Initial Teaching Training

High quality teaching is the single biggest factor in securing strong outcomes for students. We know that effective teaching transforms the lives of our young people, helping them to unlock potential that they didn’t know they had.

Across Kent there are many routes into teaching. KTSH partner with the Outstanding ITT provider, Teach Kent and Sussex SCITT to offer an exceptional teacher training programme for our area. Read more about our SCITT (Teach Kent and Sussex) here.

Routes into teaching

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, there are a number of different routes into teaching.

  • School Direct – The school direct programme is a school-led route into ITT. It is run in partnership between a lead school and an accredited ITT provider (a university or a SCITT). A school direct programme means you are in school from the first day of your training. Training is then provided alongside your in-school experience.
  • University based ITT – University based coursed combine university-based learning, with periods of school placement. These placements provide ‘contrasting’ experience.
  • Postgraduate teaching apprenticeships – This is a relatively new programme, where you can gain QTS by learning on the job. There is no fee for this, and you can earn while you learn. This route combines in school teaching and off-the-job training.
  • Teach first – Trainees complete a 2-year programme, working in schools in disadvantaged areas. In the first year the teaching is equivalent to an unqualified teacher, and then in year two the teacher becomes an early career teacher.

Other teacher training providers

Across Kent there are a number of high-quality teacher training providers.

Here are a selection of providers:

KMT provide high quality school-based teacher training, offering both salaried and non-salaried places. KMT are an Ofsted rated good provider, and are partnered with schools across the county. KMT have hubs based around the county, and provide excellent facilities for training.

Canterbury University provide a university route into teaching, providing undergraduate and graduate courses. Canterbury also provide a number of education diplomas and certificates, as well as subject knowledge enhancement courses.

CASTTA is a school direct route into teaching, based in East Kent. CASTTA is made of three lead schools, who work as one alliance that gives opportunities to train to teach across the Sheppey, Swale and Canterbury region. CASTAA are partnered with Canterbury Christchurch University and Lead Learning South East.

TKATT are a SCITT who cover the South and South East of England. TKATT are partnered with over 40 schools in 7 regions. With TKATT teaching spend 4 days a week in school and 1 day of the week learning about what makes effective teaching, with this learning taking place at their regional hubs.

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