Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, and Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ the University of Chichester has a long and distinguished record in training teachers dating back to 1839. They have a very strong reputation for school based training which enables them to offer a wide range of curriculum subjects. The majority of the University based sessions are delivered at their Bognor Regis Campus.


Goldsmiths, University of London have been training teachers since 1904 and are renowned as a leader in the field of educational research and teacher training. Goldsmiths work in close collaboration with a range of partner schools across London, in both teacher training and research. Goldsmiths programmes have a strong emphasis on active learning, creativity, inclusion and languages and graduates benefit from excellent employment opportunities. Goldsmiths campus is set in vibrant New Cross, with excellent London Overground, National Rail and bus links into central London


The University of Portsmouth has been involved with secondary teacher education since 1991 and is currently rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED for its secondary ITE courses. Situated in central Portsmouth at the School of Education and Continuing Studies we offer the highest quality of professional research-led training to meet the employment needs of local schools, where the majority of our trainees gain employment each year. Our partnership is very strong and schools are highly supportive of our course. We work with about 90 schools ranging from comprehensive secondary schools, middle and high schools, sixth form and FE colleges, special schools and independent schools.


The University of Sussex has a long and successful tradition in teacher education. The University of Sussex Initial Teacher Training (ITE) Partnership’s most recent quality outcomes relating to the School Direct and PGCE cohort completing their course in Summer 2015 included; 94 per cent completing their teacher education with either a Merit or a Distinction, 96 per cent securing their first staff teaching post on completion of their course and 99 per cent of ex-trainees rating the quality of their initial teacher training as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.  In March 2014 OfSTED highly rated the Sussex Secondary provision as ‘Good’ and Primary as ‘Outstanding’.

Candidates on a Primary or Secondary School Direct (Tuition Fee) place with University of Sussex will be automatically registered on the Sussex PGCE which offers up to 90 Master credits and enables progression onto a part-time MEd in the NQT year if you wish. You will receive the same high quality level of training and support from the University of Sussex as would a traditional Sussex PGCE candidate in addition to the many advantages of undertaking a school–based model of training with our strong partnership of schools.

University of Sussex tutors work with us to provide high quality inputs on how to teach and assess in a variety of secondary subjects or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the school-based training offered across our partnership.

After a full time intensive 1 week University Induction course in September you will train to teach in school Monday to Thursday each week. On some Fridays you will attend the University ITE training course on the Sussex campus at Falmer near Brighton alongside all other School Direct and PGCE trainees. This training features a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials and school visits led by University of Sussex education faculty, excellent teachers from partnership schools and other educational experts. These sessions also allow you to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and reflect upon the learning and teaching you engage with in schools during the week.

Every trainee is expected to complete a number of academic assignments at Masters level which are designed to develop knowledge and understanding, encourage reflection and assess progress against the Teachers’ Standards. The University works in partnership with the school to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). A university subject specialist tutor will be assigned to support you whilst on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.

University of Winchester

St Mary’s University, Twickenham