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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 our 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 some bursaries and scholarships there are also some significant financial incentives for choosing to teach. 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

Media Studies with English

Modern Languages


Physical Education



Primary with Maths


Religious Education


Our comprehensive offer for a September 2021 start date is available here.

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 Alliance 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 Teach South East.

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.

More Information

Induction Events

If you accept the place offered we will invite you to our induction events in July 2021.