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Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST)

FREE to all Schools – Starting January 2018

Designed for teachers who are currently teaching Mathematics or Physics outside of their specialism subject, or who wish to offer teaching in Mathematics or Physics. The programme is also suitable for those returning to teaching Mathematics or Physics. The 8-12 week core programme alongside online modules will improve both subject knowledge and classroom practitioner skills, allowing you to confidently teach up to GCSE with an optional add on course for AS/A2 knowledge also available.


To be eligible for a place on the programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have QTS but do not have an initial teacher training specialism in the subject you are applying for.
  • You are currently teaching in a maintained secondary school, maintained or non-maintained special school or academy, or you are a qualified teacher, not currently teaching, who wishes to return to teaching.
  • Your school is willing to support your application and provide opportunities to attend all face to face taught sessions.


Both Mathematics and Physics will run with a similar format:

  • 6 Face-to-face sessions at the Weald of Kent Grammar School (Mathematics) or Tonbridge Grammar School (Physics) plus an induction day.
  • Online modules provided by Canterbury Christ Church University to be completed between sessions addressing gaps in knowledge not addressed in the face-to-face sessions.
  • Support and activities in schools. This will be bespoke for each participant but could include lesson observations, peer support, action research and joint planning.

All sessions will focus on subject knowledge, pedagogy and effective learning through practical work where appropriate. The training will focus on current initiatives, such as changes to the GCSE curriculum and its assessment. There will be opportunities to practice techniques in the classroom and to network and learn from other practising teachers. The face-to-face sessions are delivered by experienced practitioners, with significant experience in the classroom, and in delivering professional development.

Face to Face Session Timings 2018

Face to face session timings are subject to change. 



Friday 12th January 2018 (AM)

Wednesday 10th January (AM)

Friday 19th January 2018 (PM)

Wednesday 24th January(AM)

Friday 26th January 2018 (AM)

Tuesday 30th January (PM)

Friday 2nd February 2018 (PM)

Wednesday 7th February (AM)

Friday 9th February 2018 (AM)

Tuesday 20th February (PM)

Friday 23rd February 2018 (PM)

Tuesday 6th March (PM)


Applying for TSST

If you are currently teaching please ensure that you have the support of your school and that your Head Teacher is willing to support your application and attendance at face-to-face sessions. 

In order to apply for Teacher Subject Specialist Training please click here

Click here to download the Kaizen TSST information flyer.