Merton Special Teaching Alliance

National Teaching Shcool

School Direct (non-salaried) Training Programme

Merton Special Teaching Alliance (MSTA) offers two School Direct (non-salaried) Training Programmes to high-quality graduates:

UCAS course code - 2VLZ - School Direct Training Programme in collaboration with Kingston University

UCAS course code 332W - School Direct Training Programme in collaboration with London South Bank University

Both programmes, constructed especially for our Alliance, are an ideal route for those who already have a range of experience with learners who have special educational needs, and wish to train for a PGCE and work in a special educational needs setting after qualification.

MSTA is supported by a network of highly regarded partner schools and alternative educational settings in the London Borough of Merton. Initial teaching practice takes place in a Key Stage 1 class in a mainstream partner school. Recent placements have taken place at Poplar Primary School, Aragon Primary School and St Peter and Paul RC Primary School. Your second placement will take place in a different KS across Perseid, Cricket Green and Melbury College /SMART Centre. This allows School Direct trainees to gain a valuable breadth of experience across a range of educational settings. The mainstream placement leads to essential development of professional knowledge of typical child development and educational achievement, whilst subsequent placements focus on meeting the needs of learners with complex needs.

For further information about the School Direct (non-salaried) Training Programmes please contact:

Jo Woster, Teaching School Administrator on

Further specific information about each programme can be found by searching on the UCAS website using the course codes above.

"Being part of the School Direct Programme has given me great opportunities to work with children with a wide range of special educational needs. This has helped to broaden my understanding and encouraged professional development."
School Direct Training Programme (2013-14) trainees

"The support given on the School Direct Programme has been fantastic! The opportunities it has presented have been invaluable to my professional development and have enabled me to explore a range of different special education provisions. This has introduced me to areas of special education that I was previously unfamiliar with but now have a growing understanding and interest in."

School Direct Training Programme (2013-14) trainees