Swale Academies Trust English (35KF)

QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Sussex
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

Trainees will work as unqualified teachers in one of the schools within our teaching school alliance. We work in partnership with University of Brighton and University of Sussex and both QTS and PGCE pathways are accredited by the Universities.

We recognise that trainees come with varying levels of previous school experience and our training is therefore tailored to the individual. For example, those who have plenty of relevant classroom experience will have the opportunity to begin teaching whole classes early on in the programme. Those with less relevant experience will receive more guidance at the start of the course, to build a firm foundation on which to base their classroom practice. We believe that it is important for trainees to have sufficient time to work with more experienced staff and mentors, in order to develop high-level skills before being given full responsibility for classes.

How it works

Trainees will receive at least 60 days (or equivalent) training during the year provided by either University of Brighton or University of Sussex. In addition, we provide a variety of school-based training activities, which include lesson observations in both the chosen subject area and other areas of the curriculum. Trainees are expected to attend staff meetings and INSET training days hosted by their school, and to engage with additional training or professional development as identifed by their mentor.

Course Training Content

Induction Day This is a valuable opportunity for trainees to meet the School Direct Team, fellow trainees and to learn about the training in detail.

Trainees will be given detailed information regarding the training schedule for the year.

Subject Days Trainees are released to attend Curriculum Days delivered at your chosen University. For further information please contact the universities directly.

Pedagogy in Practice These sessions where the practical implications of theories presented during the Professional Learning Days are further explored

Wider Developing Practice These are specific tasks that are completed at set times to reinforce and practise what is taught during the Professional Learning Days and the Pedagogy in Practice sessions.

Wider Professional Practice A four-week contrasting placement will be arranged for each trainee. In addition, an alternative stage placement of one week’s duration is arranged. Visits to other schools can be set up to provide wider experience

School placements

Trainees will be part of a whole school community where they will be immersed in everyday school life. Each trainee will be supported by a subject mentor. This will be an experienced teacher, who will guide and support them in their development to become a successful teacher.

There will also be a professional mentor who will oversee the training of all trainees within their school and can provide additional support.

Trainees will be based in the same school for the duration of their training, but there will be a second contrasting placement arranged in January so that all trainees are able to teach in a different school environment and broaden their experience further. There will also be additional contrasting experience days in the opposite phase so that each trainee gains an overview of both Primary and Secondary school life.

Being a trainee with Swale Academies Trust - East Sussex ITE will provide a network of fellow trainees across our East Sussex Schools. This means an instant connection with 5 other schools in the area, plus a connection with trainees in our Kent Hub, a group of 10 schools. The Trust uses a common platform to host email and to work collaboratively on. Trainees will gain access to this incredibly useful resource.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
The Eastbourne Academy
Brodrick Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 9RQ
The Turing School
Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 8EJ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Arrangements and funding for any equivalence test are the responsibility of the candidate.

Personal qualities

We are seeking people who are passionate and highly motivated. We need people who are ambitious for children and are ready to help them reach their true potential, who will believe in them and will help to challenge and support so that all children, no matter their starting point, can achieve. In addition, the most effective teachers will also have an empathetic relationship with their class, and will provide care and nurturing where required.

Well organised, self driven and creative individuals, with excellent computing skills including the use of virtual learning platforms such as Google Classroom are highly sought after.

Other requirements

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. School Direct positions are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

School Direct Salaried Positions Applicants for a salaried position should have a minimum of three years full time work experience, which may be in any career, and does not have to be in an educational setting.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £5,960.

Trainees on this route are responsible for QTS tuition fees. For those who opt to undertake the PGCE this will involve a further fee.

About the training provider

We have a long history of training teachers within the Trust and have developed a rigorous and robust training programme. This consists of a combination of practical and theoretical elements delivered by a dedicated team.

We recognise that trainees come with varying levels of previous school experience and our training is therefore tailored to the individual. Those who have plenty of relevant classroom experience have the opportunity to begin teaching whole classes early on in the programme. Those with less relevant experience will receive more guidance at the beginning, to build a firm foundation on which to base their classroom practice.

Our belief in the importance of trainees having sufficient time to work with more experienced staff means our aim is to make School Direct appointments supernumerary. This provides time for trainees to work closely with mentors and others to develop high level skills before being given full responsibility for classes.

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. School Direct positions are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

About the accredited body

Please see the University of Sussex website.

Interview process

If your application submitted is successful, we will invite you for an interview and assessment day at your chosen school.

Programme of the day:

Introduction presentation Tour of the School Delivery of teaching task (you will be provided with time to prepare this task prior to the lesson) Subject-based discussion to identify subject knowledge Formal Interview

This is subject to change according to school/position applied.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Over recent years, schools and academies have (in line with other institutions and public bodies) been working towards an improved understanding of the diverse nature of their communities. Much of the work is in response to new legislation that places an increased duty on schools, academies and other settings to tackle radicalisation and to establish a positive ethos of British Values. Legislation requires schools and academies both to eliminate direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment and to promote equalities for students, staff and others who use their facilities.

In our Trust we work to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all members of our community who hold a range of protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, as well as having regard to other factors which have the potential to cause inequality, such as, socio-economic factors.

Contact this training provider

07496 972 623
Westlands Avenue
ME10 1PF

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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