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.