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Initial Teacher Training

inspring learning for life

Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy is proud to be an Initial Teacher Training Provider.

We believe there is a lot to gain from learning to teach whilst in a school environment, with virtually all of a student’s time being spent in a local school or numerous schools. This is compared to university-based equivalents, in which two-thirds of trainees’ time is spent on placements. Students will still learn the theory required, but they will have more opportunities to put it into practice.

We have lots to offer students choosing to learn to teach in this way

We have lots to offer students choosing to learn to teach in this way:

  • Hands on experience of how tried and tested strategies can support children who are new to English or have English as an additional language
  • Support and development from outstanding teaching mentors
  • Ongoing CPD
  • Experience of nurture provision to support the social and emotional development of more vulnerable pupils
  • Opportunities to observe outstanding teaching in practice
  • Experience of what it is really like to teach in a primary school environment
  • A greater insight into the standards required of teachers and children in today’s educational climate
  • An understanding of how excellent pastoral provision can impact positively on progress and attainment
  • If you are applying under the Teach First route (see below), a guaranteed interview for any teaching position
  • Opportunities for fast track routes into leadership if employed after training is completed
Teach First

Tinsley Meadows works in partnership with Teach First as part of their teacher training programme which was founded to address the link between low income and poor educational achievement. The programme provides intensive training for high-flying graduates, who are placed in Tinsley Meadows and other schools in high areas of deprivation in the Yorkshire and the Humber region for a minimum two-year placement.

By the end of the first year, our trainees are awarded a PGCE and achieve qualified teacher status. In their second year, they teach as a newly qualified teacher and follow the school’s induction programme, while continuing to be supported by their school tutors, mentors and Teach First local and national teams.

SSELP School Direct

Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy is the Lead School for Sheffield South East Learning Partnership (SSELP) School Direct.

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What is SSELP?

SSELP is a group of 15 primary, 1 special and 2 secondary schools who work together to develop and share excellent practice and standards. Through collaboration we have achieved a proven track record of improving outcomes.

Who is involved in the SSELP partnership?

Acres Hill Primary School, Arbourthorne Primary School, Emmaus Catholic & CE Primary School, Gleadless Primary School, Grace Owen Nursery, High Hazels Academy, Manor Lodge Primary School, Norfolk Community Primary School, Norfolk Park Primary School, Oasis Don Valley Academy, Phillimore Community Primary School, Pipworth Community Primary School, Prince Edward Primary School, St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, Tinsley Meadows Primary School, Wybourn Community Primary School, Sheffield Park Academy and Sheffield Springs Academy.

Why does SSELP provide a PGCE training course?

We want to train and employ the best people to ensure that excellent teachers teach in our schools. Our goal is to help pupils achieve the best start in life.

Why choose School Direct as your training route?

School Direct offers a combination of:

    • rigorous academic programme
    • up to the minute training by current teachers sharing their wealth of experience
    • immersion in a school environment

 What does SSELP offer you?

  • A carefully balanced mix of academic and school based learning
  • A welcoming home school, enabling you to become immersed in the daily diverse challenges and rewards of school life and become a member of an experienced, dedicated team.
  • Highly trained and experienced mentors and teachers to provide you with a personalised training programme.
  • Experience in a wide range of SSELP schools enabling you share our expertise
  • A strong partnership with Sheffield Hallam University meaning that you access high quality academic input leading to QTS status and 60 masters points.
  • The opportunity to be employed by a SSELP school.
  • High quality training and support from outstanding practitioners across all ages in school.

What do we expect from you?

  • To be committed, determined and hard working.
  • To have a natural desire to make the lives of our children and families better.
  • To be passionate about making every learning opportunity count.
  • To have high standards, expectations and belief in every child.
  • To be an effective team player and fully contribute to the wider school community.

For more information: contact or phone 0114 244 1842 to speak to our SSELP School Direct lead, Fiona Heath. Alternatively visit or SSELP’s Facebook page.