The University of Chichester Academy Trust School Direct Partnership provides an exciting opportunity for you to develop as a teacher within a Trust whose mission is ‘to create a vibrant, inclusive and aspirational family of academies, transforming life chances for pupils through excellent teaching and learning’.

The Trust’s sponsor and School Direct partner, The University of Chichester, has a rich history of training and educating teachers. Its Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provision, based within The Chichester Institute of Education has been graded 'Good' by Ofsted (2017)

The Trust’s close link with the University brings opportunities for all trainees to develop within school environments where staff professional learning is a key driver for the development of the Trust. This professional learning is supported by the resource of the University, including opportunities to engage with current research.

Our School Direct training programme draws upon the wide expertise within both the Trust’s academies and The Chichester Institute of Education drawing upon the strengths of both school-led training and a traditional PGCE model. It will be delivered both in our academies, where high quality teachers have developed a school-based training programme, and centrally at the University. This provides opportunities for trainees to share experiences with peers across the Trust and with other School Direct trainees.

Alongside the recommendation for QTS the training programme leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Masters level) awarded by the University of Chichester. This academic award supports your development as a reflective and reflexive practitioner, encouraging you to engage with content at the forefront of your discipline.

Academies within the Trust Partnership have a longstanding commitment to ITT with school-based mentors, trained by the University, who will support each trainee to achieve their potential. In addition, each trainee will be supported by a University link tutor who oversees trainee progress and development.

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Applications for September 2018 are open.

Our Primary Programme

Our Secondary Programme

Entry Requirements

Who are we looking for


"A little over 18 months ago I applied for the position of Cover Supervisor at Mill Chase Academy and within a few months I was spending a large proportion of time in the PE department which confirmed my ambition to teach PE. I was offered places on a number of courses but the decision was not a difficult one. Having been at the school a year, understanding what the school stands for, working with the staff and getting to know the students it was too good an opportunity to turn down. Not only do I get to work with incredible teachers, I get to learn from them every day.

One of the many great things about School Direct is how much time you spend in school. School Direct offers extensive school-based training mixed in with university trainings days. Knowing that I can seek help and guidance from not only the PE department but all members of staff is comforting. I have built a wonderful relationship with my mentor. The time and the effort he puts into helping me to develop as a teacher is unparalleled.
September was a little over 4 months ago, but I have come so far in this short period of time. I have learnt a great deal about myself as a person, myself as a teacher but also the role of a teacher and everything that comes with it. It is remarkable how much more confident you feel in such a short space of time."
David,  Secondary Physical Education trainee

"I have worked as a teaching assistant for many years with the hope of becoming a teacher one day. I was working in a Trust school prior to applying for School Direct and chose this route because I wanted to stay within my school setting. With a term completed, I feel I have grown as a teacher and the course is everything I hoped it would be. Having the opportunity to teach in both Key Stages, experience life in EYFS, a special school and a secondary school has been very important. This experience has cemented my thoughts of becoming an EYFS/KS1 teacher. I have received a great deal of support and have a fantastic support network around me. I am looking forward to my next placement in March in another Trust school and am excited to become a fully qualified teacher in the coming months!"
Scott, Primary trainee