New Year New Career


The New Year is a time when we all reflect on our lives and ask if we are really doing what we are meant to be. If achieving your goal of training to be a teacher is top of your new year list again, make sure this is the year you tick it off! Come along to the Heart TSA information event on Tuesday 12th January from 6-8pm to find out how we can help you on your journey.

Attendees will be able to find out more about the programme we run, entry requirements and next steps, as well as hearing from current trainees and picking up application and interview tips. We’ll explain all about funding your course and show you options you may not have known were available to you. You’ll be able to ask us all the questions that have been building up in your mind over the years, tell us about the barriers that have been stopping you doing it sooner, and we’ll show you how they can be overcome.

The Heart TSA School Direct programme offers those looking to become fully qualified teachers a one year route to achieving accreditation (QTS with PGCE), with a course that pairs the most up to date theoretical training with tailored teaching placements across a network of partner schools, in partnership with the University of Cumbria. On a school led teacher training route, trainees spend the majority of their time in schools, learning on the job, and are taught by tutors and mentors with current and relevant classroom experience. By immersing trainees in schools they are able to gain valuable real-world experience and learn the very best current teaching methods. This in turn allows them to develop into better teachers who can provide more rounded and complete classes for their students. You need to have a degree to start the course but it doesn’t matter how long ago your degree was or what you have done in between.

Now is the time, you CAN do it, train to teach and #inspireageneration!

To register for the event email or call 01942 634681.

Heart Beginning Teachers Complete Successful First Term


Congratulations to the Heart TSA Beginning Teachers who have successfully completed their first term in their schools.All trainees have shown passion and enthusiasm throughout and have worked so hard and learnt so much.

There is a lot to take in in the first term as trainees are immersed in school life – getting to grips with how everything works and learning techniques that are completely new to them. Having such strong support from their mentors and fellow trainees around them is key to success, and something that Heart TSA prides itself on.

As well as getting to know their classes, highlights of the term have included a visit to The Sharp Project to gain innovative ideas on how to teach children with jobs of the future in mind, and a visit to Abraham Moss High School to develop skills and strategies to use with EAL pupils. At Heart TSA we put great emphasis on these added extras to give our teachers as broad a range of skills as possible. Trainee Robyn said: “The training from the EAL specialists at Abraham Moss was amazing – we learned practical techniques and activities that were easy to resource, magpie and differentiate for all children to develop language. It was one of the most useful training sessions we have had, and to see the school’s inclusion centre, provisions for children with autism and the accessibility for children with severe physical needs (the school is a no-barrier school) was incredible.” Sessions have also been held at the Whitworth Art Gallery, the People’s History Museum and the Football Museum.

It’s certainly been a term of firsts – first classroom display, first time teaching a full class, first time dealing with behaviour, first school disco, the list goes on. The beginning teachers have also loved taking part in their first school trips – the Mayors Christmas concert, a visit to Father Christmas on a steam train and a Christmas panto. Not forgetting the team Christmas do and trip to the Christmas Markets!

Throughout the course we continually reflect on our practice and at Heart we do this in a fun and creative way of course – this term our beginning teachers used Sellotape sculptures and visual minutes to illustrate the progress so far on their teaching journeys.

A massive well done to everyone for your hard work – one term down – two to go!