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Schools Direct - Brighton & Hove Partnership 


The Brighton & Hove and Sussex School Alliance is a large partnership of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area.  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. 

The School Direct route into teaching is for people who are graduates. The entry criteria also requires a GCSE pass in maths and English. The school and university are involved in the recruitment process. Whilst similar to the |PGCE you will spend the majority of your training year in your home school and a 6 week complementary placement elsewhere in the spring term. This route can be tuition based or salaried.  

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.  

The Universities also provide a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered across our partnership. University sessions take place on 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. 

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