settings - which is part of the Department for Education (DfE) regulations for Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Your main placement is approximately 24 weeks over the academic year with a short complementary placement in the middle of the year of approximately 6 weeks. 

Our primary and early years placements also include opportunities for people who would like to teach in a special school context.

An Early Years Foundation Stage trainee's timetable at school will include teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1 settings across 3 -7 age range. Primary timetables at school will including teaching at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, across the 5 -11 age range. Our trainees are placed in 5 -11 and or 3-7 schools for one of their periods of school-based training and will be involved in planning, teaching and assisting both Key Stages.

For the minority, who are not placed in an SEND school, an additional three-day placement will be organised in a SEND school

Your timetable at school will including teaching at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, across the 11-16 age range.

The majority of trainees are placed in an 11-18 school for one of their periods of school-based training and will be involved in planning, teaching and assisting in Key Stage 5 (16-18 age range) lessons too. For the minority, who are not placed in an 11-18 school, a four day placement will be organised in a post-16 setting. The majority of our secondary school courses also include a two day placement at a primary school.

Support from practising teachers

During your school placements you will be supported by an in-school mentor, who will help ensure you get the most from your time in school.

You will also get the opportunity to observe outstanding teaching, as well as involve yourself in different aspects of school life: from communicating with parents to helping with extra-curricular activities. All in all, you will feel part of the teaching team, learning through practical, hands-on experience.

What did you gain from choosing to train with STSA?

In school experience is the most valuable thing as a trainee teacher, giving you more confidence. You get direct contact with good practitioners and schools, and a network of professionals who will do anything they can for you to be successful on this course. ".

STSA trainees (class of 2018)

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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