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School Direct Teacher Training: Recruiting for 2019/2020

In conjunction with the University of Brighton we are recruiting people who want to train to teach.

We have vacancies on our School Direct programmes starting in September 2019 in Secondary and Primary schools in West Sussex and Surrey. UCAS is now open.

All applications must be made via UCAS you will need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

There is a new way of searching for Teacher training courses and this can be found here.

To find details of our programmes search for SCLP Alliance or use our UCAS code 17F. When you apply you’ll need our UCAS training provider code 17F and detail the training programme codes listed by your choose programme type and list the relevant training location code for the choices section of your application form.

Preference can be made at the time of application although placement in a particular school cannot be guaranteed. Course and location codes can be found here.

To find out more:

For general advice visit the Department for Education Get into Teaching Website.

For information about how we support our students, you can;

Or please come and see us at the following Train to teach Recruitment events:

These events ae designed for anyone who has a degree and is interested in teaching – particularly those who are considering starting their initial teacher training in September 2019. It offers a great opportunity to get all your questions about teaching and teacher training answered.

Brighton: Wednesday 28th November 2018 at the University of Brighton. The event is being held in the Large Lecture Theatres in the Checkland Building. Doors open at 4.30 – 7.30pm.

Crawley: Thursday 28th February 2019 at the University of Brighton. The event is being held in the Large Lecture Theatres in the Checkland Building. Doors open at 4.30 – 7.30pm.

Crawley: Thursday 28th February 2019 at Arora International Hotel. The event is being held in the Longley Suite. Doors open 4.30 – 8pm.

If you attend one of the above events you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the different teacher training options available, to help you decide which would best suit you
  • meet representatives from our own and other schools/universities that deliver teacher training in this area, and find out about their courses and entry requirements
  • receive advice on submitting a successful UCAS application
  • talk to practising teachers, including those who have changed career to teach, about what a career as a teacher is really like
  • find out about bursaries, scholarships and funding available for teacher training
How to register

We also offer Experience Days:

Please click here to access information about School Experience Days being run at Oriel High School

If you need to gain school experience in a primary school to apply for School Direct? We can help. Contact us: or telephone Pound Hill Infant Academy for more information on 01293 873975.

General School Direct Information

There are eligibility requirements for Teacher training and applicants will need to check the Eligibility Rules carefully Basic requirements are:

  • A good UK undergraduate honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • A GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and mathematics.
  • Additonally a GCSE grade C/4 or above in a science if you are applying to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7-14)
‘Equivalent’ qualifications will not be accepted – the applicant must have a degree. If the degree was taken in another country, applicants would need to go to the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out if qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSE’s, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

Applicants need to have a strong knowledge of the subject they wish to teach. Applicants will need to take the government Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting a teacher training course. You must go to a specific test centre to take these on-line tests which can now be taken unlimited number of times. The first three attempts are free.

We would strongly recommend that applicants take these tests as soon as possible after making an application. Booking backlogs start to occur from about March onwards. You must be able to provide evidence of an application in the UCAS system when you go to the test centre.

Successful applicants must have taken and passed these tests by the end of the summer term before they start their training in September.

The Two School Direct routes

In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience, there are two separate School Direct training options; there are two separate School Direct training options. These are Tuition also called non-salaried / PGCE with QTS) and Salaried (QTS with Salary)

School Direct Salaried route:

Any applicant who wishes to apply for this route must have had three years’ work experience after graduation. It does not need to be in an educational setting. As with both of the School Direct routes, candidates will be expected to demonstrate an ability to relate well to children, but the salaried placement applicants will need to show that they can work independently as this will be essential for the training route which will be predominantly classroom-based.

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

The salary is in the region of £16,800 but you will be taxed on this.


Because the financial awards change each year, we have linked to the relevant pages on the Dfe web-site rather than give details here.

In essence, there are three basic facts:

  • On the tuition route, the trainee pays the university £9,250 for their training year. This can financed by a government loan from student finance
  • On the Salaried route, the trainee is not liable for any fees, but is paid a salary in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale; your relevant experience will determine your starting point on this scale. It will be in the region of £17,000 depending on where the school is based. The school must pay the university for the time their trainee spends at the university.
  • There are scholarships (Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Computing) and bursaries available for both routes; these are dependent on the degree class and the subject. Look for the table entitled training Bursaries to find relevant information for you.

Degree Equivalency

Please note that the TDA commissioned a grade comparison exercise, carried out by the UK NARIC, of all international awards that are considered comparable to British Bachelor (honours) degree standard. Applicants with a degree outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult with their chosen training provider.