The key feature of our course is that the majority of the year is spent on school placement working alongside experienced colleagues in schools.
There are two School Direct routes to choose from:
An employment-based route for graduates with at least three years’ work experience. Colleagues earn a salary while they train and the school will pay their course fees.
This is not an employment route. Trainees will pay their own fees, but may be eligible for a bursary.
Ensure you apply for the correct route that is suitable to you as not all schools offer both routes.
have a school based mentor, who you will meet with weekly
be provided with a teaching timetable within ITT requirements
plan and evaluate all taught lessons, initially with the support of your mentor
be formally observed, it’s recommended at least once per fortnight and ideally once per week
observe other staff, it’s recommended at least once per week
compile a portfolio of evidence over the course of the year to show that you addressed the Core Content Framework (CCF) and Teachers’ Standards (TS) for initial teacher training
attend all CCCU training days and EKLA professional studies sessions
have access to a comprehensive school based CPD programme
complete contrasting school experience placements
Successful completion of a School Direct course forms the first of the three year entitlement for Early Career Teachers (ECT) and will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the three years.
There is an additional opportunity to complete a PGCE. Please discuss this option at interview. Additional funding will be your responsibility.
Throughout the course you will be assessed by your mentors and tutors who will grade you at key points to help you understand how well you are meeting the standards to become an ECT. At the end of the course you will have a final, summative assessment which takes the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether you have met the Teachers’ Standards the Core Content Framework (CCF).
School Direct PGCE Pathway
In addition to the above ECT assessment process, trainees who have opted for the School Direct PGCE Pathway will be required to submit three 4,000 word equivalent assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level.
Your school will be selected by you at the time of submitting your application as each of our schools and subjects has its own code that you will enter onto the application form.
Whilst you will spend the majority of your time in the base school that you apply to you are required to complete some school placements:
Second school experience – a minimum of 20 days, in a block. To be undertaken in term 3.
Adjacent age range experience – a minimum of 15 days, of which 10 should be undertaken in a block
Prior and post age phase experience – a minimum of 5 days, does not need to be a block.
You school based mentor will help you organise these placements and EKLA and CCCU will also offer support throughout the year
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
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.
EKLA ARE LOOKING FOR GRADUATES WITH:
A commitment to working with young people
Good communication skills
A fascination with the learning process
A love of their subject
The ability to motivate and enthuse young people
Experience of working with young people, particularly in a school environment, strengthens an application
A desire to make a difference
Subject Knowledge Enhancement course – To be completed by all secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and MFL candidates who do not have a degree in the subject they want to teach
Work experience: Being able to evidence experience of working with young people, particularly in a school environment, strengthens an application. We would therefore recommend that you visit a range of schools. This is not a requirement but a recommendation to help prepare you
You will be paid minimum UQ1.
Your QTS fees will be paid
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The East Kent Learning Alliance (EKLA) is a partnership of secondary and primary schools that engage with schools and accredited providers to recruit high quality trainees to provide a rich training programme.
EKLA is committed to helping improve the lives of the young people that it serves in East Kent and believes that the recruitment and development of the workforce of the future will help us to achieve this aim.
The advantages of choosing EKLA are:
We have a strong relationship with our accrediting provider, CCCU
Joint Professional Studies delivered by serving practioners
Potential Employment with a school in the EKLA area
Our EKLA School Direct coordinators complete QA visits of all our trainees.
These visits will quality assure the school provision to ensure consistency and monitor provision for our trainees. This will include additional support for trainee development.
Support Activities will include:
Initial meetings to QA school provision in line with training requirements
You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.
Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Access varies according to our different schools so for more details please contact the individual school that you wish to apply to directly.
You can find a list of the primary and secondary schools that are recruiting for School Direct with us at:
EKLA c/o Herne Infant School Palmer Close Herne Bay Kent CT6 7AH
Support and advice
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adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
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Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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