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​School 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.  Of the 16 trainees who completed the School Direct route with us in 2013-14, all of them have found full time employment as NQTs – 7 within our partnership and 9 from outside.

 

  • 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.

 

Support for Trainees - Brighton University

 

We are working in partnership with the University of Brighton's School of Education. Together we can provide you with both an excellent academic qualification and varied, valuable teaching experience on which to build a fulfilling teaching career. UoB is one of the largest teacher training institutions in the UK, with over 100 years of experience and an outstanding national reputation for training confident, well-equipped teachers.

The course comprises four strands which span school experience and university training: subject study/subject education, education studies, school experience and professional development. The subject study/subject education strand builds upon existing subject expertise and provides students with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the specialist subject in the secondary school context, allowing them to formulate their own rationale for teaching. Students consider pedagogical issues within curriculum development, and the learning and teaching strategies pertinent to the specialist subject, regularly reflecting upon, analysing, recording and evaluating their own learning experience. Students have the opportunity to develop a creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation within their specialism, and the capacity to improve practice. The Education Studies strand is common to all subject routes of the course and takes place both at the university and at school as a means of enabling students to develop practical competences supported by relevant, analytical skills.

All School Direct students are assessed against the Teachers' Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The University of Brighton works in partnership with schools to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will be assigned to support you whilst you are on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.

Students on the School Direct Training route are automatically registered on the Brighton PGCE and will be required to submit academic assignments, some at Masters Level, during the course. This facilitates progression to an MA Education award after completion of the PGCE.

 

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

 

http://about.brighton.ac.uk/education/study/itt/school_direct

 

Support for Trainees -Sussex University

 

School Direct (Tuition Fee) Place 

 

Our training is supported by the University of Sussex which has a long and successful tradition in teacher education in partnership with local schools. The University of Sussex Initial Teacher Training (ITE) Partnership's most recent quality outcomes relating to the School Direct and PGCE cohort completing their course in Summer 2014 included; 90 per cent securing QTS at the first attempt, 97 per cent completing their teacher education with either a Merit or a Distinction, 96 per cent securing their first staff teaching post on completion of their course and99 per cent of ex-trainees rating the quality of their initial teacher training as 'good' or 'very good'.  In March 2014 OfSTED  highly rated the Sussex Secondary provision as 'Good' and Primary as 'Outstanding'.  

 

University of Sussex tutors work with us to provide high quality inputs on how to teach and assess in a variety of secondary subjects or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the school-based training offered across our partnership.

 

After a fulltime intensive 2-3 week University Induction course in September you will train to teach in school Monday to Thursday each week. On Fridays you will attend the University ITE training course on the Sussex campus at Falmer near Brighton alongside all other School Direct and PGCE trainees. This training features a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials and school visits led by University of Sussex education 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 engage with in schools during the week.

 

Candidates on a Primary or Secondary School Direct (Tuition Fee) place will be automatically registered on the Sussex PGCE which offers up to 90 Master credits and enables progression onto an MEd in the NQT year.  Every trainee is expected to complete a number of academic assignments at Masters level which are designed to develop knowledge and understanding, encourage reflection and assess progress against the Teachers' Standards. The University works in partnership with the school to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will be assigned to support you whilst on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.

 

To find out more about the University of Sussex ITE Partnership please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite


 School Direct (Salaried) Place

 

Our training is supported by the University of Sussex which has a long and successful tradition in teacher education in partnership with local schools. The University of Sussex Initial Teacher Training (ITE) Partnership's most recent quality outcomes relating to the School Direct and PGCE cohort completing their course in Summer 2014 included; 90 per cent securing QTS at the first attempt, 97 per cent completing their teacher education with either a Merit or a Distinction, 96 per cent securing their first staff teaching post on completion of their course and99 per cent of ex-trainees rating the quality of their initial teacher training as 'good' or 'very good'.  In March 2014 OfSTED  highly rated the Sussex Secondary provision as 'Good' and Primary as 'Outstanding'.  

 

University of Sussex tutors work with us to provide high quality inputs on how to teach and assess in a variety of secondary subjects or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the school-based training offered across our partnership.

 

After a fulltime intensive 2-3 week University Induction course in September you will train to teach in school Monday to Thursday each week. On Fridays you will attend the University training course on the Sussex campus at Falmer near Brighton alongside all other School Direct and PGCE trainees. This training features a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials and school visits led by University of Sussex education 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 engage with in schools during the week.

 

Every trainee is expected to complete a number of academic assignments at Masters level which are designed to develop knowledge and understanding, encourage reflection and assess progress against the Teachers' Standards. The University works in partnership with the school to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will be assigned to support you whilst on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.

 

On the salaried route you will be working in school as a unqualified teacher alongside studying and are likely  to have a more extensive teaching timetable from earlier on in the programme than either School Direct (Tuition fee) or Core PGCE trainees.

 

Candidates on the School Direct (salaried) QTS only route can also opt for an additional academic award; the PGCE in Pedagogy and Practice (PP) offering up to 90 credits and enabling progression onto an MEd in the NQT year and beyond.

 

To find out more about the University of Sussex ITE Partnership please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite

Current training positions    CLICK HERE

 

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

Plus:

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

Primary Tuition – At least four weeks' school experience

Secondary salaried - Three years' professional experience and two 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 http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests

 

Fees Bursaries & Scholarships

 

http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/postgraduate-funding

 

How to Apply  

 

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