ITT Information and Guidance

SAA is are pro-actively responding to the Government changes and is working closely with Kent and Medway Training (KMT) Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) 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 Maidstone & Medway area.

School Direct Training with SAA

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 the Alliance and 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:

The SAA School Direct programme

We work in partnership with Kent and Medway Training and Canterbury Christchurch University to provide a tailored programme of training.  The School Direct pathways offered through KMT SKITT Alliance allow you to gain either QTS or PGCE by the end training period.

The "Assessment Only" programme is specifically designed for unqualified teachers who have significant and relevant teaching experience and leads to the award of QTS.

Additionally SAA is able to provide the following :

  • School experience placements in a variety of contexts prior to starting the course.
  • Focussed Professional Studies.
  • Curriculum Studies Programme based at Leigh Academies Trust or Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Extended research project through an Enhanced Studies option.
  • The opportunity to gain 60 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?

SAA have had their allocation of training places confirmed by the NCTL :

The UCAS portal holds all the information about our vacancies.

What 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

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 here.

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