Initial Teacher Training

The UCAS Portal will open for applications for the academic year 2017/18 on 18 October 2016.

On Monday 6 February 2017 at 6pm, we will be hosting a School Direct Information Evening at Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge, TN9 2JP.  This will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about the School Direct programme, the application process and how to apply.  

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View our recent Initial Teacher Training brochure.


The Kent & Medway Teaching School Network are also hosting an ITT Recruitment Evening on Tuesday 15 November 2016, 6.30 pm at Maidstone Hilton Hotel – please register here.

Weald of Kent Grammar School is pro-actively responding to the 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 relatively new 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 Yorkshire, Educating Essex, Tough Young Teachers, and the most recent episodes of 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?  Educating Yorkshire's Mr Burton explains 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 :




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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 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.

·         Focussed 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?

Weald of Kent Grammar School 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.

Useful websites

Department for Education


Skills tests

Bursary details

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programmes