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Quotation from  Emily - School Direct trainee:

"By choosing the schools direct method into teaching with TSA24, I have been fully supported through my placements and time at university on the PGCE course. The schools that I have worked with have provided me with valuable opportunities to grow and learn as a professional and apply theory to practise in creative learning environments. The twilight sessions organised by the alliance have given me practical advice, preparing me for my own future classrooms. The school experiences I have had, arranged by TSA24, have fully equipped me with the skills I need to begin a career in teaching”.

Quotation from Beccy - School Direct trainee:

"I remember the first time I seriously considered a teaching career was after receiving an email from my son’s school explaining to parents about a School Direct route into teaching. For me this awakened an interest in me and I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea.

I hadn’t realised that through a School Direct route it was possible to be more involved in finding a placement school.  My daughter had not yet started school and I felt that it would be helpful to be based in a local school.    I spoke to teachers at my son’s school who were incredibly enthusiastic about their career choice, saying that once they had become a teacher, they never looked back.

The journey to becoming a teacher has been challenging so far. It has tested my resilience and my resolve – but I am still convinced it was the right decision for me. The staff at Hassocks Infants could not have been more supportive of me and I have been so encouraged by all their feedback and comments.  It has been an extremely positive experience as a Trainee Teacher to be in a school that actively seeks to develop staff and share their knowledge and expertise. I have been made to feel that I am part of the team and that my ideas and contributions are valued. I feel as though I have been able to establish some new friendships which I hope will help me to keep motivated and focused.

I would highly recommend the School Direct route into teacher training – the support has been fantastic".

We have a leading role in recruiting and training new teachers.  Over the past two years we have successfully recruited School Direct Students into our partner schools.

We develop opportunities to provide school-led initial teacher training, more information about schools can be found in the attachement below.  We:

  • lead the development of school-led initial teacher training through School Direct in partnership with the University of Brighton
  • placements available at a large number of schools across West Sussex
    Crawley - Langley Green Primary, Maidenbower Infant School, Maidenbower Junior School,  Poundhill Infant Academy, Poundhill Junior School, St Margaret's CofE Primary, West Green Primary, The Brook, Waterfield Primary, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary and Manor Green Primary School
    Burgess Hill - The Gattons Infant School and Sheddingdean Primary School
    East Grinstead - Baldwins Hill Primary School and Halsford Park Primary School
    Hassocks - Hassocks Infants School
    Henfield - St Peter's CE Primary School
    Horsham - Arunside Primary School, St John's Catholic Primary School, Trafalgar Infant School, St Mary's CofE Primary, Shelley Primary School and Warnham CE Primary
    Nr Steyning - Upper Beeding Primary
    Southwater - Castlewood Primary School, Southwater Infant Academy and Southwater Junior Academy
    Haywards Heath - St Augustines CofE Primary, Handcross Primary School and Harlands Primary School
    Horley - Horley Infant School
    Southwick near Shoreham - Glebe Primary School
    East Grinstead -  Halsford Park Primary School and Baldwins Hill Primary School
  • take an active role in the recruitment and selection of trainee teachers
  • have a clear plan for teacher training, including:
    • access to outstanding lessons and teachers for observation and planning
    • mentoring
    • quality assurance
    • co-ordination of initial teacher training with professional development opportunities

We offering School Experience Days at Trafalgar Community Infants and Castlewood Primary.  To find out more and register for a place visit:

To find out more about becoming a teacher and inspire the next generation, go to the bottom of this page where you will find a document outlining all your need to know including how to apply!

We work with Brighton University as our partner for School Direct.  There is a Train to Teach Event at the Arora hotel, Crawley which we will be attending on Tuesday 17th March 2020 at 4.30 - 7.30pm. To find out more and register to attend an event go to: