Successful candidates will have training in a base SEN school. There will also be a contrasting placement in a mainstream school setting. Each trainee teacher will have a nominated mentor within their base school.
CLASS provide an SEN-specific in-school training programme for all those on the Schools Direct Programme.
There will also be schools direct training and support from Canterbury Christ Church University who are our accredited provider.
All trainee teachers will be assessed regularly throughout the course against the teaching standards.
Those who successfully complete the course will be qualified to teach in both mainstream and SEN settings.
Successful applicants will have two placements – one in their base school, which will be an SEN setting, and another 30-day contrasting placement in a mainstream school.
There may also options for trainee teachers to visit an additional placement. This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
CLASS is an alliance of 24 Special Schools. The average distance between home and school is roughly 20 miles, but this will vary depending on which school you select.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Fant Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8NL
Cambridge Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3QQ
Main Road, Longfield, Kent, DA3 7PW
Degree (Hons) - 2nd class and above preferred
Maths GCSE - Grade C and above
English GCSE - Grade C and above
Successful candidates will be paid on the unqualified teachers pay scale and received an unqualified teachers allowance.
All course fees will be covered by CLASS (Collaborative. Learning Alliance of Special Schools)
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Our School Direct programmes offer successful applicants a unique opportunity to train as a teacher within one of our special schools in Kent. You will be learning on the job with our outstanding practitioners. You will find support from mentors, fellow trainees and our dedicated ITT team to help you achieve the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
There are 2 School Direct routes available:
School Direct Salaried:
This is a one year employment based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least 3 years’ Special Educational Needs work experience. Colleagues will earn as a salary while they train.
School Direct unsalaried:
This is aimed at high-quality graduates with a desire to become part of a school team from day one. Trainees will pay their own fees, but may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support them whilst they train.
Fantastic opportunities to train to be an excellent teacher in a Kent special school
School based training in special schools with an alternative 6 week placement in a partner mainstream school
A superb supportive network of special schools within which to develop the skills and knowledge to become an inspirational teacher
A strong partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University through which first class training will be provided
Salaried and Non Salaried routes for primary and secondary training to gain QTS with the opportunity to gain a PGCE (self funded)
Training opportunities for every step of your career
For candidates who pass the shortlisting process and are invited to interview:
Pre-Interview Tasks include:
*a tour and learning walk in the school in which you have applied to teach
*teaching a lesson, observed by members of SLT
Following this, candidates will be interviewed by a panel, including a member of SLT from their chosen school and a representative from CCCU.
Training with disabilities and other needs
CLASS is an alliance of 26 Special Schools in Kent.
We will do everything we can to accommodate those with additional needs.
If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
C/O Beacon School Park Farm Road Folkestone Kent CT19 5DN
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