Training Opportunities

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:

Teaching is increasingly a career for the most able graduates, and to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) you need to complete an initial teacher training (ITT) course. At Beacon we offer three pathways into the profession:

  1. Traditional PGCE, university based. Beacon currently works in partnership with the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton offering School based training placements.

    The following links will provide you with further information on PGCE Secondary at Sussex University and PGCE Secondary at Brighton University.

  2. School Direct, a school-led path to gaining qualified teacher status. School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and work with their partner institutions to train them. Beacon currently works in partnership with the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton and “Teach Kent and Sussex.”

    There are two routes into School Direct; salaried and non-salaried. The salaried route is aimed at graduates with at least three years’ work experience and is an employment-based route into teaching. The non-salaried route is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees which are paid for by the graduate. The training for both routes will take place within one academic year. Successful completion of the non-salaried route leads to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

  3. “Straight to Teaching” with the TES Institute.

    All ITT courses involve spending time in school to help you develop your teaching skills and they are designed to build your confidence as you learn about teaching methods.

Are you, or is someone you know interested in training to become a teacher? Click here to download further information.

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 – Senior Assistant Headteacher

Bijal Trivedi – Acting Assistant Headteacher

Giles Ingham – ITT & NQT Professional Tutor

Karen Rodemark – Teaching School Administrator

East Sussex Teaching School Alliances

System leaders are people who work with schools outside their own. 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.

Thinking of becoming a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) - information
Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) - Application Form

Thinking of becoming a Local Leader of Education (LLE) - information
Local Leaders of Education (LLE) - Application form

Get into Teaching

Great teachers are never forgotten

Teachers transform lives and make futures brighter.

Why not train to become one?

Primary & secondary teacher training available.

Find out more at one of our information evenings which all start at 7.00pm unless othwise stated:


Thursday, 26th April, St Matthew’s High Brooms Primary C of E Primary School, TN4 9DY

Thursday, 7th June, Claremont Primary School, TN2 5EB (or use TN2 5EA for SatNavs)

Further dates may be added. Please check the Teach Kent & Sussex website for more details.

Thinking of Teaching? Click on the following link to download information about a recruitment event with the University of Sussex in April 2018: Choose To Teach