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Teacher Training

Teacher Training


Initial Teacher Training

We work with a number of different providers for Initial Teacher Training. These include:

• The Wealden Partnership (Heathfield Community College, Uplands Community College, Uckfield College, Beacon Academy)

• Teach Kent & Sussex

• Sussex University

• Brighton University


The Wealden Partnership


School Direct is a teacher training scheme. There are two types of training courses available: School Direct Training where trainees are trained in much the same way as the current PGCE course, and School Direct (salaried) where trainees are employed by a school and therefore spend more time “on the job” and correspondingly less time studying at the university. Most of our School Direct trainees follow the first of these routes.

Why train with the Wealden Partnership? 

  • The Wealden Partnership offers high quality teacher training by dedicated professionals in a supportive and aspirational environment. 
  • We believe that teaching is a wonderful career and that this is a successful, innovative and vibrant group of schools to work with. 
  • Our partnership of schools is led by Heathfield Community College and comprises three other large secondary schools, Uckfield College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy.
  • All four schools are highly successful and popular 11 – 18 mixed comprehensives situated in semi-rural communities in the north-eastern corner of East Sussex, within commuting distance of Brighton, Eastbourne and the South Coast.
  • We are now in our tenth year of recruiting trainees to our Partnership and are keen to continue to develop this further. Our trainees enjoy their placements with us and are positive about their training experience.

Wealden Partnership School Direct Allocations 2021-22

Wealden Partnership consists of Uckfield College, Heathfield Community College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy.

Trainees whose applications are successful are able to express a preference for their main placement school and we will do our best to accommodate this.


Please apply for School Direct Teacher Training via UCAS or the DfE site. The subjects still recruiting for 2021 entry are detailed below.


University of Brighton – School Direct Training Programme (SDT)


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University of Sussex – School Direct Training Programme (SDT)


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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKEs)

The Wealden Partnership are keen to recruit well-qualified, committed and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about their subject area and keen to share this passion with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. We work closely with two excellent, local providers (University of Brighton and University of Sussex) to ensure that Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available to potential applicants if there is a need to update your subject specialism.


School Experience Placements

Undertaking a short classroom type teaching task and showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is a likely part of the interview process, so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.  Schools may not be able to accommodate such visits at the present time but please contact your local school to enquire.

For queries about School Direct training with the Wealden partnership, please contact


Why training with Teach Kent & Sussex?

We also work with Teach Kent & Sussex to offer school placements for the right candidates.

“Great teachers are never forgotten.”

“Teachers transform lives and make futures brighter.” 

...why not train to become one?

Training will take place within our partnership of West Kent and East Sussex schools. Trained teachers gain a PGCE, the national and internationally recognised qualification of trained teachers. Our partnership has extensive expertise in training teachers and has a 100% employment rate post training.  For secondary trainees training available in a wide range of subjects.

Generous bursaries & scholarships (up to £30k) are available to support you.

For further details see: & twitter: @TeachKandS
Please contact Hilary Sutton, Liaison Officer or Carol Hughes, SCITT Manager by telephone on 01892 521595 or email ( for an informal discussion, more information and to register interest.  We can offer school experience days to support your application.

Primary & secondary teacher training available.