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Schools Direct - Brighton & Hove Partnership 


The Brighton & Hove School Direct Partnership is a large alliance of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area.  As a partnership Hove Park School is the Lead School in an alliance of 27 different schools from across the City and beyond, and we are committed to initial teacher training, we feel that training with us is a highly rewarding and innovative experience that will provide you with an excellent training ground in your first steps to becoming an outstanding practitioner.  

  • The Primary, secondary schools and Sixth form Colleges in our alliance have had consistently good and outstanding OFSTED grading for their teaching and learning in recent years.
  • Our schools are very experienced in both university and school based teacher training routes, and mentors and coaches are well trained to support you through your training year. We also have a network of very supportive and experienced professional tutors and in-school mentors that will stretch and challenge you, so that you become the best practitioner that you can over the year.  All our mentors are themselves outstanding practitioners.
  • Schools in the partnership include primary, maintained secondary schools and academies as well as Sixth Form Colleges. There are also a number of faith schools, special schools and a bilingual Spanish school which provide our trainees with a diverse range of schools in which to train and undertake their first or second placement.  The diversity within the partnership enables you as a trainees to engage with a wide variety of teaching methods and styles of learning. 
  • Each year we have a large selection of trainees in our schools, including PGCE, so you will not be alone but will benefit from the peer to peer support that is so important when learning new skills.


Our training is supported by both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex which have a long and successful tradition in teacher education. The universities work with us to provide quality inputs on how to teach and assess in different secondary subjects or across the curriculum in primary schools. We offer training in a wide range of curriculum areas including Psychology, Health & Social Care, Design Technology, Media and Economics

The Universities also provide a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered across our partnership. University sessions take place every Friday on the University campus and include a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials led by faculty, excellent teachers from partnership schools and other educational experts. These sessions also allow you to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and reflect upon the learning and teaching you do in schools.  Additionally both Universities give you the option of gaining either QTS or PGCE, whichever you feel is more advantageous for your future career.

To find out more about our partnership with the University of Brighton please visit:

To find out more about the University of Sussex ITE Partnership please visit: 

Entry Criteria

Brighton University

The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course and should be used as a general guide.  We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences.  For any courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.

Degree and /or experience:
A good honours degree with the potential to become an outstanding teacher


Primary salaried – Three years' professional experience and at least four weeks' school experience

Primary Tuition – At least four weeks' school experience

Secondary Tuition - Two weeks' school experience

GCSE (minimum grade C)

At least five subjects including English Language and Mathematics.  Primary applicants must also have achieved a Grade C or above in Science.

For non-native speakers of English

IELTS 7.0 in all elements

Sussex University

A 2:2 honours degree or above

GCSE Maths and English (and science for primary) or equivalency

A minimum of 10 days school experience prior to beginning the course (a minimum of 2 days before interview and a further 8 before beginning the course)

Candidates for the Salaried programme would usually have 3 years work experience (not necessarily in education) In the case of strong candidates for shortage subject places this requirement is at the discretion of schools and providers.

IELTs 7 (or equivalent) for non-native speakers of English

Professional Skills Tests

The Department for Education has introduced Professional Skills Test in literacy and numeracy for all applicants to teacher training (QTS) routes.  These tests are compulsory, and it will not be possible to enter training without having successfully completed them.  Candidates are able to book these tests in advance, and the Department for Education strongly advises you to take these tests soon after you have submitted and application.

You need to prepare carefully before attempting these tests, as you are limited to only three attempts per test.

More information regarding these skills tests can be found at

Fees Bursaries & Scholarships

How to Apply



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