School Direct

School Direct is a new route into teaching. Whether you have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years School Direct offers a brilliant teacher training opportunity. You will be based in one school, learning on the job with and alongside outstanding practitioners. Successful completion of a School Direct course with the East Kent Learning Alliance (EKLA ) will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

There are two School Direct Routes to choose from

  • School Direct Salaried: This is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience (to be completed primarily before undertaking a degree or after graduating; not whilst studying for a degree).  Colleagues will earn a salary while they train.
  • School Direct non salaried: This is aimed at high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. Trainees will pay their own fees, but may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support them while they train. 

EKLA and School Direct

The East Kent Learning Alliance (EKLA) is a partnership of secondary and primary schools, that is engaging with schools to recruit high quality trainees and to providing 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.

Advantages of applying for School Direct with EKLA

  • School based mentors
  • Strong relationship with training provider
  • Track record of talent management and succession planning for colleagues who have completed ITT
  • Collaborative working
  • Joint Professional Studies
  • Networks and support
  • Potential Employment with a school in the EKLA area

The EKLA School Direct programme

We are working in partnership with an accredited body, Canterbury Christ Church University.  EKLA will be offering the following elements of the programme:

  • Professional studies based at EKLA partnership schools
  • Networking opportunities with trainees at other schools.

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
  • a desire to make a difference

School Direct Places With EKLA 2017-18

School

Salaried Places

Non-salaried Places

Blean Primary School

 

Primary General - Place filled

Primary General

Canterbury High School 

English - Place filled

Maths

Chemistry

Art - Place filled

Business Studies

PE - Closed

Music

Canterbury Primary School

Primary General - 

Place filled

 

Capel-Le-Ferne Primary School

  Primary General
Chartham Primary School

 

Primary General

Chatham & Clarendon House Grammar School

 

MFL (Spanish)

PE - Closed

Maths

Physics

Chemistry

Chilton Academy Primary School

 

Primary General

Primary General

Christ Church CE Junior School

Primary General - Place Filled

Primary General

 

Dane Court Grammar School English - Place filled

Art

MFL - Place closed

English - Place closed

Maths

Chemistry

Hartsdown Academy

English

Maths

Maths

Physics

 

Herne Bay High School

English

Maths

Geography

PE - Closed

Religious Education

Music

MFL (French) - Placed filled

Art

Herne Bay Junior School

 

Primary General -

Place filled 

Primary General - Closed

Joy Lane Primary School

Primary General -Place filled

Primary General - Place filled

 

King Ethelbert School Maths

Art & Design

Computing

MFL (Spanish)

Chemistry

English - Place filled

Geography

Physics

History

Maths

Lydden Primary School

  Primary General

Newington Primary School

Primary General - Place filled

Primary General - Place filled

 

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Maths - Closed

Design Technology - Place filled

MFL (Spanish) - Place filled

Biology - Closed

PE - Closed

Physics

River Primary School

 

Primary General 

Primary General

Royal Harbour Academy

English - Place Filled

Maths

Physics 

Chemistry

History - Place closed

Design Technology -

Place closed

Art - Place closed

Religious Education -

Place closed

Music - Place Filled

Computing -

Place closed

 

English - Place closed

Maths

Physics

Chemistry

MFL - Place filled

PE - Closed

Design Technology -

Place closed

Art - Place closed

Religious Education -

Place closed

Music - Place closed

Computing -

Place Closed

St Anselm's Catholic School

English - Place filled  

St Crispins Infant School

  Primary General - Place filled

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

 

Primary General

St Nicholas At Wade CE Primary School

  Primary General
St Stephen's Infant School Primary General - Place filled  

Upton Junior School 

Primary General -

Place filled

Primary General - Place filled

Eligibility

What qualifications will you need?

Degree

  • You must have a UK university degree or a recognised equivalent qualification of a minimum award of 2:2, with honours.   Your degree must be completed before commencement of your training place.  For applicants with a higher degree (Masters, MBA or Doctorate) you must also have a first degree.
  • All secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and MFL candidates who do not have a degree in the subject they want to train to teach, will be required to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE).  Any offer of a place on the School Direct programme will be conditional on completion of an SKE course.  Further information can be found below and at http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/train-to-teach/subject-knowledge-enhancement.aspx

GCSEs

  • 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 or key stage 2/3 (ages 7 to 14), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a Science GCSE.

Overseas Qualifications

  • NARIC equivalency certificates are required for any degree or school qualifications gained outside the United Kingdom

Work Experience - Salaried Route

  • To apply for the salaried route you must have at least 3 years full time work experience. This must not be undertaken whilst completing your degree. Less than 3 years experience would be considered from exceptional applicants, particularly for those applying for priority subjects.

GCSE Equivalency Tests

For details about the equivalency test please see link below. 

http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/admissions/gcse-equivalency-tests/gcse-equivalency-tests.aspx

QTS Professional 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  once they have submitted their application. We strongly advise applicants to take the tests as soon as possible after submitting an application.

Important Information regarding the Skills Tests:

It’s important that candidates bring with them the right documents when attending the skills test centres. Any candidates that do not follow the below process will be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the skills tests.

Booking the skills tests:

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They 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.  (links tohttp://sta.education.gov.uk 

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 university

·       a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form

·       confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

For more information please visit: http://sta.education.gov.uk

 

The following CCCU web link gives some information on the test itself and advice on revision:

http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/admissions/gcse-equivalency-tests/gcse-equivalency-tests.aspx

Secondary Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

All candidates for secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and MFL who do not have a degree in the subject they want to train to teach, will be required to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE).  These are run by Canterbury Christ Church University for free, details of which can be found at  http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/train-to-teach/subject-knowledge-enhancement.asp

  • The SKE is free to candidates (you do not have to pay a fee) if it is made a condition of your offer of a teacher training place
  • If a student enrols on the SKE before the end of March they may also get a bursary to support their study
  • The course is not "pass / fail" it is a "complete / not complete" programme
  • The SKE is entirely distance learning, there is no need to attend any sessions in Canterbury.  Materials are accessed via Blackboard and tutorials are accessed remotely via the Internet.
  • The SKE materials are focussed in the main on personal subject knowledge
  • If a candidate goes on to an ITE place with CCCU after undertaking their SKE they retain access to the materials throughout their training year, which means they can use them to support their subject knowledge development through the training year as well.

Clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

We have a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults. If you are offered a place on the School Direct programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the CRB as a requirement of entry to the course. This document will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bindovers recorded against your name (even where they would ordinarily be considered spent) or confirm that you have none. It will allow us to make an assessment of your suitability for access to these vulnerable groups.

International Applicants

Applicants who do not hold a UK or EU passport might not be eligible for funding.  International students not holding an EU or UK passport are only eligible for Salaried School Direct places.  Applicants must hold the relevant work visa.

Funding

The funding available to you will depend upon which School Direct route and which subject you choose.  It is also affected by what degree you hold.

School Direct Salaried:  You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges - UQ1 (£16,461 for 2016). You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

School Direct non salaried:  You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000, depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold. You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course.

Non-Supported Trainees – Self Funded

When is a trainee fundable by NCTL?

Where they are able to access student support i.e. assessed as ‘home or EU status’ for the purpose of assessing tuition fee status or are home or overseas/international School Direct Salaried trainees on an allocated place and employed in a state maintained school in a priority subject. All trainees that are able to access student support will be assessed as fundable by NCTL whether they draw down the support or not.

When are they not fundable by NCTL?

Where they are assessed as ‘overseas or international’ for the purpose of assessing tuition fees status, or are School Direct Salaried Trainees (home or overseas) on a non-allocated place or undertaking a lower priority, (non NCTL funded) subject and/or employed at a Private School.

International Applicants

Applicants who do not hold a UK or EU passport might not be eligible for funding.  International students not holding an EU or UK passport are only eligible for Salaried School Direct places.  Applicants must hold the relevant work visa.

Tuition Fee Routes

Scholarships

Scholarships are available in physics, Secondary mathematics, computing, chemistry, geography, modern foreign languages for trainees who are starting their training in the 2017/18 academic year. These prestigious awards are aimed at high quality graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers.

Subject

Amount

Physics  - 2:1 or first

£30,000

Secondary mathematics, computing, chemistry, geography, modern foreign languages – 2:1 or first

£27,500

Graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary. Trainees who aren’t awarded a scholarship are eligible for a standard bursary.

Bursaries

 

Eligibility 2017 to 2018 (1)

Trainee with 1st/PhD

2:1/Master’s

2:2

Other

Physics

£30,000

£25,000

£25,000

£0

Secondary mathematics, classics, computing, geography, modern foreign languages

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

£0

Chemistry

£25,000

£20,000

£20,000

£0

Biology

£15,000

£12,000

£10,000

£0

Design and technology

£12,000

£9,000

£0

£0

English

£9,000

£9,000

£0

£0

History, music, religious education

£9,000

£4,000

£0

£0

Primary mathematics (2)

£6,000

£6,000

£6,000

£0

Primary

£3,000

£0

£0

£0


  1. Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.
  2. Trainee teachers on primary mathematics courses, with at least a B at A level in mathematics (or equivalent), will be eligible for a bursary of £6,000.

Undergraduate bursary

A training bursary for final year undergraduates of £9,000 is available for trainees on courses in secondary mathematics and physics that lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on a QTS course starting in the 2017 to 2018 academic year, and is payable in the final year of their course.

The same £9,000 training bursary is available to trainees on an opt-in secondary undergraduate mathematics, physics, computing or modern foreign language course that leads to QTS. The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on a QTS course in the 2017 to 2018 academic year, and is payable in the final year of their course.

For both of these courses, trainees who are on a 4-year undergraduate course that leads to the award of QTS and that also leads to the award of a Master’s degree receive a £9,000 bursary in both the third and fourth years of their course.

More information and guidance on the bursaries can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt-academic-year-2017-to-18

 

School Direct Partnership

Unfortunately we are unable to add schools to our 2017 School Direct Partnership, as NCTL are not allocating any additional places.

In May we will be contacting schools to see if they would like to join our partnership and recruit school direct trainees for 2018.
 
In the meantime if you would like more details please email tanyabarwick@ekla.org.uk


HOW TO APPLY

 
Applications for September 2017 open in October via UCAS.
 
Applications for 2017 -18 places are managed by UCAS through a single admissions system. 

Please follow this link for detailed information:http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training

Information Evenings

For more details and information please book onto one of our School Direct information evenings:
 
20th October 2016         The Canterbury Primary School       6:00 pm
22nd November 2016     King Ethelbert School, Birchington    6:00 pm
31st January 2017         Herne Bay High School                  6:00 pm
 
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