Loughborough Learning Alliance  

Thorpe Hill


Leicestershire LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 632911

Fax: 01509 231605

Ashmount School  

Thorpe Hill


Leicestershire  LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 268506


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Who is the main contact for information?

  Emma Esposito, Teaching School Manager

  E: schooldirect@ashmount.leics.sch.uk

  T: 01509 632911


  Jess Evans, Teaching School Administrator

  E: schooldirect@ashmount.leics.sch.uk

  T: 01509 632911

What kind of teacher training do you offer?

We offer primary, early years and SEND initial teacher training.

Do I have the right qualifications?

You should have:

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 2021 from Tuesday 13th October. Once you’ve registered with UCAS, select Loughborough Learning Alliance 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.  

The programme fee is £9,250. 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.
We can also offer other routes - please contact us for more information.

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.

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