North Dorset Teaching School Alliance 

If you are living in or outside of Dorset and looking to train, The North Dorset Teaching School Alliance could be the route for you.  

The North Dorset Teaching School Alliance is made up of 5 schools in Dorset, The Gryphon School is the lead school.

Applying for a North Dorset Partnership (NDTSA) Place counts as one of your UCAS TT options, if the subject you are looking at is also available with MSC, Crispin School or TTA, they will count as separate choices.

Remember! All candidates get three UCAS TT choices in Apply 1.

Candidates that are successful in gaining a place with the NDTSA will be trained by the MSC and will be based in one of the schools listed below.

We recommend NDTSA places for candidates living in Dorset, the Yeovil area or those particularly interested in one of the schools below. Please click on any of the schools to learn more.

NDTSA only offers School Direct Fee-Paying courses, candidates looking for salaried places should look at our Crispin School Alliance places.

Remember! All MSC trainees, regardless of route will need to travel to the MSC training facilities once a week on Tuesdays and will also be required to travel to local schools in the Somerset area.

Please note, NDTSA places vary in interview methods (see below)

Potential trainees who are selected for interview will be informed by email and given a date for interview. The interview process will include:

  • Teaching – potential trainees are asked to teach something of their choice to the other trainees and the Selection Panel, or to a group of students. “Lesson” to be 10 minutes long
  • A meeting with the department –a subject specific group exercise where the potential trainees meet the HoD, the mentor and 1 or 2 other members of the department to assess suitability to work with the department via a subject based discussion.
  • Student panel – potential trainees will be interviewed by a panel of students
  • Generic lesson observation (1/2 lesson)
  • An observation of a lesson (outside of the applicant’s specialism) in conjunction with a member of the Selection Panel. A discussion of the lesson will be part of the final interview
  • Formal interview – panel interview with members of the Selection Panel (and if available a member of the appropriate HEI) 

  If you are looking for another subject please refer back to our subject list

The Gryphon School, Sherborne 

Shaftesbury School, Shaftesbury

Sturminster Newton High School, Sturminster Newton

Blandford School, Blandford Forum 

Gillingham School, Gillingham
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