Teach Kent & Sussex is dedicated to developing world class teaching. We are passionate about providing training for teachers that transforms the opportunities young people have. Teachers who have been inspired by high quality initial teacher training and professional development will inspire our students with their expert knowledge on how children can flourish. Nothing else is as important.  

Teach Kent & Sussex currently trains teachers across the counties of East Sussex and Kent.

Our partner schools catchment areas are as far south as Hastings and Lewes in East Sussex and within Kent extends north to just beyond Sevenoaks and in the east to Maidstone. 

With our hub in Tunbridge Wells we are also within commutable distance of the West Sussex towns of East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Crawley.

Routes offered 

We offer School Direct training and a limited number of School Direct salaried places. For School Direct training  places for secondary teaching apply directly to Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Heathfield Community College or Teach Kent & Sussex directly.

For Primary teacher training places apply directly to Claremont Primary School or Teach Kent & Sussex. 

Subjects and phases

Our secondary subjects include:

  • Art and design,  
  • Biology,  
  • Chemistry,  
  • Classics,  
  • Computing,  
  • Design Technology (including Food, Textiles, Product Design),
  • English,
  • Geography,  
  • History,  
  • Mathematics,
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, German),
  • PE,
  • Physics,
  • Religious Education,
  • Music.

Our secondary teacher training programme is for the full 11-18 age range which includes teacher training for sixth form teaching.  

We are also able to offer primary teacher training aged 5-11.  

Location of training and partner schools 

Teach Kent & Sussex has its main training hub at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School in Tunbridge Wells. Our central training programme for all trainees takes place at Bennett every Wednesday afternoon.  

We work with a range of secondary and primary partners across west Kent and East Sussex. Therefore, in applying to us we always seek to find applicants a main placement school where we consider that they will best flourish as well as somewhere that is convenient to reach for them. Consequently, we have trainees training with us as far south in East Sussex as Heathfield and Uckfield and in Kent we have partner schools in the districts of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Maidstone and Sevenoaks.