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Teacher Training Opportunities at Dorothy Stringer School


Dorothy Stringer School has an excellent and long-standing reputation for high quality Teacher Training. In partnership with the Schools of Education at Brighton and Sussex Universities, we train up to 36 Trainee Teachers a year across most subjects. Our trainee teachers consistently rate their experiences here as good or outstanding.

"Stringer is a fantastic school and I'm so fortunate to have been part of such a supportive and helpful environment for my first placement - there are so many opportunities to get involved in lots of different aspects of the school, I've really enjoyed my time here." Maths trainee 2011

Our intention is to instil a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning in all our trainee teachers. As a city school, Dorothy Stringer has a truly comprehensive intake of pupils. As such we are able to provide our trainees with a wide range of teaching and classroom management skills necessary to engage all pupils with a variety of learning needs.

" This placement has really given me the confidence in recognizing my potential to be an excellent teacher. The PE department and whole school has welcomed me in and have fully supported my development to becoming a competent teacher." PE trainees 2012

Establishing the conditions in which pupils are happy and enthusiastic about learning is central to our practice; skilful, committed and vibrant teaching is at the heart of our school. We believe trainee teachers, who are continually supported by experienced mentors and classroom practitioners, bring a vitality and enthusiasm to our school and our students.

" The support from the training team has been excellent throughout the placement. From day one, as trainees, we were made to feel extremely welcome and each Professional Studies session has been planned specifically to ensure that we make progress in regard to the Standards and develop our own teaching practice." History trainee 2012

We strive to promote excellent practice through example and a tailored professional development programme. This, together with sustained mentoring and support, enables our trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and skilful teachers. We also engage our trainees in a rich and diverse range of extra-curricular activities, allowing them to participate in the wider community of school life. Our gifted teachers, rigorous curriculum and whole hearted commitment to Every Child Matters (ECM) is the foundation for our student teachers to go forward to inspire and educate the all pupils they will have the privilege to teach over the coming years.

" I have been extremely impressed with the training team at Stringer who are always available if you need them. The passion and positivity they have for their work can't fail to rub off on you!" Geography trainee 2012



Routes into Teaching:


PGCEs-Traditionally, most of our Trainees have taken the Post Graduate Certificate of Education route into teaching. This is a year-long course currently run as a partnership between schools and universities in which trainees undertake two placements in different schools.
School Direct- We are also now leading a partnership with all the other secondary schools in Brighton and Hove for the new School Direct programme. The main aim of School Direct is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or group of schools in which they were trained. This route comprises both a training route and a salaried route. It is an exciting new initiative which allows schools to shape and influence the way ITT is delivered that better meets the need of the school. For more information about this route please visit:

We will begin a new round of recruitment for the School Direct places later in the second half of the autumn term. Details about recruitment events will be published on the home page of the school website.

School Experience- We welcome many visitors throughout the year who wish to experience life in a vibrant, popular comprehensive school and to find out whether teaching is the right career for them. Anyone who wishes to gain experience in this way will be subject to safe-guarding scrutiny and CRB checks. If you have any queries please sign up to the School Experience Programme (SEP) via the Teaching Agency website.

NQT's- Supporting NQTs through their first year of teaching is a crucial element of the school’s training focus. The Induction year can be exciting and challenging as teachers face being responsible for their classes and guiding young minds through the curriculum. In addition, we support NQTs in an atmosphere where highly-trained Induction Tutors, Heads of Department and other experienced colleagues are there to provide guidance when necessary.
At Dorothy Stringer, a programme of Professional Development opportunities is tailored to the NQTs’ needs, to augment their teaching. These sessions are designed to provide NQTs with a range of skills and develop areas of their teacher training. We actively encourage them to observe other teachers’ lessons and to research aspects of their own classroom practice so that they remain committed to improving their teaching and learning. The NQTs and their tutors also foster links with others involved in Induction in local schools; secondary, primary and the specialist sector.


If you would like any information about training at Dorothy Stringer please contact:
Liz Uren -Assistant Head: Teaching and Learning & Professional Tutor
T: (01273) 852222


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