The Primary School Direct teacher training programme allows student teachers to train on the job in a supportive and well-organised environment. We pride ourselves on our personalised professional development programme which will enable you to develop your strengths as a leader in the classroom.
We work together with Christchurch University to offer Qualified Teacher Status with the option of PGCE qualification (Post Graduate Certificate of Education).
You will spend the majority of your time at your host school. A contrasting primary school placement will be organised for a 6 week period and a further 5 days in a prior or post key stage setting (early years or KS3 secondary) as well as 15 study days at Christchurch University.
Your main base school will be your host school where you will spend the majority of your time training on the job.
A 6 week alternative school placement will be organised for you during your training year. This is to provide a contrast to your experience so far at your host school. You will also complete 5 days in a school to aid your knowledge of the next key stage and can also be organised by the school.
As we work with a range of schools in our partnership, it is very easy to organise a placement for you in a contrasting environment.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
£9,000 is available for non-specialist and specialism primary trainees.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Canterbury Teaching Alliance is working with Christchurch University to offer teacher training through the School Direct training programme. You can train as a secondary or primary teacher to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and there is an opportunity to complete a PGCE.
School Direct is a hands on, practical school based training programme which allows student teachers to work in their school from day 1. This ensures that you are able to work through an entire school year in your school and really feel part of the learning community.
We pride ourselves on offering superb support and training opportunities including individual subject and professional mentors, flexible time to manage workload, a range of schools for contrasting placements and high quality continued professional development.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Potential applicants should apply through UCAS from October 2021.
Interviews will be held at the host school for the post of School Direct Primary.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Canterbury Teaching Alliance Old Dover Road Canterbury Kent CT1 3EW
Support and advice
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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