There are some very good teaching alliances in the northwest of England but for me the Preston Teaching School Alliance stood out and became my first choice for entering the teaching profession. They have enabled me, coached me and supported me all the way through the course.

The PGCE School Direct course covers all relevant topics and is delivered in concise chunks that are easy to absorb and fit well with the related in-school placement experiences. The course structure is clear, logical and effective. This Alliance has obviously put a lot of thought and expertise into designing it.

However, it’s not just about the course content. For me another important benefit of choosing the PTSA is from doing the course assignments, receiving individual feedback and interacting with so many dedicated and engaging school leaders and other course participants.

Having worked in industry for the past 17 years, the support offered by the PTSA gave me the confidence apply my skills to the classroom, to believe in myself and to implement new techniques immediately. I didn’t just learn “how” to teach.  The “what” and “why” also became much clearer.

Matthew Tomlin MFL Trainee 2018-19

NQT Broughton High School September 2019


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