FAQs

When do applications open and close for courses starting in September 2019?

Teacher Training runs in cycles and the application round for 2019/2020 School Direct training placements with the Downland Alliance opens on Tuesday 9th October 2018. Applications for places on Downland Alliance programmes will be accepted until June 2019 however our recruitment starts now.

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

Is this the only route into teaching?

No, the Association of School and College Leaders have produced a great chart showing the different routes. Download a copy here.

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

You can search for availability and apply online through UCAS by clicking here. You need to search for courses using “The Downs School” and the post code RG20 6AD.

Are there any salaried places?

We have a 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

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

Application decisions will be made within 40 days of our receiving your application through UCAS.

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 adequate.
  • 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?