The Beacon Academy Teaching School Alliance (BATSA) is a partnership of primary and secondary schools working together to support a culture of self-improvement.
We are dedicated to developing world-class teaching and learning through research-based CPD and school-to-school support. We are passionate about training the next generation of teachers and proud to work in collaboration with a range of schools and universities – including other teaching schools. These alliances allow us to draw upon a broad base of expertise to help us improve the whole school system.
Initial Teacher Training (ITT):
Get into Teaching
Great teachers are never forgotten. Teachers transform lives and make futures brighter. Beacon Academy is committed to providing quality training for all staff and has a long tradition of involvement in Initial Teacher Training. As a school we support a large number of trainees and NQTs each year and are committed to striving to provide quality provision in Initial Teacher Training and Early Professional Development. By recruiting the very best talent to train to teach, we believe we can continue to achieve the very best outcomes for our students. You, or someone that you know, could be a part of that new generation of great teachers, and become instrumental in ensuring our students are equipped with the knowledge they need to succeed in life.
Beacon Academy supports a number of routes into teaching as detailed below:
We train our teachers directly through the Wealden Partnership, linked to Brighton and Sussex Universities. If you wish to train locally, find out more here.
Teach Kent and Sussex - SCITT
You can also apply to train to teach at Beacon Academy by applying to our local school centre for initial teacher training, Teach Kent & Sussex. They believe that the best way to train to teach is alongside highly effective teachers supported by strong mentors. Professional development, as part of your teacher training, takes place in Tunbridge Wells. This includes the training to obtain your PGCE with Sussex University. For further details email email@example.com.
Brighton and Sussex Universities - PGCE
Bromley Schools’ Collegiate
Bromley Schools’ Collegiate is a well-established provider of Initial Teacher Training with over 25 years experience. Trainees spend four days each week in school, learning how to
teach from experienced teachers. This is supported by one day each week of professional training provided by Senior Leaders and experts in Teaching and Learning drawn from their schools, which takes place in their training room in Rye.
School Experience Programme
Beacon Academy participates in the School Experience Programme, an initiative set up by the Department for Education to provide valuable insight to those considering a career in teaching.
These events allow you to spend a day at Beacon Academy, to find out more about local training opportunities, observe lessons and speak to teaching staff about their experience.
You can find out more and register for our sessions (when available) on the Department for Education site, Get Into Teaching.
Due to measures in place in response to COVID-19, we do not currently have any events in place. Information will be added here when available.
Continuing Professional Development:
We value all our staff – teaching staff and support staff – and recognise that our students’ progress and achievements spring from the quality of the learning experiences which, together, our whole staff can offer. Our students’ development rests on our professional development.
For our teaching staff, we design a comprehensive programme of CPD opportunities which is linked to Performance Management and based on our whole Academy Improvement Plan. Beacon is active in the development of teaching staff from initial teaching training, progress to middle leader roles, and through to headship preparation.
With a commitment to training we have a team of staff involved in promoting Professional Development and these include:
Sally Dennison – Deputy Headteacher and Director of Teaching School
Zoe James - Assistant Headteacher, Teaching and Learning
Bijal Trivedi – Professional Tutor for ITTs, NQTs and RQTs
Giles Ingham – Professional Tutor for NQTs and RQTs
Jo Clayforth-Carr – Teaching School Administrator
East Sussex Teaching School Alliances
System leaders are experienced teachers who work with schools outside their own to provide support, practical advice and mentoring. Are you already an effective school leader looking to broaden your skills and experience? If so, the East Sussex Teaching Schools Network is currently looking to recruit Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) and Local Leaders of Education (LLE) to support its ongoing school to school work.
System leaders are experienced teachers who work with schools outside their own to provide support, practical advice and mentoring. Are you already an effective school leader looking to broaden your skills and experience? If so, the East Sussex Teaching Schools Network is currently looking to recruit Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) and Local Leaders of Education (LLE) to support its ongoing school-to-school work. For more information, contact Jo Clayforth-Carr or find the application forms below.
Due to measures in place in response to COVID-19, we do not have any events in place but information will be added here when available.