School Direct

What is a Teaching School?

Teaching schools are outstanding schools with a record of high quality CPD and leadership development. They have been designate by the Department for Education to provide Initial Teacher Training, Continued Professional Development, leadership development, school to school support, and research into ways to improve education.   More widely, the aim of teaching schools is to support school improvement across their local areas.

Mercia Learning Alliance was formed by Ofsted Outstanding Teaching School King Ecgbert School in Sheffield. Teaching schools offer Initial Teacher Training; continual professional development courses, leadership and succession development, school to school support, and conduct research into initiatives for improving education.

We are now working closely with various primary and secondary partner schools across Sheffield to raise the standard of education and positive outcomes for children throughout the city, including training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

King Ecgbert is an outstanding 11-18 fully comprehensive school located on the Peak District border of Sheffield. We are very proud of our inclusive values, our socially and ethnically mixed intake and our powerful drive to enable all young people to reach their full potential through excellent teaching, high aspiration and nurturing pastoral support. We are proud to be working in association with the University of Sheffield as we have long standing experience of the quality of the professional learning the department offers for ITT.

Our students make excellent progress, far beyond national averages and this is due to the commitment and skill of our teaching and talented support staff, along with a genuine desire from the student body to work hard and achieve highly. We have a nationally renowned Integrated Resource for students with ASD, adding an extra dimension to the experience we can offer to your training.

Our school is in a learning partnership with Newfield, a rapidly improving 11-16 school at an exciting phase in its development and hence has lots to offer as a placement school to enhance your understanding of educational contexts and approaches. You will learn from a range of outstanding practitioners from within your chosen specialism and beyond.

We value our staff and work hard to offer CPD that supports all to develop the leadership skills that are necessary for a career in education, with bespoke programmes that equip colleagues for promoted posts right up to headship. You will experience our high quality CPD and share your experiences and practice with colleagues from the very start.

Our outstanding teachers and fantastic student body are waiting to meet you.


School Direct ITT Programme

Mercia Learning Alliance’s School Direct programme; training and recruiting the next generation of outstanding teachers.

One of the options available to aspiring teachers preparing for their Initial Teacher Training is the School Direct programme. The School Direct teacher training route is a route into teaching which brings together a Teaching School and a Higher Education Institution. This allows graduates to train and participate more fully in a school environment, and compliments the academic elements provided by the university. Each individual course has a HEI accredited provider which awards the postgraduate qualification for that programme.

Mercia Learning School Alliance offers Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes in primary education and a range of secondary education subjects.

We work in partnership with the University of Sheffield and The Sheffield SCITT and offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only, Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGC with 60 Masters' credits) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE with 120 Masters' credits) courses.

Working with our partner schools across Sheffield we provide training placements in a variety of contexts, preparing graduates for a successful future in teaching. We support trainees in the professional recruitment process and can fast-track them to the interview stage should a suitable vacancy arise at one of our alliance schools.

Once qualified, Mercia Learning Alliance has a wide range of CPD and leadership development opportunities available for those who wish to develop their careers.

We hope that you will choose to start your journey with Mercia Learning Alliance and help deliver outstanding education for Sheffield’s future.