Loughborough Learning Alliance
Leicestershire LE11 4SQ
Tel: 01509 632911
Fax: 01509 231605
Leicestershire LE11 4SQ
Tel: 01509 268506
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Who is the main contact for information?
Abi Steady, Programme Coordinator
T: 01509 632911
Loughborough Learning Alliance Ashmount School,
Thorpe Hill, Loughborough. Leicestershire. LE11 4SQ
What kind of teacher training do you offer?
We offer primary and early years initial teacher training.
Do I have the right qualifications?
You should have:
Priority is given to high quality applicants.
Do I have to find a school to train in?
No, we arrange placements in our partner schools, most of which are in Leicestershire.
What are the key characteristics of people admitted to the programme?
When does the programme start?
All programmes last for one academic year, beginning in August.
When, and how, can I apply?
You’ll be able to apply for teacher training programmes starting in 2017 from 18 October. Once you’ve registered with UCAS, select Ashmount School as the lead school provider (ID 195) to apply for a course with Loughborough Learning Alliance.
Typically, the programme is oversubscribed so you are encouraged to apply early. We will interview late applicants if there are any unfilled vacancies after the initial interview process.
What financial support will I get and are fees payable?
The LLA School Direct programme is unsalaried. Department for Education (DfE) bursaries (currently £3,000 for a first class, upper second or masters degree) are available to successful applicants.
The programme fee is £9,000. Student loans are available to help cover the cost of training.
For more information about bursaries and loans visit the Get into Teaching website.
Where does the training take place?
The training is divided between trainees’ placement schools, Loughborough, and the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road campus. Trainees must be able to travel to the weekly courses and to their training schools. The programme is hard work and challenging but also very rewarding. Trainees frequently comment on how much they learn in a comparatively short time. The programme is excellent preparation for the ‘real world’ of teaching.
Who makes up Loughborough Learning Alliance?
The Alliance is led by Ashmount School and consists of schools in Leicestershire, the majority of which are in the Loughborough area. The University of Derby is the Alliance’s higher education partner.
What qualification will I receive?
You will be recommended for the professional award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and on successful completion of the programme will be awarded The University of Derby Postgraduate Certificate in Education and 60 Master’s level credits.
If I don't fit the criteria or am unable to secure a Loughborough Learning Alliance School Direct place, what can I do?
You are allowed to make three applications through the School Direct scheme. Other routes are offered by Universities (PGCE) and SCITTs. All routes are required to give trainees significant exposure to schools and settings.
How challenging will the School Direct programme be?
It is an exceptionally demanding programme as you are both working in a school whilst following a prescribed teacher training course. You should ensure that your own personal circumstances allow you to give the commitment and time that the programme demands. Also, for the whole of the second term, you will be placed in a second school which may involve additional travel; you should ensure that you are able to manage this travel commitment as well.