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St. Mildred's are currently offering the opportunity of a non salaried route into teaching through the EKLA School Direct route.

School Direct


We will be holding the following 2018 entry School Direct Information Evenings:

Tuesday 5th December 2017 - 5:30 pm - Herne Bay High School (booking required)
Thursday 11th January 2018 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm - Joy Lane Primary School (booking required)

Please contact us to book your place.



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).

'I want to see QTS as a foundation stone for a great career in teaching. So I don’t believe QTS should be scrapped. Instead, I want QTS strengthened​.' Justin Greening, Education Secretary


  • 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.


    The East Kent Learning Alliance is a partnership of secondary and primary schools, that engage with schools and accredited providers to recruit high quality trainees to provide 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.


  • Partner schools have a strong tradition of highly successful ITT

  • Very experienced school based mentors

  • Strong relationship with our training provider, CCCU

  • Track record of talent management and succession planning for colleagues who have completed ITT

  • Collaborative working

  • Joint Professional Studies

  • Range of placements

  • Inter school visits

  • Networks and support

  • Potential Employment with a school in the EKLA area


    Whilst 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

  • School placements in differing contexts across the alliance.

  • Networking opportunities with trainees at other schools.


  • 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 young people

  • a desire to make a difference




    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


    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.


    EKLA will accept GCSE equivalency tests for Maths, English and Science.

    For details about the equivalency test please see link below.


    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. 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. 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. Candidates 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 to

    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:


    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

  • 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.


    Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year.

    Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried)

    For more details, please click on the link:

    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.


    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.


Applications for School Direct places with EKLA for September 2018 OPEN IN OCTOBER 2017

Applications for 2018 -19 places are managed by UCAS through a single admissions system.

Applications for School Direct Trainees to start in September 2018 opens on 26th October 2017.

Please follow this link for detailed information: