When do applications open and close for courses starting in September 2022?

Teacher Training runs in cycles and the application round for 2022/2023 School Direct training placements with the Downland Alliance is open from Tuesday 12th October 2021.

For more information about School Direct training placements through the alliance contact the School Direct Manager, Mandy Alexander, through our website contact form or call 01635 270096.

Where do I apply and how can I find out about current place / subject availability?

You can search for availability and apply online through the DFE Apply service.  You need to search for courses using “The Downs School” and the post code RG20 6AD.

Are there any salaried places?

We may have  a very limited number of primary salaried places available. Please contact us to confirm availability.

Do you offer a Part-Time route?

We are not offering part time places this year.

Where can I find out more about the financial bursaries on offer?

Visit the DFE website here to see the most accurate information regarding School Direct financing.

Will I still get a PGCE qualification on this course?

Yes, our trainees finish with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE. However if you wish to take QTS only that option is available. 

How long after I have applied will I find out if I have been successful?

We do appreciate that you will be anxious to know the outcome of your application. Application decisions will be made within the DFE guidelines and / or as soon as possible. 

Can I gain classroom experience within the Downland Alliance schools?

Yes, school experience days are available at certain points of the year. For a list of scheduled days, please click here. Alternatively, contact us for more information – you need to say how long and which subject(s) you are interested in.

How can I best prepare for the application process?

Competition for places on our programme is high and so you should prepare as thoroughly as possible. We are looking for candidates with a strong moral purpose, a commitment to improving student’s lives and the skills, personal qualities and subject knowledge to be an effective teacher. In terms of preparation we would recommend that you:

  • Gain as much classroom experience as possible
  • Research past and recent changes in your subject area
  • Ensure that your literacy and numeracy skills are of an acceptable standard
  • Ask yourself the questions:
    • Why do I want to be a teacher?
    • Why have I chosen to teach at secondary or primary level?
    • Why do I want to teach my subject?
    • What do I know about current initiatives in education?

Further Information

You should apply for a school experience place at St Bartholomew’s School or The Downs School through the DFE school experience portal.

Some of our partner schools don’t run school experience days – you should contact them directly to see if they can accommodate a visit or contact us using the form below and we will pass on your query.

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