Skip to content ↓
  • Font Size

  • Colour

School Direct PGCE or PGDE with Escafeld Teaching School Alliance

Tapton and King Ecgbert are the lead schools of Escafeld Teaching School Alliance.  Our School Direct programmes offer you an initial teacher education opportunity of outstanding quality, training as part of an inspirational learning community on a journey to achieve a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning.  

For information on the primary and secondary routes we offer, please search for Escafeld TSA's courses on UCAS or visit our web page

You will be involved in a dynamic alliance of schools situated in the exciting city of Sheffield, on the fringes of the Peak District National Park.  To see which schools you could be placed in, visit

Our courses are accredited by Sheffield Hallam University or the University of Sheffield depending on the route chosen.  Both institutions are among the UK’s foremost providers of initial teacher education, and you could graduate with either a PGCE (60 Masters' credits) or a PGDE (120 Masters' credits).

At Escafeld TSA, we are committed not only to your initial teacher education but your subsequent professional development.  You will be working in a highly successful and aspirational but also caring and supportive team. Colleagues strive to develop their practice together, sharing new ideas through our CPD programme and other resources. 

Background of Escafeld Teaching School Alliance

  • Escafeld (the pre-Norman name for Sheffield) is a rich alliance of Sheffield-based primary and secondary schools, led by two outstanding schools: King Egbert and Tapton.
  • Our alliance guarantees a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and learning experience in an urban setting – bespoke to your needs and interests.
  • Our mentors are fully accredited with a reputation for being the best practitioners in their fields.
  • Our alliance is working with Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield to develop an innovative and dynamic initial teacher experience of the highest calibre.

Comments from recent beginner teachers

  • "I believe that the School Direct route has helped me to accelerate the progress I have made. The amount of 'hands on' time you get in school really does benefit you and although it is hard work, the benefits are well worth it.  The support you get from and the relationships you develop with staff are invaluable."

  • ‘I would advise all beginner teachers to immerse themselves fully within school life; it helps provide you with all the building blocks to enable you to  become an outstanding teacher.'

  • ‘The experience you will gain from teaching within a real school environment is second-to-none.  From the growth in your subject knowledge, the improved management of your time, to the confidence you will gain from speaking to large groups and challenging individuals; all aspects of this experience will assist you in not only becoming a better teacher, but a more rounded individual.’

  • "I felt extremely welcomed by the staff and I was given all the information I needed… I felt like I could try anything and they would have supported me."

School Experience Programme (SEP)

We are involved in the government's School Experience Programme which allows graduates and students to gain vital work experience in a school.  To take part, you must register by visiting

You can find out more about SEP on the Get into Teaching website or by visiting our pages

For more information on the work we do, please visit the Escafeld Teaching School Alliance website 

There is also further information and details on how to apply for a School Direct course on the UCAS website

Contact us

You can contact us via the Escafeld TSA website or email

 Follow Escafeld TSA on Twitter for the latest news and events @EscafeldTSA