KsENT English (SEND) (C003)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support

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

Age range
5 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

  • 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.

  • KSENT 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 be options for trainee teachers to visit an additional placement. This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

KSENT is an alliance of 26 Special Schools. The average distance between home and school is roughly 20 miles, but this will vary depending on which school you select.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.


You will be paid on the unqualified teachers pay scale.

All QTS course fees will be covered by the host school.

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 graduates ideally with 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

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

  • Maths and Literacy tasks

Following this, candidates will be interviewed by a panel, including a member of SLT from their chosen school and a representative from CCCU.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

KSENT is a trust 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 this training provider

01622 743925
C/O Five Acre Wood School
Boughton Lane
ME15 9QF

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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