How to Apply & Salary

Candidates’ applications will be processed via the university clearing system, UCAS ( After an initial screen to check you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will be read by an expert panel who will invite successful applicants to interview. The interview will take place here, at one of our providers or in one of our partnership schools and is likely to include: 


  • 20 minutes teaching session  - potential secondary trainees are required to teach a given task and primary trainees can choose an appropriate activity. Tasks can be found on the Resources page.

  • written tasks  - designed to assess the quality of candidates’ written English and their understanding of current issues in education 

  • student interview - a selection of students across the year groups will conduct an informal interview for secondary applicants

  • formal interview - panel interview with members of the selection panel 

  • 10 minutes presentation on an aspect of your subject which you feel is misunderstood or difficult to teach.

Candidates will be advised of the exact format in advance. 
There will then be a second interview/meeting with The University of Sussex

Applicants who are successful at both interviews will be offered a conditional place subject to:

Evidence of having passed the literacy and numeracy skills test

  • Satisfactory Fitness to Teach assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service record check (DBS)

  • Satisfactory completion of between 5 and 15 days in one of our schools (this will depend on your experience) if appropriate. The purpose of the additional days in school is to ensure that the School Direct Programme is the right decision for both the candidate and the school. It is also an opportunity for us to gain information about you to inform the initial needs analysis, the setting of pre-course tasks and your personal training plan.


Salaried positions

You will work in either this school or one of our partnership schools as an unqualified teacher and you will be paid whilst you train. The salary is in line with the Unqualified Teacher Scale 1 and varies according to your experience, qualifications and the location and circumstances of the school in which you train. You do not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your training but as you earn a salary, you will not be eligible for a training bursary.


Tuition Fee positions

Training will take place across the consortium.  For bursaries and funding information please follow the link