Train to Teach

Forest Learning Alliance is very proud of its involvement in the School Direct Programme with its HEI partner, the University of Reading.

Why train with us?

Uplands Primary School is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance, working with Primary, and Special Schools within our local area to provide School Direct fee funded and salaried placements  across Bracknell Forest, Wokingham and beyond. We work in partnership with the University of Reading, who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an alliance, we provide high quality provision to ensure a well-rounded training programme, with a clear emphasis on mentorship throughout.

Who are we looking for?

For both salaried and training places we are looking for inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills, the ability to use their initiative and work under pressure in a demanding environment. All applicants must have had valuable experience of working or volunteering in schools.

School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. This year successful applicants have proven, at the point of application and also at interview, they have the necessary skills and understanding of the role of the teacher to be able to train as teachers whilst working in a school environment.

School Direct (fee paying) route is also a school based route into initial teacher training but applicants often do not have as much experience of working in schools, leading classes and taking responsibility for teaching on a regular basis.

Below are links provided by the National College for Teaching and Learning giving further information on training to be a teacher:-

Steps to becoming a teacher 

 What candidates want to know when
applying for ITT

Benefits of school-led teacher

Opportunities in teaching - professional development

The Institute of Education at Reading 




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Forest Learning Alliance
c/o Uplands Primary School,
Albion Road, Sandhurst,
Berkshire. GU47 9BP

Tel: 01252 873069

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