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You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 5 October 2021 and submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021.

Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance Primary (2L8Z)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

During the course of your training you will gain experience working within many settings and with children of differing abilities. This will ensure that you receive a broad understanding of the range of teaching required to suit the differing needs, ability and socio-economic backgrounds of the students. You will spend the majority of the training year in your base school where you will be supported by a subject mentor and a professional mentor. Training sessions will take place every week in the form of twilight sessions, and over the course of the year there will be Professional Studies Days and Subject Days either at the Lead School or the University. There will be a 4 week placement that you will undertake in a different school setting to gain a wider experience. We usually take into consideration access and location when placing trainees for this part of the year.

School placements

All of the partner schools within the Alliance have experienced mentors to support you through your training year. They will work closely with both the Lead School and the University to make sure you receive the best experience possible. During the course of the training year you will have a 4 week placement at a contrasting school within the Alliance. This will be organised by Fulston Manor School and will take into consideration any personal requirements or special circumstances as far as is possible.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Blean Primary School
Whitstable Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9ED
Canterbury & Swale Teacher Training Alliance
Brenchley Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4EG
Challock Primary School
Church Lane, Challock, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4BU
Lady Joanna Thornhill Endowed Primary School
Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5EA

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree Training positions will be subject to the completion of a Degree, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1. We may be willing to consider applicants with a 2:2 if they are able to demonstrate a clear aptitude for teaching. GCSE Applicants should hold GCSE in Maths and English and for Primary applicants a GCSE in Science is also required. Other requirements

Personal qualities

Primarily we are looking for trainees who have a genuine interest in young people and how they learn best. Applicants who can demonstrate some recent and meaningful experience working with young people will have a much better idea about what makes an effective teacher. This doesn’t need to be paid work but any kind of helping activity, classroom observation or learning support helps to reinforce your application and discussion at interview. Candidates should be enthusiastic about their subject, have effective communication skills, an ability to understand written English and to speak and write clearly in English.

Other requirements

A full DBS check is also required (The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment).

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £5,960.

About the training provider

School Direct at Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance (CASTTA) provides school based learning opportunities with exceptional levels of support and guidance for all our trainees. We operate out of Fulston Manor School (Sittingbourne), but offer training across all age ranges with our partners, Blean (Canterbury) and Queenborough (Isle of Sheppey) Primary schools. We create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers all feel valued and supported and this leads to a school culture of enthusiasm, commitment and outstanding achievement. The wider partnership of schools comprises a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, and both secondary and primary schools. We provide a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences. Our staff have a proven track record in providing training and professional development. All our trainees receive the highest level of continual support throughout the programme and beyond. This covers all aspects of teaching life from behaviour management skills, subject knowledge, professional enrichment, AEN, inclusion and pastoral care (we uphold a specific focus on workload and well being across our partnership). All trainees have the opportunity to work closely with an experienced mentor and will become part of the school ethos from the first day of entry.

Interview process

Fulston Manor School is the lead school in the Alliance and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process in conjunction with the school offering the placement. The interview is part of a rigorous recruitment process and applicants are required to undertake a number of tasks during the day. This will include a tour of the school, a 20 minute observation / meet the pupils session, written tests for literacy, numeracy, a subject knowledge exercise and a formal interview. You will be informed in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be meeting.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access or have any special requirements should make CASTTA aware on the application form . Or alternatively can contact The CASTTA team prior to application to obtain further information and guidance.

Contact this training provider

01795 412629
Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance
c/o Fulston Manor School
Brenchley Road
ME10 4EG

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021