On successful completion of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programme you will be awarded the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Standard that will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from the University of Brighton.
It is designed for experienced professionals and graduates aspiring to become a teaching professional.
The apprenticeship blends workplace learning with part-time university study. You will be based in one of our secondary academies for the duration of the year long apprenticeship, and 80 per cent of your time will be spent engaging in on-the-job school-based training. The remaining 20 per cent will be spent studying through a mix of web-based, face-to-face and independent learning, covering:
Subject Knowledge Inputs
Professional Practice Development
Contemporary Issues In Education
Evidence Based Practice
Professional Knowledge Enquiry
The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is offered in our three secondary academies:
The Hastings Academy has approximately 900 students and hosts a special facility for young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.
The St Leonards Academy has approximately 1500 students and hosts a special facility for young people with physical disabilities or severe autism.
The Burgess Hill Academy 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.
The majority of your school experience will be in your host academy, where you will receive on the job training.
You will be teaching students aged 11 to 16.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
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
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.
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.
You will be paid on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the duration of your Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship.
Fees and financial support
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.
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.
University of Brighton, Exion 27 Crowhurst Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 8AF
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