School Direct

Great teachers are never forgotten.

Teachers transform lives and make futures brighter.

Why not train to become one?

Primary and secondary teacher training available.

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 and scholarships (up to £30k) are available to support you.

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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.

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 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 fourth 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.

“My time at HCC and with the Wealden Partnership has been extremely positive.”  (MFL SD Trainee 2013-14)

” My training year was a fantastic experience with plenty of support, I gained experience in all areas of teaching and school life which was invaluable.” (English SD Salaried Trainee 2014-15)

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a teacher training scheme, launched and piloted four years ago.

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.

Wealden Partnership School Direct Allocations 2017-18

Wealden Partnership consists of Uckfield 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.

University of Brighton - School Direct Training Programme

Subject Training programme code Schools
Physics 2RKQ UCTC
Biology 2RKR UCTC
Computer science 2G96 HCC, BA
Modern languages 2RKW HCC, UCTC, UCC
Religious education 2V8V UCTC, BA
Physical education 2G8C HUUB
Dance 324L BA
Mathematics 2G7Z HUUB
Design and technology 2G85 HUUB
English 2RL3 UCC
Geography 2G86 HCC, UCTC, UCC
Art and design 2G83 HUUB

University of Brighton - School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

Subject Training programme code Schools
Mathematics 2G94 HCC, UCC

University of Sussex - School Direct Training Programme

Subject Training programme code Schools
Social sciences 2RG3 BA
Biology 2RG5 HCC, BA
Chemistry 2RK9 HCC, BA
Physics 2GCK HCC, UCC, BA
Mathematics 2RKF HCC, BA
Modern languages 2RKH HCC, BA
Computer science 2G87 HCC, UCTC
Drama 2G5V HCC, UCTC, BA
Music 2G7S HUUB
History 2G7P UCTC, UCC
Design and technology 324M HUUB
English 2RKM HUUB
Primary 2RL6 N/A

University of Sussex - School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

Subject Training programme code Schools
Chemistry 2G8P HCC, UCC
Physics 2G8L HCC, UCC

Teach Kent and Sussex SCITT - School Direct Training Programme

Subject Training programme code Schools
Biology 33X6 N/A
Chemistry 33X7 N/A
Design and technology 33X8 N/A
English 33X9 N/A
Mathematics 33XB N/A
Modern languages 33XC N/A
Physics 33XD N/A

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 in any of our partnership schools.

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