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Teacher Training Programme (Teach Hurst)

What is our ‘Teach Hurst’ programme?

One of the keys to our success has been excellent staff. The college has made a point of recruiting and training individuals – who have the potential to become outstanding teachers – straight from university or those who have had initial careers in other areas.

Our pioneering four-year ‘Teach Hurst’ programme is the result of a considerable investment of time and money. The programme is fully-funded and includes sponsorship of PGCE and ECT training, a starting salary of £23,760 per annum (currently under review), free on-site accommodation (if required) and free meals (term time only).

We are always on the lookout for well-qualified graduates/undergraduates, across a variety of subject areas, to be part of our programme.

In essence our programme consists of:

Year 1 Building classroom experience, knowledge and pedagogy through observation and class teaching on a reduced timetable.

Year 2 A fully funded, in-school, PGCE course provided by Sussex University. Increased teaching load and further responsibility.

Year 3 Early Career Teacher (ECT), greater autonomy, 10% reduction in teaching load

Year 4 Early Career Teacher (ECT), 5% reduction in teaching load.

Throughout this time we offer close and supportive mentorship, and a CPD programme.

To find out more about the Teach Hurst programme, please email Michelle Zeidler, Director of Professional Development and Performance, at

Although we are happy to employ people with the right to work in the UK, we are not able to sponsor visa applications.

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