Why train with us?


We believe that teaching is a wonderful and inspiring profession, for both the children we teach and for the lifelong learning we are privileged to pursue ourselves.

As educators, we need a firm foundation from which to build excellence. Our training programme offers such a foundation.

Our offer to each person who studies and learns with us is that they will:

  • Receive excellent, well trained and regular support in the schools in which they teach.
  • Learn up to date and relevant pedagogical theory which will have practical implications for them in the classroom.
  • Work in a range of schools with a range of contexts. All trainees will spend time in schools with all of the following between them:
    • A high percentage of high ability pupils;
    • A high percentage of disadvantaged pupils from low income families;
    • A high percentage of pupils who speak English as an additional language;
    • An outstanding judgement.
  • Be able to link with the other trainees to form a group who learn and develop together.

We at Mercia are passionate about education and the difference it makes to young people and society as a whole. If you share our passion, please come and join us!

Our partnership schools are all committed to finding and developing their own teachers, therefore they are committed to their trainees - you won't find yourself as a visitor just passing through a school to carry out a placement for someone else's course. The member schools aim to supply most of their Newly Qualified Teacher needs from recruitment of their own trainees, meaning you will be working in who will invest in you as an integral and important member of their staff team.

We offer unrivalled choice in terms of type of school and location across Sheffield to train and work in, but we remain small enough to know every trainee as an individual and give every partner school a voice in the running of this training programme.



Based in the vibrant city of Sheffield with its amazing facilities, transport links and access to the Peak District, Mercia Learning Alliance is a world class choice for graduates looking for a successful career in teaching.

Mercia Learning Alliance offers aspiring teachers a broad range of opportunities across subjects and key stages. Working with  The University of Sheffield you will shadow colleagues and learn about the teaching environment in a range of contexts across the city. The placements in our partner schools across Sheffield give you valuable insights into different contexts and challenges faced to prepare you fully for a successful career in teaching.

With a wide range of postgraduate qualifications on offer, you will have the opportunity to carry out your training in some of the best schools in the country, learning from inspirational teaching staff who are leaders in their field.

 We will offer support with recruitment and job applications and should a suitable vacancy arise in one of our network of schools, you may be fast-tracked to the interview stage.

 We offer: 

  • A partnership of outstanding schools with high quality providers (PGDE with The University of Sheffield)
  • A high quality training programme for English, Maths, the Sciences, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography and History.
  • The University of Sheffield is the HEI provider for the secondary course and they have a strong tradition of successfully delivering ITT, recognised as 4th in the country in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2014 with world-leading international research and number 1 in the UK for research impact
  • A course lead by a highly skilled team of mentors and lead teachers.
  • A wide variety of opportunities to collaborate with other schools across Sheffield and gain experience in a broad range of school environments.
  • You will be part of Mercia Learning Alliance from day one, which means we take a real interest in your development as a teacher, from training through to leadership.
  • You will be a fully-fledged member of staff of whichever schools you are based in and in that way benefit from all the CPD opportunities available – including those linked to us as a Teaching School.
  • Make a valued contribution to our schools - be welcomed as part of the team.
  • Achieve a PGDE with 120 masters’ credits and recommendation for QTS. You may be able to continue to study for your full masters’ qualification with the university through distance learning in your first or second year of teaching, needing only to complete an additional 60 credits for this.