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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.

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

Our Places

Here you can see all the places available for 2020 - 21. Unless specified, all places are non-salaried.

In order to be considered for the train to teach School Direct programme, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C or above and for Primary places, a GCSE Grade C or above for Science
  • A UK Bachelor’s degree classification of 2:2 or above or an equivalent qualification as judged against NARIC (normally at least 50% subject content in the proposed subject area)
  • Satisfactory performance in the professional skills tests prior to entry

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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