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We work very closely with our trainees to enable an open and supportive climate. Feedback from our previous and current School Direct trainees has been consistently outstanding with appreciation for the welcome and support received in their host schools and high-quality training on our Conference Days, which have been extremely popular. It has also been highlighted how the link between pedagogy and practice is constantly reinforced, resulting in increased confidence and enhanced progression.

“The support I have received and training is second to none and speaking to trainees from other alliances I have seen how much Preston TSA has done for us. I feel ready and prepared to start at my new school and excited for the next chapter.” Alicia Smith, MFL trainee 2014-15 (NQT Baines School, Poulton-le-Fylde)

The Preston TSA is a supportive and welcoming environment with both excellent staff and fellow students.” Alex Edge, English Trainee 2014-15 (NQT Chorlton High School, Manchester)

“I have really felt like part of the team in all schools I have been in. It has been a pleasure to work with you all and I have thoroughly enjoyed this year! Super organisation has been so good for keeping up to date and on track for everything.” Jake Foy, Biology Trainee 2014-15 (NQT St Christophers CE High School, Accrington)

“It is the way forward for teacher training. It is hands on, practical experience and training in outstanding Primary schools.” Dan Bateman, Primary Trainee 2014-15 (NQT Lea Endowed Primary, Preston)

The teaching is so hands on and you learn at an accelerated rate. This helps build confidence and skills that equip you well at the end of the year. The schools that are involved in the programme are of excellent calibre and believe and invest in you as a trainee. The support from the Preston TSA team is excellent and always available.” Michelle McCulloch, Primary Trainee 2014-15 (NQT Goosnargh Oliverson's Primary, Preston)