London East Teacher Training Alliance

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"The quality of the training, school experience and support is outstanding"
-LETTA student

"We have been supported, encouraged and motivated to be the best that we can be."

"A fantastic course; quality learning and brilliant support."
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"I've learnt such a diverse range of things which I've been able to try out."

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Initial Teacher Training - School Direct


We believe that children deserve the best quality teachers and we feel privileged to have the opportunity to be directly involved in developing the next generation of outstanding teachers. We offer a model of school-based teacher training and all our trainees have the opportunity to gain a PGCE. Our training programme is designed by us using experts we know from a variety of organisations, including those currently based in schools, as well as reknowned educationalists such as Shirley Clarke, Dylan Wiliam, Barry Hymer and Pie Corbett. Quality is of utmost importance. Our mentors are outstanding teachers in their own right and prior to working with a trainee they are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their mentoring skills which includes coaching and effective lesson observation & feedback skills.

In 2014 we were successful in becoming a School Centre for Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). This means we are able to recommend QTS at the end of the training year. It also means  that we will also be subject to our own OFSTED inspection. We have an outstanding reputation to maintain and an important role in training, mentoring and coaching new entrants to the profession. We welcome and thank you for your interest in our organisation, please explore the site and contact us if you have any queries.


Training with LETTA:

LETTA provide opportunities to work across either EYFS and KS1 (3-7 years) or KS1 and KS2 (5-11 years). Our trainees will take part in an identical core training programme with a specialist strand for EYFS. This programme is based on the previous GTP programme a highly successful model, not only in terms of the calibre of teacher produced but also the 100% employment history of all trainees. This is a legacy we are committed to maintain and develop to ensure outstanding teachers for future generations of children. In addition to this, the London East Consortium GTP provision was graded outstanding by OFSTED in 2013. There is an expectation that those trained through LETTA will be offered teaching posts within the alliance and associate schools subject to being awarded QTS.

School Direct places offered through LETTA will lead to an award of PGCE with 60 level 7 masters credits, and qualified teacher status (QTS). The School Direct programme will  last one year full-time.

Most of your time will be spent in school with one day a week training. You will benefit from the combined expertise of the LETTA schools, university lecturers and a wide range of renowned experts in their fields, for example: Pie Corbett, Shirley Clarke, Jenny Mosely and Barry Hymer. In the autumn term you will experience an alternative key stage, four week placement, in your main training school. During the spring term you will have the opportunity to complete a second six week placement in an alternative school. There will also be a requirement for you to spend up to 3 days in a secondary school and EYFS setting. The precise structure and content of the school-based elements of the year will depend on the school where you spend the majority of your training. All our schools offer a range of additional continuing professional development opportunities including observation of outstanding practice.

All trainees have access to: university libraries, as well as LETTA's own resources; virtual learning environment; tutor support.

The School Direct programme leader will oversee your training from induction to qualification. In addition to this we offer a high level of pastoral support. All of our trainees are supported by a class-based mentor,  who undertake a specialised training programme (designed by LETTA) prior to commencement of taking on a trainee.

What we are looking for:

  • potential and desire to teach
  • ability to reflect and analyse
  • very good literacy and numeracy skills
  • an understanding of the role of the teacher
  • capacity to work within a team
  • sensitive to the diverse needs of children and adults
  • awareness of educational issues
  • personal qualities required for the teaching role ie resilience, self awareness, managing own time effectively
  • an understanding of the place of the school within the community

There will be two possible routes into the School Direct programme, each with different entry criteria. 

School Direct (salaried)

This is an employment-based route into teaching for high-quality graduates with three or more years’ career or working experience and who hold a 2:1 degree or above and/or a second higher degree (exceptional students with a 2:2 may be considered with additional supporting evidence). Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher (scale point 1) by their sponsor school. 

School Direct (unsalaried)

Open to all graduates with a minimum of a 2.2 degree. Tuition fees are paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from NCTL.

In some cases trainees will apply with a school who has agreed to sponsor them - this is not a guarantee of an interview or a place. In all other cases, successful candidates will be placed in LETTA school.

School Bursaries

Bursaries are available to unsalaried LETTA trainees through The Poplar Partnership charity, subject to a supporting school donation.