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 Credits and a progression route onto a MA in Education.
With a history of innovation, we pioneered a model of school-based teacher training 50 years ago, now adopted nationally. Schools and the university work together at every stage of the selection, training, and assessment of our beginner teachers. This long-standing relationship results in excellent support from experienced teachers mentoring trainees on placement and dedicated University tutors offering models of successful pedagogy.
Trainees with disabilities and other needs
The University of Sussex Schools’ Partnership welcomes applications from any candidates who have the potential to make excellent teachers regardless of disability and additional needs. We have previously successfully supported trainee teachers with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism, Mental Health conditions and a range of physical, hearing, and visual impairments.
All candidates complete an online health questionnaire administered by the University’s Occupational Health Department in the summer before beginning the course. This is to establish mental and physical fitness for teaching. Following this, if you have a disability or health condition, you are then advised to register with the University Student Support service and an assessment is arranged to establish your needs and to identify additional support and adjustments needed to help you be as successful as possible on the course. At all stages we strongly recommend trainees fully disclose their individual needs so a support package can be tailored to everyone.
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.
Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.
Full-time Course - two periods of Professional Practice in two contrasting schools over the academic year September to June, training to teach in Key Stage 4 (14-16) and Key Stage 5 (16-18).
Placement 1: End of September to February half-term. Trainees benefit from a serial placement where the working week is divided between four days in school and a day of reflection and training at the University on Fridays.
Placement 2: February Half-term to Easter in a contrasting school or college with a return to your original placement school until May half term to complete the course. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.
Our Part-time Course
Year One: 2 days* a week in school and Fridays at the University
Year Two 3 days* a week in a second contrasting school and occasional University days. Towards the end of your course you will undertake a full-time 5 week teaching block.
Days of the week individually negotiated to suit both school and trainee.
We are looking for;
A passion for MFL and interest and involvement beyond your degree
A strong knowledge and understanding of the study of MFL, and a sound awareness of how the subject is taught within UK secondary schools
Effective communication and 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.
All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an Initial Teacher Education programme.
All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and Maths, or equivalent qualification
Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered Equivalency tests will be accepted in English or maths at their own expense. We can accept equivalency test passes from ‘A Star’ and ‘Equivalency testing.com’
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
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.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Our school-based School Direct programme is accredited by the University of Sussex and provides trainees with an opportunity to undertake an outstanding and dynamic initial teacher training in a vibrant primary or secondary school environment.
All schools within the consortium, including the lead school, Knole Academy, are based within the west Kent and south east London area and allow trainees to be fully immersed in the daily school routine. Trainees are fully supported during their training through a robust support network of professional and subject mentors based within the placement school and at the University of Sussex.
Some key benefits of undertaking a placement within the consortium include:
Part-time (over two years) or full-time (over one year) course options available
A range of subjects are available to teach at the secondary school level
Numerous primary school teaching placements are available
A complementary 4 to 6 weeks placement within a partner school provides trainees with a varied training programme
Applicants can apply for a salaried post and start earning money from the beginning of their training
Trainees have numerous scholarships, bursaries and funding options available to support them during their training
Successful trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) worth 60 Masters level credits
Offering a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary (ages 5-11) and Secondary (11-16) with specialisms in over eight subjects. For the latter, professional practice is focused on Key Stages 3 and 4.
Committed to high-quality teacher education built upon genuine partnerships, inspired by best classroom practice, and engaged in teaching as an intellectual and ethical vocation. Our goal is to recognise, support and develop a generation of reflective practitioners who are ready, willing and able to improve the life chances of every young person they teach.
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.
Before the selection day
Listen to a video talk giving further information about the Sussex course
Complete some paperwork including our ‘Suitability for Teaching Declaration’.
Both the above will be sent to you by email in your invitation to interview
On the selection day
Have an individual online interview, via Zoom or face to face with a Sussex tutor and an experienced teacher from a partnership school
Deliver a short pre-prepared classroom type teaching task or presentation to the panel. You will receive details of the task in your invitation to interview.
Show the interview panel a form of photo ID on camera or in person for checking
Have an opportunity to ask the panel questions you may have about the course and your individual circumstances.
After the selection day
If we offer you a place on the course and you decide to accept we will need you to send us or bring in your original Undergraduate Degree, and GCSE Maths and English certificates
Showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is part of the selection process so if logistically possible candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
The University of Sussex Schools’ Partnership welcomes applications from any candidates who have the potential to make excellent teachers regardless of disability and additional needs. We have previously successfully supported trainee teachers with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism, Mental Health conditions and a range of physical, hearing and visual impairments.
All candidates complete an online health questionnaire administered by the University’s Occupational Health Department in the summer before beginning the course. This is to establish mental and physical fitness for teaching. Following this, if you have a disability or health condition, you are then advised to register with the University Student Support service and an assessment is arranged to establish your needs and to identify additional support and adjustments needed to help you be as successful as possible on the course. At all stages we strongly recommend trainees fully disclose their individual needs so a support package can be tailored to each individual.
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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