If you have applied for a School Direct place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.
The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then mot the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made. Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning.
If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which will take two to three hours. You will be expected to:
- teach a short part of a lesson on a specific topic; you'll be given information as to the numbers in the group, their ability and the point they are at in that topic.
- give a short presentation to the interview panel – this is likely to consist of senior subject and leadership staff, possibly the Headteacher
- complete a written task
If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.
How school placements work
On the School Direct route, you have applied to train at a specific school and, following interview, have been offered and accepted a place at that school. You therefore know where your first school will be, unlike those on the PGCE route.
You will start at your school in mid-late September and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You'll stay at this school until February half term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training days at university. You'll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you'll get out.
After February half term, you will move to another school for your short second placement which lasts for most of the second half of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school late in the Christmas term and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel.
If you have a child in a school in the partnership, you wouldn't be placed there, so please make this known early on.
You will return to your host school for the last week of the Spring term and the first half of the summer term when your training year will finish. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) towards the mid/end of June.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Please refer to the University of Sussex website for further details about fees.
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
The Millais Alliance does not offer any further financial support to that offered by DfE.
- For secondary, a degree in a relevant or related subject. The majority of the content should reflect the subject you are applying for.
Applicants with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply.
- For primary, a degree in any subject.
- GCSE Maths and English
- For Primary, GCSE Science
Please also check the entry requirements page on the University of Sussex website.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in this particular age range. Strong subject knowledge will make your training year easier.
You must like working with young people and making a difference to their lives; resilience and patience are also key qualities.
Although school experience is no longer a compulsory requisite, we do feel that you should have a basic understanding of the challenges of education before you commence your training.
DBS checks will be carried out by the university for those on the SD tuition route.
About the training provider
The Millais Alliance (TMA) is an excellent partnership to train and work in. Our vision is straightforward but powerful - 'the highest standards of education and care'. We prepare our young people to be global citizens ready to take on the world.
We have a proven record of working with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to the school community. We encourage our trainees to join in from Day 1. We have excellent in-school mentors who will support trainees in their training year and raise confidence in their classroom practice.
Our partnership of schools is led by Millais School, in the first cohort of designated Teaching Schools in 2011, and re-designated in 2015. We are an inspirational West Sussex partnership of 17 primary schools, 12 secondary schools and a Sixth Form College, many with Outstanding Ofsted ratings. The range of schools working together gives the opportunity to experience cross-phase observation in another of our Alliance schools regardless of the chosen phase being trained in.
Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. Both staff and students are ambitious and confident. Many consistently out-perform their peers nationally and make significantly greater progress.
Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. They are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
About the accredited body
The University of Sussex has a history of innovation for its teaching courses: 45 years ago it pioneered the model of school-based teacher training, now adopted by all training institutions in England.
In 1993 the Sussex Consortium of Teacher Education and Research was established and oversees a partnership where over 100 local secondary and primary schools work with the University to select, train and assess generations of new teachers. The result of this long-established relationship is that our trainees receive excellent support from schools offering professional practice placements, and from the experienced teachers who act as mentors supporting our trainees.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our alliance schools will explore assistance options with disabled trainee teachers and seek specialist advice from relevant agencies on the equipment and support that can be made available. Any assessment of teachers’ needs within the school would closely involve the individuals, providing personalised support.
Some of our schools have older buildings where modern adjustments have not been possible, so any accessibility issues would be overcome through flexible timetabling in suitable classrooms near disabled facilities.
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Chatsmore Catholic High School
Goring Street, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 5AF
Depot Road, Horsham RH13 5HR
Tanbridge House School
Farthings Hill, Guildford Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1SR
The Weald School
Station Road, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9RY
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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