About the course
Why School Direct?
School Direct is a training programme for both graduates and career changers, where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one. It gives the trainee the chance to work and learn alongside teachers within the full time setting of a school. It is a popular choice for those training to be a teacher who hope to secure a teaching post in the network of schools where they are training.
School Direct courses within the DDS Partnership are designed in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher. We are part of a growing number of schools leading the way for more school-led teacher training. This is really important to us because it means we can choose the very best talent and develop them into teachers. Being able to choose who we train as teachers helps us to deliver the best outcomes for the students.
What will I learn?
By the end of your training course you will:
- Set high standards which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
- Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
- Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
- Plan and teach well-structured lessons
- Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
- Make accurate and productive use of assessment
- Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
Once you have applied through UCAS applicants will know as to whether they have been successful within 40 school days. If your initial application is of interest, you will have a formal interview at the Partner school that you have applied to. Each school will send you in advance the full details of their individual process. On that day you will be asked to undertake Literacy and Numeracy tests provided by Canterbury Christ Church University. You will also be asked to lead part of a lesson - details of the observation year group (including SEN), the topic and focus will be provided in advance. The interview process is not designed to test your abilities to teach now, but on your potential to be trained on the programme.
The interview day is likely to include a tour of the school and meet with departmental staff to give you an idea of the environment you will be working in.
If you would like to visit any of the schools within the partnership prior to submitting an application, we would be happy to organize for you to come in and have a chat with us about the exciting teacher training opportunities available.
We can also provide you with support and guidance on your application form and offer you school experience if you just want a taster of what teaching could be like.
How school placements work
The key feature of this course is that the majority of the year is spent on placement working alongside experienced colleagues in schools. The course aims to harness the knowledge and experience of school colleagues in the delivery of courses, working in partnership with the experience of an accredited ITT provider. Each trainee is allocated a mentor who will support you over the course of the year. They will design a training programme based on your needs, ensuring that you have a broad and varied experience. Each trainee will also spend at least 20 days in a second school within the partnership in order to gain experience of a different setting.
This is open to graduates with three or more years work experience.
Trainees are based at a school and earn a salary; schools may have slightly different pay scales but usually as school direct trainee will be on unqualified teacher scale 1 - applicants should check the salary with the school provider.
For salaried positions the school will also cover the cost of your training to achieve QTS (£5960)
PGCE top up
Students can choose to top up their qualification to the PGCE; this is an additional £3290. The funding for this is usually paid for by the trainee unless the partner school offers to pay.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
The minimum criteria is:
- A good honours degree (at least 2:2)
We look for 50% of the degree in the subject you intend to teach but if your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting training.
- GCSE’s in Math’s, English, grade C or above.
- NARIC equivalency certificates for any degree or school qualification gained outside the United Kingdom. For further information visit www.naric.org.uk/naric
- For the Salaried route - 3 years full time work experience
A great teacher is one a student remembers and cherishes forever; teachers have long-lasting impacts on the lives of their students. As a partnership we have successfully trained teachers from a wide range of backgrounds, all with different experiences prior to making the decision to teach. Whatever your background you will need to be patient and caring with a love of your subject. A willingness to dedicate yourself to the success and well-being of the students is essential.
The DDS Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including an enhanced disclosure check.
For further information on what becoming a teacher might involve more generally, you can also visit
About the training provider
The Dover, Deal and Sandwich Partnership is a group of like-minded schools that work together for the good of the students in our community. We believe in giving our young people access to first class teachers and, collectively, are committed to investing in the teachers of the future.
A training course within our partnership includes:
- A placement at the school of your choice
- An induction programme based on your own training needs
- Classroom experience at two contrasting schools within the Partnership
- Support from fully trained mentors and experienced teachers
- A fully comprehensive and up to date curriculum studies and professional studies programme enabling you to meet regularly with other Partnership student teachers
- Access within your training to a range of teaching styles and methodology
- Continued support to achieve QTS
An overview of the schools within our partnership can be found on our website DDSPartnership.org
About the accredited body
At Canterbury Christ Church University, courses are designed to give you the higher education you want, and the skills you need. You will experience high quality teaching, as shown by the Silver Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating, and you can be assured that you are choosing a university with a strong track record for ensuring students of all abilities, and from all backgrounds, succeed and reach their full potential.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a partnership we are committed to equal opportunities and supporting both students and staff with disabilities and learning needs. Each of our partner schools will be happy to discuss any requirements you may have to ensure a successful training experience.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Astor Avenue, Dover, Kent CT17 0AS
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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