Why choose us?

The Tandridge Teaching Alliance offer a very special ITT experience, partly because we have been collaborating together for the last 10 years.

Learning experiences
  • Different key stages and different types of schools, each with its own personality
  • Creative and effective approaches to learning and behaviour management
  • For specialist placements
  • For employment
  • For future career progression
Known and recognised within the Alliance
  • We purposefully have a select cohort so that we can offer you the personal attention and opportunities that you deserve

School Direct programme


Our School Direct programme offers the very best in teacher training to a select cohort. The number of students on our programme has been carefully selected to benefit you as a student.  You will be known and recognised within the Alliance, receiving personal attention and opportunities.  It also includes:

12 core training days at the University (variable).

On-going assessment of the quality of teaching and learning.

Specialist focus training days within the Alliance.

Opportunities for specialist placements – Early Years Foundation Stage and SEND.

Full-time learning alongside our expert teachers who have a wealth of knowledge, experience and strategies to pass on to you.

A minimum of 2 placements in two different phases and schools.

What are we looking for in our trainees?


​​We are looking for professionals who have a passion for making a difference for children and who are excited to be working with them and their families.  We would like to see applicants who have a deepening understanding of child development and of what inspires and motivates children as learners.

Our entry requirements

In addition, we are looking for candidates who have these entry attributes:

C grade (or above) at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science. Specific equivalency tests may be accepted in lieu of these.
Pass in Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests. A 2:2, or above, honours degree in any subject. The degree will be assessed for suitability in conjunction with experience and skills.
Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be undertaken.