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School Direct

Why train with us?

  • 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 two other large secondary schools, Uckfield Community Technology 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 third 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.

What is School Direct?
School Direct is a new teacher training scheme. Launched and piloted three years ago it is gradually increasing in popularity and we expect there to be a great deal of interest when the application system goes live. 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. For 2016 the Wealden Partnership is offering a range of training places in a variety of subjects.

Wealden Partnership School Direct Allocations 2016-17
Wealden Partnership consists of Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC), Heathfield Community College (HCC), Uplands Community College (UCC) and Beacon Academy (BA). Where the abbreviation HUUB appears, this means that all four colleges are considering seeking a trainee in this subject area and that the placement could be in any one of these four colleges.

Brighton University – School Direct

Subject

Training Programme Code

No. Requested

Schools

Physics

2RKQ

1

UCTC

Biology

2RKR

1

UCTC

Chemistry

2RKS

1

UCC

Computer Science

2G96

1

BA

Modern Languages

2RKW

3

UCTC & UCC

Religious Education

2V8V

3

UCTC, UCC & BA

Physical Education

2G8C

4

HCC, UCTC & UCC

Mathematics

2G7Z

5

HUUB

Design and Technology

2G85

4

HUUB

English

2RL3

1

UCC

Geography

2G86

4

HUUB

Art and Design

2G83

4

HUUB

Brighton University – School Direct – Salaried

Subject

Training Programme Code

No. Requested

Schools

Physical Education

2RBH

1

HCC

Design and Technology

2G93

1

HCC

Modern Languages

2GCS

1

UCTC

Mathematics

2G94

1

UCC

Sussex University – School Direct

Subject

Training Programme Code

No. Requested

Schools

Psychology

2RG2

1

BA

Social Sciences

2RG3

1

BA

Biology

2RG5

2

HCC & BA

Chemistry

2RK9

2

HCC & BA

Physics

2GCK

3

HCC, UCC & BA

Mathematics

2RKF

2

HCC & BA

Modern languages

2RKH

2

HCC & BA

Media studies

2RKK

1

UCTC

Computer science

2G87

1

UCTC

Drama

2G5V

3

HCC, UCTC & BA

Music

2G7S

4

HUUB

History

2G7P

3

UCTC, UCC & BA

English

2RKM

7

HUUB

Primary

2RL6

3

Sussex University – School Direct – Salaried

Subject

Training Programme Code

No. Requested

Schools

English

2G8Y

3

HCC, UCTC & UCC

Chemistry

2G8P

2

HCC & UCC

Physics

2G8L

2

HCC & UCC

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
As part of our entry requirements we expect applicants to have some experience of working with young people in this age group, possibly in a sports club or similar. It is an advantage to have completed some recent classroom observation in your subject area before you apply. Contact us directly if you would like to spend some time at Uplands Community College.

Thinking of getting in to teaching?
Explore your options here
www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training

Apply now for 2016 Link to UCAS
www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training