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School Direct Teacher Training

Interested in Teaching? - Click HERE for all the reasons why you are on the right path!

These videos "What to know when applying to teacher training" and "Tips for your Teacher Training application" may also help.

Recruitment Events 2017/2018

1. UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX - Thinking of Teaching? Recruitment Event - Thursday April 19th 6-8pm in Jubilee Building Foyer on the Sussex campus.

Please click on this link to book.

2. UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON - Train to Teach Open Evening - Wednesday 23rd May 4.30-7pm in Checkland Building, Falmer Campus.

Please click on link to book.

Our School Direct places 2018/2019

UCAS opens on 26th October 2017 and is will be available for searching only a week before.

All applications must be made via UCAS. 

If you are trying to find our places, you need to search on UCAS for The Millais Alliance, not by the university as with core PGCE courses. Our UCAS code is 1BK.

See below for our current places:

The Universities that we are linked with

Our two Partner universities are Brighton and Sussex. Please note that UCAS refers to universities as 'providers'.

For further School Direct information from their websites, please click the links below:

Further links for the University of Brighton: 

Further links for the University of Sussex:

General School Direct Information

There are eligibility requirements for Teacher Training and applicants will need to check the Eligibility Rules carefully.

Basic requirements are:

  • A good UK undergraduate honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics.
  • Additionally, a GCSE grade C or above in a science if you are applying to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7–14).

‘Equivalent’ qualifications will not be accepted – the applicant must have a degree. If the degree was taken in another country applicants would need to go to the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out if qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

Applicants need to have a strong knowledge of the subject they wish to teach. 

Professional Skills Tests

Applicants will need to take the government Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting a teacher training course. You must go to a specific test centre to take these on-line tests which can be taken a maximum of 3 times - the first attempt is free.

If you have not passed the test after the third attempt, you must wait two years before re-applying.

We would strongly recommend that applicants take these tests as soon as possible after making an application, as booking backlogs start to occur from about March onwards. You must be able to provide evidence of an application in the UCAS system when you go to the test centre.

Ideally, we would like all successful applicants to have taken and passed these tests by the end of the summer term before they start their training in the September.

The Two School Direct routes

In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience, there are two separate School Direct training options. These are Tuition (also called non-salaried) and Salaried.

School Direct Tuition route

You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £20,000, depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold.

In order to encourage the best people to enter the profession, if you are applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses beginning in 2013 you will need at least a 2:2 degree to be eligible for a training bursary.

School Direct Salaried route

Any applicant who wishes to apply for this route must have had three years’ work experience after graduation. As with both of the School Direct routes, candidates will be expected to demonstrate an ability to relate well to children, but the salaried placement applicants will need to show that they can work independently as this will be essential for the training route which will be predominantly classroom-based. 

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary. 

The salary varies between £15,817– £25,016; where you fit into these scales will depend on your position, experience and location, as well as on your individual school but in the Millais Alliance of schools it is likely to be at the lower end of the scale.



Because the financial awards change each year, we have linked to the relevant pages on the Dfe website, rather than give details here.

Please click HERE to find out more.

In essence, it boils down to three basic facts:

  • On the Tuition route, the trainee pays the university £9K for their training year. This can be financed by a government loan from Student Finance.
  • On the Salaried route, the trainee is not liable for any fees, but is paid a salary between £16,00-£21,000 depending where the school is based. The school must pay the university a fee for the time their trainee spends at university. Some subjects 
  • There are scholarships (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing) and bursaries available for both routes, but these are dependant on the degree class and the subject. Look for the table entitled training Bursaries to find relevant information for you.

Degree Equivalency

Please note that the TDA commissioned a grade comparison exercise, carried out by UK NARIC, of all international awards that are considered comparable to British Bachelor (honours) degree standard. Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table (PDF, 1MB) to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.

Advice about writing a personal statement

What is a personal statement?

It is your opportunity to stand out from all other applicants. It is important that you convey why you want to teach, what you can offer, and why you will make a good teacher. You will need to explain how you know that teaching is right for you, and in what way the school-based experience you have had confirms this.

What should I demonstrate in my personal statement?

  • A strong commitment to becoming a teacher
  • Be enthusiastic about your subject and show that you want to share this enthusiasm with pupils
  • Identify specific reasons for wanting to become a teacher
  • Demonstrate a desire to work with young people

A good understanding of what life as a teacher is really like

  • Recent experience of a secondary or primary school as appropriate, including observing lessons, ideally in the subject area you wish to teach.
  • Ability to analyse the teaching you have observed and describe what you have gained from the experience.
  • Understanding of what life as a teacher is really like
  • Understanding of the skills needed to be a teacher and work with young people

Appropriate personal qualities and values, for example:

  • Ability to work and interact with others
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • Good communication skills

How should I structure my personal statement?

  1. Why teaching and why you?
  2. Relevance of and reflections upon your school-based work experience
  3. Why your chosen subject?
  4. Any additional factors in support of your application
  5. Conclusion

Further personal statement information is available through UCAS. Click HERE to access.

Please note that we cannot give individual advice on Personal Statements.

Any further queries about the School Direct training routes should be made to Caroline Carroll, Teaching School Manager at Millais School on


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