About the course
The year is divided into four main sections. We start with induction, and end with the enrichment week. In between those are the two school professional practices and the assignments. Induction – Placement one – APK – Placement 2 – RPK – Enrichment week
The structure is mainly the same each Friday. In the morning you will be involved as a Cosmo group in exploring some practical aspects of teaching as well as have the opportunity to discuss and learn about some pedagogic aspect of teaching. In the afternoon you will meet with your subject tutor who will follow your subject specific programme for the year
Professional Practice One
In your first Professional practice, you will be inducted into school in the first few weeks. You should have the opportunity to observe pupils and teachers as a way of seeing how the school policies work in action. It is intended that you will have a gradual introduction to teaching a lesson and should be able to plan small sections of lessons (such as starters and plenaries) before being given a whole lesson to teach. Normally we would not expect a trainee teacher to teach more than one whole lesson before the October half term, although this may be modified for the skills of the individual teacher. Note that everyone will have different inductions in their schools. Try not to compare or fret; if you are unsettled talk to your tutor.
We would hope that you would be working towards a timetable of 8 hours by Christmas. Remember that we will all progress at various rates and there is no ‘normal’ progression for a trainee teacher. You will maintain these 8 hours after Christmas to the end of the placement.
Professional Practice Two In this professional practice, you will spend more of the week in school. There are only a few Friday sessions at University to allow you to teach more hours in school. As with professional practice one there should be a short period of induction when you arrive at professional practice two where you are given the opportunity to see how the school policies work in action.
You will be working towards a timetable of 12 hours per week in this professional practice. Possibly a few more hours towards the end of the placement.
You will be required to attend two interviews one at the University and one at the school that you wish to apply for.
Below is an example of the University and School interview process-
Arrival and document check
11.00 – 12.30 Welcome and overview of the programme with opportunity to ask questions. Writing task.
12.30- 13.25 Lunch Break
13.30 – 16.00 Presentations & individual interviews
8.45 Arrival and document check
9.00 - 9.20 Teaching Task to a group of students
How school placements work
All routes and phases will complete two professional practices – this is a requirement for the award of QTS. Trainee teachers need a variety of experience in schools to enable them to meet all the Teachers’ Standards. They need to teach children and young people in their specified age range, from different backgrounds, as well as gaining experience of different approaches to teaching and to school organisation and management.
Professional Practice 1 is the period of time from the end of September to Christmas During Professional Practice 1, Trainees spend Monday to Thursday in school and Friday at University.
Professional Practice 2 is the period of time from January until May half term which includes the second school placement During Professional Practice 2, Trainees attend University on a fewer number of Fridays held at strategic points in the placement.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries 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.
Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language and maths. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.
About the training provider
The Brighton & Hove School Direct Partnership is a large alliance of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area. As a partnership Hove Park School is the Lead School in an alliance of 27 different schools from across the City and beyond, and we are committed to initial teacher training, we feel that training with us is a highly rewarding and innovative experience that will provide you with an excellent training ground in your first steps to becoming an outstanding practitioner.
•The Primary, secondary schools and Sixth form Colleges in our alliance have had consistently good and outstanding OFSTED grading for their teaching and learning in recent years.
•Our schools are very experienced in both university and school based teacher training routes, and mentors and coaches are well trained to support you through your training year. We also have a network of very supportive and experienced professional tutors and in-school mentors that will stretch and challenge you, so that you become the best practitioner that you can over the year.
• The diversity within the partnership enables you as a trainees to engage with a wide variety of teaching methods and styles of learning.
•Each year we have a large selection of trainees in our schools, including PGCE, so you will not be alone but will benefit from the peer to peer support that is so important when learning new skills.
About the accredited body
University of Sussex tutors work with us to provide high quality inputs on how to teach and assess your chosen secondary subject or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of Professional Studies which complements the school-based training offered across our partnership.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a partnership we do our best to cater for all individual needs. Applicants would need to be in contact with the schools directly to see what support they have in place.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Dorothy Stringer School
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
Chalky Road, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex BN41 2WS
Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XN
Ratton School, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 2XH
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