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 routes to choose from:
School Direct Salaried:
This is an employment-based route for graduates with at least three years’ work experience. Colleagues will earn a salary while they train and the school will pay their QTS fees.
School Direct non -salaried:
This is not an employment route. Trainees will pay their own fees, but may be eligible for a bursary.
Please note which route is available at each school when applying and ensure that you apply for the correct route that is suitable to you as not all schools offer both routes
You will have a school based mentor, who you will meet with weekly
You will be provided with a teaching timetable within ITT requirements
You will plan and evaluate all taught lessons, initially with the support of your mentor
You will be formally observed, it is recommended at least once per week
You will observe other staff, it is recommended at least once per week
You will compile a portfolio of evidence over the course of the year to show that you have met the teaching standards to achieve QTS
You will attend all CCCU training days and EKLA professional studies sessions
You will have access to a comprehensive school based CPD programme
You will complete contrasting school experience placements
On completion of the Training programme you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
There is an additional opportunity to complete a PGCE. Please discuss this option at interview and please note that the 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 for QTS. At the end of the course you will have a final assessment. This will take the form of a review meeting to formally assess whether you have met the standards for QTS.
School Direct PGCE Pathway
In addition to the above QTS 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
Degree: You must have a degree of a minimum award of 2:2, with honours. Your degree must be completed before commencement of your training place
GCSEs: You must have a minimum grade C in English and Mathematics. If you want to teach primary you must also have at least a grade C in a Science.
Equivalency tests are accepted.
NARIC equivalency certificates are required for any degree or school qualifications gained outside the United Kingdom
To apply for the salaried route you must have at least 3 years full time work experience.
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
Joint observations and debrief with mentors
Meeting with key stakeholders
About the accredited body
We work in partnership with an accredited body, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU).
EKLA will be offering the following elements of the programme:
Professional studies based at EKLA partnership schools.
School placements in differing contexts across the alliance.
Networking opportunities with trainees at other schools.
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: