About the course
On the School Direct training programme you’ll graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Brighton and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This is an intensive year with two-thirds of the course based in our academies and the remainder in university-based lectures, seminars and independent study.
You’ll either choose, or be assigned, a host academy where you’ll gain most of your experience and training. Over the year you will also spend time in another academy within the Trust. We believe this will help you to develop as a teacher, by broadening your experience of how different academies work.
The programme is offered in all three of our secondary academies:
- The Hastings Academy has a formidable reputation for high standards and innovation, delivered by a team of talented professional staff. It has approximately 900 students and hosts a special facility for young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.
- The St Leonards Academy is an innovative school with dedicated and determined staff, united by its values. It has approximately 1500 students and hosts a special facility for young people with physical disabilities or severe autism. The academy the highest expectations that each and every child will achieve personal and academic success.
- At The Burgess Hill Academy students experience an innovative and dynamic approach to learning in all their lessons, as well as high-quality pastoral care. The academy is committed to ensuring that every pupil leaves with the qualifications, enrichment experiences and employability skills they need for life. It has a published admissions number of 240 and total capacity of 1200 students.
In your academy you’ll have a mentor who will meet with you every week to look at where you’re making progress and to set personalised targets for your development.
You will receive a thorough induction programme which includes shadowing pupils in order to give you the best preparation for you to begin your teaching journey. Following your induction you will work alongside teachers, often team teaching, in order to get to know your pupils and the subject matter well enough to then take over the classes fully.
By training with the University of Brighton Academies Trust you’ll also benefit from networking opportunities with trainees based at our other academies, and when your training is complete our continuing professional development (CPD) programme will help you to enhance your skills as your teaching career develops.
Once we’ve assessed your application, we’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to attend an interview in person at the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus.
The interview will include a number of structured activities aimed at allowing you to show your potential.
If your interview at the university is successful, we’ll invite you to attend a further interview at the academy to which you are applying . This will include a pre-planned teaching activity, together with an interview with a member of the academy’s Leadership Team and the appropriate Subject Leader.
How school placements work
Candidates can indicate their preferred academy and this will be met where possible. Your host academy will be confirmed before the programme starts, so that you can arrange accommodation in advance.
You will be teaching students aged 11 to 16.
The majority of your school placement will be in your host academy. In February you’ll join another academy for 4-6 weeks, then continue at your host academy for the remainder of the year.
You will normally attend university based sessions for two days a week; the rest of the time is spent on school placement.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 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 School Direct training programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee.
Further information is available here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx#fees
Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant.
GCSEs (minimum grade C or grade 4) in at least English language and maths. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.
You will need a realistic awareness of the teaching profession with the capacity to thrive in a demanding and fast moving environment.
While experience in a school is not a condition of entry for initial teacher education courses we recommend that you take up opportunities to gain a realistic understanding of whether teaching is right for you. We may be able to provide you with this opportunity before you decide to apply; alternatively, the Get Into Teaching School Experience Programme offers opportunities across the country to book a day’s worth of experience.
All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check.
About the training provider
The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a network of 15 academies in Sussex all supporting each other – and our pupils – to excel.
We believe that education transforms lives. Enriched by the University of Brighton's contribution, we want to ensure that our 7,500 pupils are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning.
School Direct is a year-long postgraduate teacher training programme. Trainees spend more time in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence-boosting experience.
Based in one of our academies in Sussex you’ll benefit from a tailored training programme, with personalised support from highly experienced teachers and tutors. You’ll also attend training sessions at the University of Brighton, rated by Ofsted as an outstanding provider of initial teacher training.
We hope that once your training is complete, you’ll decide to continue your teaching career with us. With three large secondary schools, primaries with a range of specialisms from a forest school to expanding infant provision, we’re confident that there will be an opportunity to suit you and your career aspirations.
About the accredited body
Our School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Brighton. You will be mentored by the university’s successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.
The University of Brighton is judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted for its primary and secondary Initial Teacher Training provision.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our academies are highly inclusive, and we welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. We are a Disability Confident Committed employer.
Almost all of our academies are fully accessible.
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.
Edinburgh Campus,, Edinburgh Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN38 8HH
The Burgess Hill Academy
Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA
The Hastings Academy
Rye ROad, Hastings TN35 5DN
The St Leonards Academy
Edinburgh Road, St Leonards on Sea TN38 8HH
Support and advice
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