Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance
Taunton Teaching Alliance

Teacher Subject Specialism Training Programme


In conjunction with The Blue School in Wells, Taunton Teaching Alliance has secured funding from The National College for Teaching and Leadership for free Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) in Mathematics and Physics. The training is for qualified teachers to re-train through school-led subject specialism training.

We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to Mark Williams (and previously Rachael Fraser) for their excellent leadership of this programme and the dedicated staff tutors of The Blue School in Wells who deliver the programme. Thank you to Chilton Trinity School in Bridgwater and Heathfield Community School and The Castle School in Taunton for also facilitating twilight training sessions throughout the programme.

Taunton Teaching Alliance TSST Teacher Subject Specialism Training 2017-2018


The training enables an individual to teach up to GCSE level. 

Those eligible are:

a) Already qualified non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach Maths or Physics
b) Teachers who want to re-train as Maths or Physics Teachers

Please note that all participants must have a least a C grade at GCSE/GCE, though ideally a relevant A level. Also, some teaching experience in either Maths or Physics is desirable, though not essential.

There are up to 20 participant places on each Maths and Physics programme and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Download the TSST Course Handbook 2017-2018 for full details of the course:

TSST – Course Handbook 2017-2018


The TSST Programme (2017-2018) is now full. However if you would like to be added to the mailing list for information regarding next year’s TSST course, please email: info@tauntonteachingalliance.co.uk 

Please note, we require the following information in each application:

Your School

Your School’s URN (Unique Reference Number)

The name of your school’s Headteacher

Your TRN (Teacher Reference Number)

Your Date of Birth 

Your main subject that you currently teach


All personal information is treated with utmost security. Please see the DfE’s Privacy Notice:

Privacy notice: Information for inclusion in your privacy notice for applicants/participants
How will we use your information?
The training you are applying for is part-funded by the DfE. DfE intends to evaluate the course and the potential benefits to those who participate in it as well as the wider education sector. To enable them to do this, we will provide the minimum information necessary to them to carry out their evaluation.
DfE (or a contracted organisation working on its behalf) may also:
  • Contact you to ask about your experiences of the training. Please note that, if contacted, you will be under no obligation to take part. If you do, you will not be identified in any results of the evaluation and you can ask not to participate, or change your mind, at any time
  • Link information you provide in your application form with other information about you which DfE already holds or to which it is lawfully permitted access. This is to identify (for example) what kinds of qualifications participants to this training go on to achieve, and how long they stay in teaching, without having to contact you repeatedly to ask you to update your information
Security and confidentiality
DfE’s use of the information we share with them (or its contracted partner) will have no influence on the outcome of your application or your participation in the training and DfE’s findings will not identify you or any other applicants/participants.
Any personal data shared with DfE will be handled securely and only accessed for the purposes of the evaluation of teacher training, recruitment and retention.
You can find more information about DfE at www.gov.uk/dfe.

 Taunton Teaching Alliance TSST 2017 Somerset
Taunton Teaching Alliance TSST Presentation 2015-2016

I thought I was out of my depth but the tutors were so patient and helpful and the content was adjusted, so I soon felt more comfortable.” TSST Participant