Surrey Downs Partnership

School Direct Teacher Training

Our courses 

The Surrey Downs Partnership offers programmes whereby trainees apply directly to the our partnership and, if successful, train and work within their partnership schools. Schools, therefore, have more control over the quality of training, which is provided, and how it is delivered. You will have an extended placement at your host school, meaning you become far more integrated as a member of staff at the school of your choice. This is supplemented by a shorter second placement, where we will work with you to arrange the best contrasting, local placement within one of our partner schools. We guarantee an interview for any relevant post in a partnership school for those who are successful on the programme with us.


What are the routes?

There are two routes into teaching; Salaried and non-salaried.

The salaried route is aimed at graduates with at least 3 years work experience and is an employment-based route into teaching.

The non-salaried route is open to all graduates and is funded by competitive government bursaries (subject dependent) and tuition fees paid by the graduate through the student loan scheme.

Our programmes will lead you to gaining both Qualified Teacher Status & a PGCE (with masters level credits) in conjunction with our partnership universities.