School Direct Graduate Testimonials


Primary School Direct Student 2019 -2020

The BTSA team cannot be faulted. At the beginning of the year, any questions over email were answered quickly and the staff were always extremely helpful. Sarah was always very supportive, and I felt comfortable talking to her about any concerns that I had. They always had a broad range of CPD opportunities planned for us, which was extremely helpful, and it was clear that they wanted us to succeed. I just want to say thank you to the whole team. This year has definitely been a journey, but it was 100% worth it. Speaking to other PGCE students on other courses, I think we were very lucky to have a team like BTSA and I would recommend the course to anybody going into teaching. 

Secondary School Direct Student 2019 -2020

The support received from the BTSA team has been second to none! I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the CPD, placements and meetings provided by them. I would recommend BTSA to anyone that asked – I could not imagine training anywhere else. Julie was so helpful when I was applying for jobs, checking my cover letter, lesson plans and helping with interview prep, I am extremely thankful for all of her help.J

Primary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019

BTSA have been extremely supportive and communicative throughout. The programme of training has been excellent and if I ever needed any advice or had a problem the team would be extremely reassuring. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for accepting me on the course and giving me the most memorable year of my career to date. I feel like I have learnt an awful lot in such a short amount of time.

Secondary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019 The full team are amazing. You can ask any question and receive an answer to help. Great support all year round.
Primary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019

The BTSA is highly organised and packed with effective and professional practitioners that have their students' best interests in mind in everything that they do. I feel the BTSA have been highly effective in supporting me.

The team is knowledgeable, supportive and approachable; I am so glad that I chose this training provider to help me embark on my teaching career!

Secondary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019 I am so glad that I chose School Direct as we have received excellent CPD sessions weekly and the team have always provided support whenever and wherever needed.
Primary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019

Fantastic response time and great advice and instruction throughout the course. BTSA went beyond the call of duty when an issue meant I nearly didn't start the course!

Secondary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019 Brilliant communication, felt comfortable knowing support was only round the corner.
Primary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019

The support I have had from BTSA has been great, I have had all my questions and worries answered and dealt with, which I am grateful for.

Secondary School Direct Student, 2018 - 2019 I am so glad that I chose this route. The team are fair and supportive. I will miss training here next year.
Primary School Direct Graduate, 2017 - 2018 The BTSA is truly dedicated to transforming students into competent and rounded teaching professionals. Throughout the year, the training and support provided allows you to grow and develop whilst being truly supported through the numerous and various challenges faced in the teaching profession. The colleagues that the BTSA work with and employ to deliver training are true professionals, brimming with experience and knowledge that can guide you from student to professional in less than a year. The passion from all who are part of the BTSA is evident throughout and they have really bolstered my confidence and professional capability as we progressed through this academic year. I am a very proud BTSA alumni and really hope that I can work with the BTSA in some form in the future.
Secondary School Direct MFL Graduate, 2017 - 2018 I would highly recommend training to teach with Bury Teaching Schools Alliance (BTSA) because not only do you have an idea of the types of schools you'd be working in, but you are truly supported throughout the process; from admin issues at school to advice on applying for jobs. The training sessions every week also gives you the chance to get to know your fellow BTSA trainees so you can share experiences whilst the content of the training sessions makes you feel more confident and willing to take risks in the classroom.
Primary School Direct Graduate, 2017 - 2018 Choosing BTSA for my PGCE School Direct course was the best decision I ever made. From the very first contact I had with them, they helped me every step of the way. BTSA helped me find local schools where I could train from day one. They gave such fantastic support through regular CPD sessions which cover every aspect of teaching. Just to be part of BTSA was like being part of a family where I made some real friendships with fellow trainees who were on the same journey as me. It was sometimes challenging training to be a teacher, however with the support of Sarah, Jo and everyone at BTSA it made life much easier. I'm forever grateful to BTSA for making my school based teacher training such a memorable time, and for helping me learn the skills I need in the classroom. I'd highly recommend BTSA to anyone thinking of training to be a teacher.
Secondary Geography School Direct Graduate, 2017 - 2018 I couldn't have managed to complete my PGCE year without the support of the BTSA; there was always advice and support available even at very short notice. Even when I doubted myself, the individuals at the BTSA reminded me of what I had already achieved and what I had committed to.
Primary School Direct Graduate, 2017 - 2018 Excellent training to help professional development. Support from placement schools and training alliance staff throughout the course. A really good mix of theory and practical progression through university and placement. Fantastic pool of schools offering a mix of KS1 and KS2 experience. The course really suited my needs and the BTSA helped me achieve my goals.
Primary School Direct Graduate, 2016 - 2017
Training through Bury Teaching Schools Alliance (BTSA) has given me the best possible start to my teaching career. From the first day the friendly, knowledgeable tutors and facilitators provided excellent training and support on all elements of teaching. Placements close to home make the year a lot easier, and the schools you are placed in give fantastic support and show a range of school experience. The in-depth training left me feeling prepared for every challenge thrown at me once standing on my own two feet! There is no better way of learning about the teaching profession than by doing it first hand. I couldn't recommend training with the BTSA enough - and have since been lucky to secure jobs in Bury for NQT and RQT teaching years. The staff are supportive and knowledgeable, the training is outstanding and the networking opportunities are brilliant, both whilst on the course and in your further years of teaching. Thank you BTSA!
Secondary English School Direct Graduate, 2016 - 2017

Outstanding - the one word that I can use to truly capture my experience with BTSA. I was extremely nervous when starting my PGCE and felt very uncertain about my ability to be a successful teacher. However, the BTSA consistently supported me, stretched my learning and ensured I was prepared and confident for my time in school.

The CPD offered was always interesting, relevant and practical. In addition to theory, BTSA provided hands-on tips and advice that could be easily transferred into the school setting.

Since completing my PGCE, I have successfully passed my NQT year and thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of my time in school. Everyday I am grateful for my career as a teacher - working with teenagers is always challenging, rewarding and extremely amusing!

During my NQT year I have had the pleasure of having a Year 7 form, watching their personalities grow over the year has been interesting and extremely joyous, I already worry about the day they leave in Year 11! In addition, I am Assistant Head of Year 11, work with additional literacy groups, have organised two trips within my department, revamped rewards systems and have 'buddied' with a new member of staff to support them. The Head at my school has encouraged me to reach my aspirations and has sent me to 'Women Leaders in Education' courses to support my goals.

BTSA have continued to stay in touch throughout my NQT year and offered advice for my future. I can't thank the team enough for the help, support and genuine care during my PGCE!