In September 2018, our partnership is offering a School Direct Initial Teacher training programme for graduates wanting to teach primary aged children, with a focus on special educational needs and disabilities. This is a full-time, one year programme accredited by The University of Chichester.

University of Chichester

Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher status

Programme Overview

As a trainee, you will follow a programme that includes classroom teaching, lesson observation, training within host school and partnership based training days and time spent at university.

The minimum number of days for a graduate for training in school is 120 days. This must include experience of teaching in a least 2 schools. The rest of the time will be university – based training days.

The minimum requirements for teachers practice and conduct, including that for qualified teacher status is set down in National Teachers standards.

STAGE Teaching School Alliance has 6 places available for September 2018.

Entry Requirements:-


At least a GCSE Grade C (or a grade 4 from summer 2017 onwards) in English Language, Maths and a Science subject.


Essential - Our minimum entry requirement for a first (bachelor’s) degree is a lower second (2:2). Desirable - An upper second (2:1) or (1:1).

 Professional Skills Test

Please ensure that you have passed professional skills tests before starting the course.


1) A minimum of two weeks spent in a school environment developing a basic understanding of teaching and learning either paid or voluntarily.

2) Some experience supporting/working with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) either paid or voluntarily.


You will be asked to provide two references via your UCAS application. Please ensure that you gain permission from your referees before you apply.

Professional Skills Test

The professional skills tests for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. All prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Tests have a shelf life of three years. If you have already taken the tests, please check that they are still current before you apply. More details can be found at STA.
What we are looking for in a trainee

  1. A strong and genuine commitment to teaching.
  2. An understanding of the challenges you might face during your training.
  3. An ability to reflect on, and learn from your own practice.
  4. An ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships.
  5. Emotional resilience, a sense of humour and energy to deal with competing demands.
  6. An ability to communicate clearly, effectively and succinctly.
  7. An awareness of current issues in education.
  8. A commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  9. An understanding of different types of Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  10. An understanding of the role of research in education.

Applying for our programme

To apply for our course you will need to submit an online application via UCAS.


The window for applications to start training in September 2018 will be open from October 2017 ( Date TBC). The accrediting provider for this programme is the University of Chichester.

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss further, please contact Lesley Dyer at QEII School Horsham on 01403 266215


STAGE Teaching School Alliance is led by
St. Anthony's School, Manor Green Primary School and the QEII School.

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