We will be continuing our commitment to provide Initial Teacher Training as part of the Alban Federation and are now interested in hearing from any prospective trainees for primary or secondary training in 2020-21.

To apply for a School Direct place you need to use the UCAS Teacher Training site which can be found at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training. Applications will be accepted by UCAS from October 2019.

If you do not see Simon Balle School listed under the Alban Federation for your subject please apply using Sandringham School and email Simon Balle to make us aware of your application. Please email: – admin@simonballe.herts.sch.uk marked for the attention of Yvonne Adshead.

Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses are available for some subjects. The full list of bursaries and funding support available for 2020/21 can be viewed by following the link below:


The Alban Federation website provides further details about School Direct training, including the entry requirements:-


Further details about the professional skills tests for trainee teachers in literacy and numeracy can be found on the link below:


Current ITT trainees need to pass the professional skills tests before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).