Thinking of Teaching?

Are you a recent graduate - or soon to graduate - with a good degree OR interested in an undergraduate route to primary teaching?

The University of Sussex offers a range of exciting routes into teaching in partnership with schools, colleges and nurseries across the South East.

Postgraduate PGCE and School Direct courses are available in a range of subjects and phases:

PRIMARY PHASE: Primary, Early Years and Primary with Maths.

SECONDARY PHASE: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Business Studies, English, Geography, History, Classics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Media Studies, Design Technology, Art & Design, Drama, Psychology, Social Science, Religious Education and Physical Education.

Our creative three year Primary and Early Years Education BA (with Qualified Teacher Status) enables undergraduates to study for a degree whilst attaining QTS.

We also offer an innovative Early Years Education MA (with Early Years Teacher Status) at no cost to Home/EU students.

Postgraduates could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £30k, or a training salary of up to £25k (depending on subject, qualification and location), while training to teach.

To find out more about how you could make a difference to young people’s futures, come and meet university tutors and school teachers. Date and venue of next event is given on our Events Page.

To book a place at the event visit:

For enquiries, email: [email protected]

Details of the current Schools Direct Places can be found in here [pdf] (last updated 24th January 2017).

Routes into teaching

At Blatchington Mill School we have a passion for learning and we are committed to training teachers who share our vision. Teaching is a rewarding, challenging profession and we have a long standing commitment to developing outstanding teachers of the future. In the current climate, routes into teaching are varied and the application process can be somewhat bewildering. We hope the information provided about School Direct will help you make the important decision that teaching is the right choice for you.


We offer placements with Brighton University in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • PE
  • Maths
  • ICT

More information here:

We offer placements with Sussex University in the following subjects:

  • English
  • History and Classics
  • MFL
  • Science
  • Music

More information here:

School Direct

School Direct is a allows schools or groups of schools to take a leading role in ITT provision in partnership with an accredited provider. It is underpinned by a belief that schools can improve the system by creating more school led training that best meets the needs of schools and trainees. School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to work within their partnership of schools.

If you already have some classroom experience, perhaps as a Teaching Assistant or Cover Supervisor, then a School Direct programme could be a good option for you.

What are the different routes?

In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience, there are two separate School Direct training options. The first is the salaried route that we don’t offer at Blatch. However, the School Direct Training Programme is available to high-quality graduates. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support you while you train.

Information about these different routes can be found on:

Timeline for recruitment:

You will initially apply online through the Teaching Agency:

Your application will then be processed through either Brighton or Sussex universities and passed on to relevant schools who will decide whether to invite you to interview.

What are the entry criteria?

  • UK university degree or recognised equivalent.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and mathematics.
  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check to verify your suitability for working with young people.
  • You will also be required to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

What Subjects Are We Offering?

  • Art (Brighton University)
  • Maths (Sussex University)
  • Music (Sussex University)

What are the differences between School Direct and PGCE?

  • You can be offered a place on a PGCE with limited school experience. The School Direct Training Programme is more directed towards people who have been working in a school environment.
  • With School Direct, the school offers you a place, in partnership with the university, so you will know where most of your teaching practice will take place (there will be a second shorter placement in a different school). With the PGCE , the university will decide which school you go to, based on geography and transport, but you won’t find this out until the beginning of the course.
  • With the School Direct Training course, the university input is the same as it is for the PGCE.

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Many of our trainees, both PGCE and School Direct have ended up with jobs at Blatch, following their training.

Last updated by N.Moore Sept 2017