ITT Information and Guidance

Help and guidance with your training application

School Direct is a relatively new and popular 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 teacher training with actually doing the job. With School Direct, you are selected by the school and the training provider, and from day one we make a commitment, not only to your training, but to your subsequent employment.


The St Augustine Academy School Direct training Programme

We work in partnership with the Medway Valley Teaching Partnership (MVTP) and Kent and Medway Training (KMT) to provide a tailored programme of training.  The School Direct pathways offered allow you to gain either QTS or PGCE by the end of the training period.

Additionally, St Augustine Academy is able to provide the following :

  • School experience placements prior to starting the course
  • Focused Professional Studies
  • Curriculum Studies based at Leigh Academy or Thomas Aveling School
  • The opportunity to gain 60 Masters Credits
  • Training opportunities across the Medway Valley Teaching Partnership schools
  • An SEN experience
  • Strong support
  • 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 / grade 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics and have achieved passes in the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests.
Applicants with overseas qualifications will need to demonstrate, via NARIC, their equivalency to the English degree course and the GCSEs indicated above.

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


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

For further guidance or any questions you may have, please contact:
Sandra Dean - Assistant Principal (sdean@saa.woodard.co.uk)


Here’s what one student teacher said:

St Augustine Academy changed my teaching training experience for the better. I found it a supportive, encouraging, fun school to complete my training in. Nothing was too much trouble for my professional tutor and mentor at the St Augustine Academy. It's a great school to be involved with.

Thanks – Charlotte’