If you're looking for school-led training, School Direct is the option for you. With School Direct you'll be training in a school from day one.


What is School Direct?

Trainee teachers are recruited to School Direct by the schools they will be training in. These schools will also have more control over the quality of training that is provided and how it is delivered. Ratton School welcomes School Direct applications from candidates who have a passion for teaching and a desire to support young people in achieving their full potential. As part of two alliance partnerships, we guarantee an interview for any relevant post in a partnership school for those on the programme with us.

What are the routes?

We offer the non-salaried School Direct route, which is open to all graduates funded by tuition fees paid by the graduate (see DfE website for available grants). Our School Direct trainees will gain QTS and a PGCE in conjunction with our partner, University of Sussex.

We believe that teaching is a rewarding profession and we are fully committed to ensuring that we provide you with the right opportunities to train and develop as outstanding teachers for the future. We hope the information provided will help you in making the important decision that teaching is the right career choice for you.

What kind of training can we offer you?

The model for training that we will follow will be delivered jointly by the school and the university partner and will focus on training in the classroom as well as having regular university based sessions.

Eastbourne Area School Direct School Alliance (Willingdon School)

Current Availability 2017 -2018
SDirect Tution Fee (non-salaried) Music, English, Chemistry, Physics, History and MFL.

Eastbourne Area SDirect School Alliance WEBSITE



Current Availability  2017-2018
SDirect Tution Fee (non-salaried) Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Englsih, Music and MFL.



What are the entry criteria?

  • UK university degree (2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics
  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check to verify your suitability for working with young people.


Bursaries are available in a range of subject areas and full details can be found on the DFE website.

You will initially apply online through UCAS.How to apply?

Partnership schools and universities will lead the recruitment process. Places are filled following a selection day in the relevant school and a successful interview process. The school-based selection day will take place after the initial university sift and/or interview. The day will consist of time spent working with teachers and pupils. The activities undertaken on the day will assess your suitability and commitment to the teaching profession. Applicants will be informed of whether or not they have been successful within 40 days of submitting their application to UCAS.

On the selection day and for interviews you will need to bring along with you original certificates of your degree and GCSE qualifications. Please note that before commencing your training all successful applicants are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy.