Initial Teacher Training - Schools Direct

Do you think you want to teach?

Have you experience of, or are interested in, working with children and young people?

Are you keen to make a difference?

Do you want to be a Teacher?


We offer School Direct Teacher Training!

School Direct is a Government initiative, providing school-led teacher training. 

Our School Direct – Initial Teacher Training programme is devised and run by the Forest Way Teaching School Alliance, (FWTSA) and 3 local Universities. It places trainee teachers in the classroom from day 1 working alongside experienced teachers to learn the skills of teaching “on the job”. This real teaching experience is supported by training held at both the University and the Teaching School Alliance. FWTSA works in collaboration with the University of Derby, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University.

The FWTSA programme has been running successfully for 3 years and has seen fantastic results along the way with all of it's trainees securing teaching jobs after completion of their PGCE training year.


Secondary Programme

The FWTSA Secondary programme combines the wealth of experience and skills from it's six local secondary schools, the majority of which have achieved Outstanding and Good Ofsted rating, to bring you a programme which incorporates hands on work at schools, regular time at university and practical locally based training by skilled and experienced practitioners.


The following subjects are available in conjunction with the University of Derby (Number of vacancies)
Art & Design  - Product | Textiles | Food (3)
Biology  (1)
Business Studies  (1)
Chemistry  (1)
Drama  (1)
English  (2)
Geography  (1)
History  (1)
Mathematics  (2)
Modern Languages  (2)
Music  (1)
Physics  (1)
Psychology  (1)
Social Sciences  (1)

The following subjects are available in conjunction with the University of Leicester
(Number of vacancies)

Chemistry  (1)
English (2)
Mathematics (2)
Physics (1)

The following subjects are available in conjunction with Loughborough University
(Number of vacancies)
Physical Education  (5)

For more information about the School Direct Secondary School Programme please click here



Year 8 Enrichment Day - Humanities

Year 8 Ash spent their January Enrichment Day learning all about Islam, with the help of education group –Discover Islam’. The day consisted of a variety of sessions learning about the daily lives of Muslims, Islamic art, challenging racism, xenophobia and Islamaphobia including in the m...

Click to read more >

Student Council News - January 2019

Student Council News - January 2019


Click to read more >

Year 9 Performance Poetry

Year 9 Performance Poetry

We were so pleased to welcome poet, Jay Hulme to work with our Year 9 students for our December Enrichment Day...

Click to read more >

Ivanhoe Choir Spread Christmas Cheer

Ivanhoe Choir Spread Christmas Cheer

We were so proud to take our school choir to entertain guests at the Hospice Hope Support cafe on Friday 14th ...

Click to read more >

Ofsted Feedback

Dear Parents and Carers, As you know, on Thursday 4th October we had a school inspection from Ofsted. Whilst the report will not be published officially until 5th November, we are pleased to be able to share with you some snippets from the excellent report we received and confirm that we have mai...

Click to read more >

WisePay Login
Parent View


Sorry. You need to upgrade your browser

You are using Internet Explorer 8

This is considered an out of date browser. This website has been developed with modern browsers in mind to allow it to display at its best in a wide variety of viewing situations - including mobile viewing. But we haven't supported older browsers like IE8. Please upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer - or try Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Both are excellent browsers.

Thank you.