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Initial Teacher Training

Applications for Initial Teacher Training for the academic year 2018/2019 have now closed on UCAS.

Applications for 2019/2020 will open in October 2018. Please check back to this page for the new ITT brochure and details which will be published in October. 

Our 2018/19 Kaizen School Direct Initial Teacher Training Brochure can be found below. This contains deails of courses and funding for the academic year 2018/19. Please note that applications have now closed and this brochure is here for information only. Please contact John Spavins ( if you have any questions regarding training opportunities within the Kaizen Teaching School Alliance.

Kaizen ITT Brochure Front Page

The Kaizen Teaching School Alliance (KTSA) is pro-actively responding to Government changes and is working closely with Kent and Medway training in order to develop the Schools Direct and Schools Direct Salaried (Primary and Secondary) programmes in order to grow and develop a quality teaching workforce across the Kent and Medway area.

School Direct Training with Weald of Kent Grammar School

School Direct is a route into teaching which moves the focus of study from a university to a school. Whether you’ve just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years, you will probably want to combine any further teacher training with actually doing the job. With School Direct, you are selected by us from day one and we make a commitment not only to your training but to your subsequent employment.

What makes a good teacher, and why teach?

Our television screens have recently been inundated with programmes such as Educating Manchester, Educating Yorkshire, Educating Essex, Tough Young Teachers, and Educating the East End which have followed teachers that work in a range of schools.  But what makes a good teacher, and why would you teach?  Watch this video clip to find out more. 

Do you have an interest in a particular subject or age range?  Watch the video clips to see why you should choose teaching as a career and the range of opportunities that are available :

The School Direct programme

We work in partnership with Kent and Medway Training to provide a tailored programme of training.  The School Direct pathways offered by Weald of Kent Grammar School, through the Kaizen Teaching School Alliance allow you to gain either QTS or PGCE by the end of the training period.

Additionally the KTSA are able to provide the following :

  • School experience placements in a variety of contexts prior to the starting of the course.
  • Focused Professional Studies.
  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement through Kent and Medway Training.
  • The opportunity to gain 70 Masters Credits.
  • Training opportunities across the Alliance.
  • School Placements in differing contexts across the Alliance.
  • An SEN experience.
  • Strong support provided by the Alliance.
  • Networking opportunities with trainees at other teaching schools.
  • Support to secure a teaching position on completion of the course.

What qualifications/experience will you need?

You must have a UK university degree or a recognised equivalent qualification at a 2:2 or higher. If your degree subject does not link closely to the subject you intend to teach, you may improve your ability to gain a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) programme by following a subject knowledge enhancement course.

To train as a teacher on any programme you must achieve a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics. If you want to teach primary (Key stage 1/2) you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a science GCSE.

You will need a minimum of 10 days experience in the relevant setting prior to commencing the course.  We can support this process.

What places are available?

KTSA has had its allocation of training places confirmed by the NCTL.

The UCAS portal holds all the information about our vacancies.

Will it cost?

Trainees on a School Direct Training Programme will have to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of the course, but home and EU trainees will be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of these fees. Bursaries are available in many subjects, depending on university degree classification and subject.  For more information about bursaries visit the Department for Education website

QTS Skills tests

Applicants to all ITT courses will be required to pass QTS skills tests before starting their course. Applicants can register for the skills tests before or after they have submitted their application. We strongly advise applicants to take the tests as soon as possible.

You will find information here.

Booking the skills tests:

You can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre. 

What you need to bring:

Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.   

You will also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from your school or Kent and Medway Training
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or Kent and Medway Training

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How to apply

Full details of how to apply is via the UCAS Teacher Training website here.

If you have any further questions in relation to the School Direct programme please contact us.

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