Application Process

We are keen to recruit high-quality graduates.  Places with Swale Academies Trust are highly sought after, so early application is recommended.  The recruitment process begins in early October when our vacancies will be published. 

Applicants to the Swale Academies Trust School Direct Programme will need to apply through the DfE ‘Apply’ service: Apply for teacher training

Teaching in schools demands stamina and resilience.  We are looking for applicants who show a commitment to high standards and excellence, combined with the resilience and determination required to cope with the demands of the course and of a career in teaching.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least a grade C, or equivalent, in GCSE English and maths.  For Primary places you will also need a C, or equivalent, in science.

  • You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, although we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate good subject knowledge and a real aptitude for teaching. 

  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. School Direct positions are subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Interview and Assessment Day Format

If your application submitted on UCAS is successful, we will invite you for an interview and assessment day at your chosen school.  If you are applying for a role in East Sussex you will first be interviewed by the university you applied to.  If successful, you will be called to an interview at your chosen placement school. 

Programme of the day:

  • Introduction presentation
  • Tour of the School
  • Delivery of teaching task (you will be provided with time to prepare this task prior to the lesson)
  • Subject-based discussion to identify subject knowledge
  • Formal Interview

I feel that this year has been one of the biggest achievements of my life. This was my second attempt at teacher training, so I was apprehensive going back into it, but Swale delivered a superb training course. I feel that I have learnt an enormous toolkit of strategies, skills and techniques that have fully prepared me for a career in teaching. It is remarkable to reflect on how far I have come in the space of a year.