About the training provider
Benfield Primary School is a National Teaching School and leads the Sussex Coast Teaching School alliance in Brighton and Hove.
We are a group of 21 schools who are committed to high quality school based experience ensuring our children are provided with the best possible teachers.
Initial teacher training is at the heart of everything we do and we continue to invest in all our teachers through a continuum of professional development.
We provide a training programme which is school based for 4 days a week with a further one day at the University of Sussex.
Trainees are supported by an experienced mentor who is an excellent practitioner. We expect all our trainees to be an active member of our schools community, fully participating in all aspects of school life. We consider our trainees to be an essential part of our team.
In addition to classroom practice, all our trainees take part in professional learning led by colleagues across the alliance. This enables trainees to collaborate with other schools in sharing and embedding good practice.
We have recruited from our trainees over the past few years and many of these are now developing as leaders across the Alliance.
About the accredited body
The University of Sussex is an outstanding provider and we work in a strong partnership.
Many of our school colleagues take part in the recruitment process and contribute to the work of the University.
The University offers an approach focussed on evidence based practice and many trainees opt for masters credits. This continues post QTS with some NQTs continuing with Masters accreditation.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our support for candidates with disabilities reflects our inclusive approach to our children and their provision.
We welcome applicants with diverse needs and work in partnership with the University to try to ensure we avoid barriers for anyone wishing to become a teacher.
Many of our schools are suitable for colleagues with mobility conditions and include ramps and/or lifts.
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