Train to be a teacher

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

Teaching makes a difference, with visible results. Becoming a teacher lets you impart life lessons that your students will never forget and puts you in a position to influence their decisions, behaviours, strengths, weaknesses and imaginations.

Are you interested in a career as a teacher? Why not train with us?

  • Good teachers are in demand and there are excellent employment prospects.
  • Inspire young people to fulfil their potential.
  • Train in an innovative and supportive environment with an outstandingschool.
  • Train to teach with us and change a young person’s life for the better.
  • Go home each day knowing you have made a difference

At The Downs School we play a lead role in the Downland Teaching School Alliance which comprises a number of primary and secondary schools from across West Berkshire, all working together to create the teachers of the future. 

The Alliance teacher training provision is for both primary and secondary school teachers and is accredited by Oxford Brookes University.

As a trainee, you are placed within one main host school for the majority of your training and supported by a dedicated mentor. You undertake a second placement within a contrasting environment, and there are opportunities for elective weeks to be spent within other educational settings of your choice.

You can attend designated training days run by members of the senior leadership teams of the schools, by other specialist leaders of education or by Oxford Brookes University.

As a trainee you are placed at various local schools including here at The Downs School.

If you want to know more, please contact us through our website, or email us at

We also host regular Train to Teach Career Information Evenings designed to give you information and advice on our training programmes, and you can register to attend through the website.

Get some real life experience

We can help you to gain some valuable school experience to help you make the right choices about your training and career.  Register to attend with the School Experience programme at The Downs School and use the 'Get into Teaching' link on the website to apply for a school experience day.

How do I apply?

Apply for our teacher training programmes with The Downland Alliance through UCAS – search “The Downland Alliance” or use our provider code (236).


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