The National Forest Teaching School offers the School Direct route into teaching 

School Direct is an exciting and innovative one year school led training programme, which enables schools to take a leading role in ITT but still work in partnership with accredited providers. We work collaboratively on the selection and recruitment of trainees as well as the design and delivery of an outstanding programme. At the NFTS our School Direct programme is a one year full time route into teaching which will enable successful trainees to achieve QTS with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, or QTS with Masters level credits. Subject to vacancies and performance throughout the course we would aim to employ successful NQTs within our alliance of primary and secondary schools. Our second cohort of trainees has just left us and have all been successful in gaining employment, many within the Alliance. This is School Direct at its best, supporting us in our aim to attract the best teachers to our local area.

Cick here to view the 2018/19 School Direct Prospectus.

Continuous Professional Development and leadership opportunities.

For us School Direct  is very much part of our recruitment process, but  only Year 1 of a 3 year support package. We offer an NQT and  an NQT+1 programme and aim to provide opportunities for those interested to complete their Master’s level studies within their 3rd or 4th year
As well as attracting trainees who have the potential to be high quality teachers, we also seek to identify at interview candidates with leadership potential. Our successful NQT and NQT+1 programmes  build seamlessly on from our Initial Teacher Training programmes and both programmes are overseen by experienced SLEs, whose role it is not only to support and coach teachers in the first two years of their career to improve their practice in the classroom, but also to encourage them to develop and accelerate their careers. Within our Teaching School we offer the Emergent Leaders programme and the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership and actively encourage our best teachers to particpate in these programmes. 

Courses on offer for 2018

In September 2018 we will be offering the following School Direct programmes:

Secondary English, Maths, Physical Education, History, Geography, Chemistry, Art an Design, Design & Technology, Biology and Physics in partnership with the John Taylor SCITT

New for 2018, our primary programme will also be accredited by The John Taylor SCITT.

Our  Secondary Partner Schools

John Taylor High School                       Fairfax School

Abbot Beyne School                              Paget High School

Paulet High School                                Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College

Thomas Alleyne's High School              King Edward VI Lichfield 

Chase Terrace Technology College      Kingsmead School

Our Primary Partner Schools

Shobnall Primary School                                       Thomas Russell Infants

All Saints CE Primary Alrewas                              The Mosley Academy

The Small Schools MAT                                        St Peter's CE Primary School, Yoxall

The Forest Federation                                           Redbrook Hayes Community Primary

Burton Cooperative Learning Trust                       Richard Wakefield Primary School

All Saints' CE Primary School, Rangemore          Walton on Trent Primary and Nursery School


Our Special School Partners

Saxon Hill Academy

The Fountains Federation

You can view a map of our alliance partners by clicking here