Training to be a teacher with Tidal TSA

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The School Direct route with Tidal

School Direct is an exciting, hands-on, school-led training programme which gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in two schools within the Tidal Teaching School Alliance. Working as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from outstanding, experienced and practising colleagues to enable you to immediately put your new skills into practice.  If you are successful, the programme will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) through the University of Hull.

In 2017 100% of Tidal graduates were successful in gaining employment. 

For 2018/19 Tidal Teaching School Alliance will be offering  a primary focussed School Direct route to gaining a postgraduate teaching qualification:


  • School Direct Training Programme (Primary general 4 – 11 years)

For 2018-2019 a third of the training will be provided by University of Hull and the remainder will be led by outstanding practitioners and specialist leaders of education as well as experienced mentors from across the teaching school alliance.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for Tidal Teaching School’s School Direct programme you will need the following:


  • GCSE or equivalent in mathematics, English and Science (Grade C or above);
  • A honours degree awarded by a UK university, 2:2 or above;
  • School based experience at primary level.

Before embarking on the School Direct programme, applicants must have successfully completed their Professional Skills’ tests in English and Maths.  Further information can be found here.

A declaration regarding any criminal convictions and clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) must be completed to ensure suitability for working with children and young people.

Scholarship and Bursaries Available

The cost of the PGCE training programme is £9000 per year and finance can be arranged through the Students Loan Company (SLC)

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) allocates and funds teacher training places providing financial incentives including training bursaries and scholarships.  Candidates applying for School Direct Secondary places in maths may be eligible for a tax free bursary or scholarship to support their training.  Scholarships of £25,000 are available for maths on the School Direct secondary programme.  These prestigious awards are aimed at high quality graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers.  Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary.  However, trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for a standard bursary.  Further details can be found on the Teaching Agency website.

What qualities are Tidal looking for?

Tidal will  looking for a wide range of qualities which would make you a good teacher. Here are some of them:

  • Passion– show you care about teaching.
  • Confident with and respectful towards children.
  • Professionalism– in both your mindset and the way you conduct yourself.
  • Personality– this can easily be reflected in how you present yourself, so dress smartly!
  • Energy– enthusiasm is infectious!
  • Resilience– being a teacher can be tough, so you’ll need to show you’re up to the task.
  • Understanding of the commitments for teaching– even the most prepared interviewees can be nervous about some things. It’ll be ok as long as you demonstrate how you can overcome these in order to succeed.


What skills are Tidal looking for?

At your interview, we will be looking for evidence of relevant skills a teacher must possess, including:

  • good reflective abilities
  • ability to scale information to present to a range of audiences
  • literacy and numeracy– being articulate and using standard English
  • subject knowledge across a range of primary subjects within both key stages