Why get into teaching?

Use your knowledge and passion to help unlock young peoples' capabilities and talents, and prepare them for their place in the modern world.

Our Places

There has never been a better time to train to teach. Our recovery from Covid 19 is dependent on having the best teachers supporting students. This process starts with getting the right people into the profession who have the knowledge, skills and experience that will impact on the life chances of children and young people. At an individual level, there are many people considering teaching as a viable career and vocation that will give a deeper sense of fulfilment and achievement. With attractive bursaries, scholarships and early career payments there are also significant financial incentives for choosing to teach. Click here for further information.

Prerequisites for enrolment onto courses include the equivalent of a 2:2 degree or above, a GCSE in English and Maths at grade C (4) or above (plus a grade C (4) or above in Science for primary education). But as important is a commitment to working with young people.

We believe that you need to train in a school pledged to providing you with the best training environment to support you as a new teacher. We work with over 20 schools (see map) across West Sussex and into East Sussex and Brighton and Hove – each with its own identity and specialism.

We support teacher training in most Primary and Secondary subjects.

Art & Design


Business Studies


Design & Technology





Media Studies

Modern Languages


Physical Education



Primary with Maths


Religious Education


If you want to see our remaining places for a September 2020 start please see here. This will be fully updated with our comprehensive offer for a September 2021 start when the new recruitment cycle opens in the autumn 2020.

Gain a postgraduate level qualification (PGCE) whilst training in highly innovative and aspirational schools for the best start to your career.

Schools in the Inspire TSA have a distinctive ethos based on outstanding teaching and learning where you can develop as a practitioner and prepare for a successful, fulfilling and happy career in teaching.

Training is provided in partnership with the University of Sussex and St Mary's University.

Why Us?

Put simply, we believe that teaching is a wonderful profession and we are fully committed to ensuring that we share this passion and provide you with the right opportunities to develop as outstanding teachers for the future.

We guarantee an interview for any relevant post in a partnership school for those on the programme with us.

What are we looking for in a candidate?

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic, inspiring and passionate individuals who are suited to a career in teaching.

  • Friendly, engaging and approachable
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creative, innovative and aspirational
  • Well organised
  • Passionate about your subject
  • Reflective about your own practice and keen to improve
  • Potential leadership capabilities

Personal Statement & Reference

As part of the UCAS application process, you will be required to submit a personal statement and reference.

Personal Statement

  • Demonstrate a commitment and passion for teaching.
  • Provide evidence of and reflect on the in-school experience you have gained (voluntary and paid).
  • Provide evidence of other relevant experiences that have contributed to your personal or professional development (for example, previous careers, voluntary or charitable work or other experiences).
  • Make sure your personal statement is well written and grammatically sound.


  • The reference will recommend the applicant for a career in teaching. It will read positively about the applicant’s academic achievements and also their personal qualities and attributes.
  • The reference will outline the applicant’s prior classroom and other in-school experiences.

DBS Check

  • All trainee teachers must be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) through the ‘Disclosure’ process and will be assessed for suitability.
  • All offers for places on the Inspire Teaching School Alliance Train to Teach programme are ‘conditional’ subject to receiving a satisfactory disclosure from the DBS.

What Happens Next?


The Selection Process

Our course leaders will screen applications via UCAS, assessing individual's experience, academic qualifications, personal qualities and interests and wider experiences.


The Interview

Interviews typically involve a group task or discussion, a short presentation and a panel interview. Preparation is the key to a successful interview.

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Skills Test

You will be required to pass a numeracy and literacy skills test before you are able to start the teacher training programme.

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