This is a school- based route but delivered and quality assured in partnership with the University of Sussex. Schools in our alliance are committed to supporting the needs of trainees by treating them as members of staff. Schools will want to foster relationships with potential applicants via email and school visits.
Our School Direct includes a full PGCE with 60 Master’s credits from the university. This is an important feature of our offer to applicants as we, as an alliance, are committed to research and evidence based teaching approaches.
During the course you will learn to:
Express the values, virtues and expectations of successful professionals, challenging learners to fulfil their potential and enjoy learning
Secure a strong subject knowledge and critical appreciation of the curriculum and pedagogy in subject specialisms
Plan, teach and reflect upon successful teaching and learning strategies, and their impact on pupil progress
Anticipate and respond to the different learning, motivation and personal abilities and needs of individuals, groups and classes
Develop effective classroom management techniques which promote good behaviour
Assess the progress pupils make, and the ways in which this can be enriched
Establish an understanding of a range of whole-school issues, the values and assumptions that underpin them, and their application to school and classroom practice
Meet the professional requirements for conduct and practice as set out in the Teacher Standards
You will attend a full-time three week induction course on the university Campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement with us towards the end of the month.
Full-time candidates spend Monday to Thursday each week training in one of our partnership schools and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. Part-time candidates attend Sussex University on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.
You will have a ‘home’ and ‘away’ school placements over the course of the year. You will usually start in your home school in September at the beginning of term and then go on two weeks induction at the university. After this you will be on first placement at your home school. Your average week will be 4 days at school and 1 day (a Friday) at the university. This first placement phase lasts until February half-term. After this one-week break, you will go to your ‘away’ school. This will offer some kind of contrast to your first placement school to support your meeting the Teacher Standards. This short placement will come to an end at Easter and then you will return to your home school for the last 6 weeks of the course. We feel this sense of a home school supports developed professional relationships with colleagues and students anchoring your practice and development as a teacher.
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.
We require candidates to source and undertake GCSE Equivalency tests at their own expense. We can accept equivalency test passes from ‘A Star’ and ‘Equivalency testing.com’
As a partnership we are looking for;
A passion for English and interest and involvement beyond your degree
A strong knowledge and understanding of the study of English, and a sound awareness of how the subject is taught within UK secondary schools
Effective communication skills and good organisational skills
Awareness of current educational developments and issues
Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals
The ability to evaluate practice and address your weaknesses
Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change
A sense of responsibility and ability to work in a team.
Working with children: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide through its disclosure service. All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an Initial Teacher Education programme.
Health requirements: All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.
Salaried trainees are paid according to the unqualified teacher pay scale
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Bosco Sussex (formally Inspire and Bosco) have strong links to a range of different schools in the Sussex region. We are committed to providing an environment for teachers to thrive whether they are at the start of their training year or whether they aspire to be headteachers.
Our partnership of schools is not geographically rooted in one area of Sussex. The lead school for Bosco is St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham but our partnership is made up of faith schools, state comprehensives, primary and secondary schools, a special school and also independent schools. We are geographically spread from Brighton to Chichester and Crawley to Worthing. We believe we have a responsibility to make teaching an enriching, fulfilling and manageable career.
About the accredited body
The University of Sussex Schools’ Partnership offers high quality professional and academic School Direct teacher Education courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Schools and the university work together at every stage of the selection, training and assessment of our beginner teachers.
We aim to develop ‘thinking’ teachers with an over-riding desire to make a difference to the lives of young people. As a research intensive university, we believe teachers benefit from critical engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and continuing professional development as well as excellent practical classroom skills.
Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a Sussex selection event either face to face or online via Zoom. Following a successful interview schools will then invite the candidate for a school interview.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Elm Grove South St Philip Howard Catholic School Barnham West Sussex PO22 0EN
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