Secondary Teaching

Become a teacher with MTSA School Direct

To apply go to and search for Manchester Trusts & Schools Alliance as a provider.

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Who are MTSA?

Manchester Trusts & Schools Alliance is led by 5 legacy teaching schools: Chorlton High School, Barlow Hall Primary School Chorlton Park Primary School, Sea Shell Trust Special School and lead school Brookburn Primary School. The alliance brings together primary and secondary schools across South Manchester, and works in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. All MTSA members work together, to provide a high-quality teacher-training experience for primary and secondary Associate Teachers.

 What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-based teacher training programme where you become an Associate Teacher in a school from the very first day of your training.

Why train to teach with Manchester Trusts & Schools Alliance?

As an Associate Teacher with MTSA, you join a team of staff committed to delivering the highest quality learning and teaching to children in Manchester. You can immerse yourself in school life from day one. Your mentors will support you fully, using innovative training to enable you to become a resilient, successful and fulfilled professional who can make a difference.

What can MTSA School Direct offer you?

  • Teaching placements in a network of schools in our alliance
  • Cross-phase training experiences throughout the course – from early years to sixth form
  • Trained mentors in all schools supporting every aspect of your professional development
  • Weekly professional studies sessions facilitated by outstanding teachers, centred around issues directly related to teaching and learning in inner city contexts
  • Meetings with other associate teachers from a wide trainee network across Manchester
  • Regular pedagogical training sessions at the University of Manchester (primary) and Manchester Metropolitan University (secondary)
  • Gaining Qualified Tutor Status (QTS), a PGCE, and Masters level credits
  • Support with further professional development in your first year of teaching  
  • Experiences not offered via traditional routes


    Who are we looking for?

    We are looking to recruit Associate Teachers who are dedicated to pursuing success for children across Manchester. Our Associate Teachers are lifelong learners who want to fulfil their potential both in the classroom and in their professional development.

    Our current trainees all have varied backgrounds. Some had previously been employed as Teaching Assistants within a school before coming to train, others came straight from university, and others were career-changers who had worked in another field before training to teach. We had applications from mature students, from those who had worked overseas, parents with families and from candidates who were relocating to the Manchester area.

    We have a confirmed recruitment allocation for 2019-2020 of 12 primary and 30 secondary. We deliberately keep our cohorts small in number in order that we can continue to offer the highest quality provision. We received approximately 3 applications for each place last year.

    Associate Teachers must have a degree. For secondary applications this should be in a relevant subject. Good standards of written and spoken English are also essential.

    How do I apply?

    You need to apply through: Go to the web site and search for Manchester Trusts & Schools Alliance as a provider.

    What is the interview process?

    Trainees are interviewed by MTSA. The interview with MTSA has 4 elements consisting of a teaching task, a written task, a short presentation and a panel interview. Trainees will also have to pass their maths, literacy and science skills tests.

    What are the fees?

    They are currently £9,500 for the year.

    What subjects can I teach at secondary level?

    Please click the following link to obtain an up to date list of subject areas available and details of the UCAS codes.

    This link also provides further information about our School Direct Secondary Partner Chorlton High School.

    Where will I be placed?

    MTSA places Associate Teachers in a network of secondary schools across our alliance. These include Chorlton High School, Fallibroome Academy in Cheshire and a wide range of Manchester high schools.

    Which year groups will I be placed in?

    Associate Teachers will experience teaching across the secondary age spectrum including sixth form.

    How will the course be assessed?

    Associate Teachers currently have 4 assignments to complete, along with several shorter ‘reflection points'. In addition to this, when you are on teaching placements, you will need to complete planning, evaluations, marking and self-assessment against the teaching standards. These will be monitored and/or assessed by your mentor.

    Your teaching will also be observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least 1 joint observation with your professional mentor and 1 joint observation with your University link tutor. These are the people who will be available to support and mentor you through your training.

    Can I refresh my subject knowledge?

    You can access Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses via Manchester Metropolitan University and during your training placements you will work closely with a department of subject specialists; observing lessons, jointly planning and attending a significant number of training sessions to support the development of your subject knowledge in relation to teaching at GCSE and A Level.

    What proportion of time is spent in school and at University?

    Associate Teachers spend 29 days in University, 18 days on school-based training and have 120 days teaching experience.

    How do I become a qualified teacher?

    The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the teaching standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assessments, assignments and observations completed during your training.

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