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School-led Training (School Direct)

If you want your training to be based in a school where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one, a school-led training course is for you. You're selected by the school and are based there during your training. You will also spend time in at least one other school to gain the broad experience required to become a qualified teacher.

All school-led courses cover the practical and theoretical elements of teaching, often with university partners. Most school-led courses lead to a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master's-level credits, in addition to qualified teacher status (QTS).

University-led Training (PGCE)

Universities offer teacher training courses for both graduates and undergraduates. Universities work with groups of schools to offer at least two school experience placements as part of your training. Willingdon works with Sussex and Brighton universities

If you want your teacher training to be based at a university, this is the option for you. A PGCE is available through all university-led training.

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

East Sussex run a SCITT to train mainly primary students but also some secondary places.
More information can be found at 

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

If you are interested in teaching Maths, Physics, Languages, Chemistry, Computing, Biology, Geography, English, Design and Technology and Primary Maths, and have a related degree, both our partners universities offer SKEs.These are short courses to bring your subject knowledge up to scratch. Contact us and we can explain the options.

Taster Visits

If you would like to get the feel of what teaching is like today we can arrange short placements at Willingdon with relevant departments at times to suit you. Alternatively we can put you in contact with our partner schools to arrange a visit.

What do I do next?

Eastbourne Area School Direct Alliance  trains teachers through both routes. The first step is to approach a school to find out what the job entails and what course might suit you best. We can provide guidance for both Primary and Secondary routes. If you would like to find out more contact Becky Thomas/Jan Gregory at 01323 485254 or e mail -

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What is Schools Direct?

School Direct is a programme which gives schools the opportunity to recruit trainees directly, selecting them to train and work within their alliance of schools.

This gives schools greater control over the quality of training and how it is delivered. The training is delivered in partnership with a University training provider. In our case, the providers are the Universities of Brighton and Sussex.

There are two routes into School Direct: salaried and non‐salaried. The salaried route is aimed at graduates with at least 3 years relevant work experience and is an employment based route into teaching. The non‐salaried route is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Each route leads to fully qualified teacher status.

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School Direct placements will be determined by matching successful applicants to the most appropriate school and, in certain circumstances, a placement may be found outside our alliance, as we have excellent relationships with a broad spectrum of schools across the area. Placements will always be discussed with candidates.

What is the model for training?

The alliance will deliver all training in conjunction with the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and a range of other partners.

The focus of training will be school and classroom based with the support of experienced teachers and a programme of professional development delivered by the universities, not too dissimilar to that of the PGCE. The alliance will also deliver a range of special, focused training days, delivered by outstanding practitioners based in the schools, which will bring all the alliance trainees together to share their experiences and learn from each other.

What are the entry criteria?

• UK university degree indicated on UCAS site or a recognised equivalent qualification, relevant to your proposed subject area.
• Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics. Successful candidates will have had to have passed a Functional English and Mathematics test. Primary candidates will also require at least a grade C in GCSE Science.
• You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with young people. The alliance places great emphasis on safeguarding.
• Undertaking a short classroom type teaching task and showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is part of our interview process, so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.  

Bursaries and Scholarships

For details of the range of funding support available, please contact DFE direct

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How to apply?

For full details of the application process you should access UCAS The application for 2021-2022 will open at the end of October 2020. Initially, you should apply online through UCAS. Once the universities have checked that you meet the entry criteria, we will then lead the recruitment process with our alliance schools. Places will be filled following an interview process which will involve the potential placement schools and the relevant university provider.

We look forward to receiving your application and wish you well. Should there be any further information you require, please contact Becky Thomas at


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