Train to Teach

Through our School Direct, SCITT and Apprenticeship Programmes

Get into teaching through a bespoke pathway in the phase, setting or subject you are passionate about.

About Us

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Who are we?

Teaching schools are part of the Government’s drive to give schools more freedom and take increasing responsibility for managing the schools system.

Swanwick School and Sports College is the lead school for Matrix Teaching School Alliance, with 15 schools forming part of our alliance. All schools in our alliance are in either in the Special or Primary sector and are graded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

We believe

We are stronger together and by working in partnership we can identify and co-ordinate expertise from our alliance, using the best leaders and teachers

To play a greater role in developing existing and new entrants to the profession

Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development

Identify and develop leadership potential

Provide support for other schools

Designate and deploy specialist leaders of education (SLEs)

Conduct research and development work

Our Aim

To develop a self improving school led system that works collaboratively to provide our alliance of schools with the opportunities for staff and pupils to achieve their potential.

Alliance Members

DFE designated Matrix as a national Teaching School Alliance in 2016, with Swanwick School and Sports College being the lead school. Matrix TSA is an Alliance of 15 member schools from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.

The schools that form part of Matrix TSA are;

All schools within the Alliance specialise and cater for different types and level of pupil need. Within these schools, pupils ages can range are from KS1 – KS5.

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ITT Programmes


Through our School Direct, SCITT and Apprenticeship programmes we endeavour to provide an outstanding academic and ‘hands-on’ school based experience in a variety of phases and settings. We aim to ensure that our programmes are bespoke to each trainees individual journey into either secondary, special or primary careers.

We also aim to offer employment at the end of the training period for successful candidates where suitable vacancies arise, or assist with gainful employment within our alliance of schools. Upon successful completion of our  programmes, trainees will have the ability and capacity to work in either the secondary, special or primary sector.

School Direct Programme

We are currently accepting applications for our  Non Salaried School Direct courses commencing September 2021. 

Primary and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Pathways

We will provide:

An outstanding academic (The University of Derby) and ‘hands-on’ school-based experience in a primary or special school setting

A bespoke training package based on Derby University’s outstanding teacher training programme

The support and guidance of an experienced mentor and link tutor

Learn alongside inspiring, passionate, outstanding teachers

Learn to be a successful, confident and effective teacher

Train in a schools that are spread across Derbyshire and Staffordshire, accessing a variety of specialisms

A stimulating learning experience in a variety of schools, contexts and localities

The opportunity to study for Masters credits with Derby University


SCITT (School Centered ITT) Programme

We are currently accepting applications for our  SCITT programme in the subjects of PE, History, DT, Maths, English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, which commence September 2021. 

Secondary Pathway

We will provide:

Four days in school from the beginning of September. During time in school you will be guided by an experienced mentor.

One day per week you will join other teacher trainees to be trained on aspects such as how to walk and talk like a teacher, plan lessons effectively, behaviour management and how to really stretch and challenge students.

Secondary trainees will spend September to December in  the ‘Home School’. From December to Easter you will have the opportunity to experience life in a contrasting secondary school. From Easter to the end of the programme you will return to your initial school.

For the PGCE route this is delivered through the University of Hull. You will spend approximately 3 days over the year with your tutors from the University of Hull. Usually based at Notre Dame in Sheffield / virtually.

The Sheffield SCITT only provides Un-Salaried courses. 


Teaching Apprenticeship Programme

We are currently accepting applications for our  Apprenticeship programme with potential places being available through our SEN pathway. This will be in reaction to our alliances requirement for apprentice teachers.

If you are interested in the apprentice route and require further information about potential vacancies, please get in touch.


Apply to our Courses

Further information about the courses listed above and how to apply can be found on the ‘Get into Teaching’ website by clicking here.

If you are ready to apply you can do so by clicking  here.

Professional Development

At Matrix TSA we believe that every member of the school community is on a professional continuum, from NQT’s through to Leaders and Headteachers.

We believe that it is therefore important that we nurture and develop talent at each stage of this process, providing CPD that will enable staff to improve their practice and progress to the next stage of their career.

We work with colleagues from within our alliance and the private sector to provide a programme of CPD that is inspiring, engaging, relevant and current through expert delivery and support.

All of our CPD events are designed with the goal of enabling you to become more effective in your current role whilst assisting you in taking a successful next step in your career.

Please follow the link below for our upcoming professional development events that are taking place in 2018/19.

CPD Testimonials

  • “A very insightful course and I can take what I have learnt into the classroom tomorrow.”

  • “Brilliant signs and ways to learn. The tutor was fantastic!”

  • “A fantastic program that enabled leaders to share practice and discuss issues.”

  • “There was a great atmosphere and the content was appropriate for all. It met my expectations well and was a great session.”

  • “Lots of ideas, resources and understanding for me to take back to school.”


If you require any further information on what we offer or how we can support you, please use the contact form and details to get in touch.

Contact Details

Swanwick School and Sports College
Hayes Lane