CLASS English (3C66)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

  • 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.

School placements

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.

Interview process

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.


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

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • Degree (Hons) - 2nd class and above preferred
  • Maths GCSE - Grade C and above
  • English GCSE - Grade C and above

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

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.

Contact details

01622 743925
C/O Beacon School
Park Farm Road
CT19 5DN


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Location Vacancies Code
Westerham, Kent, TN16 1 Q
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