Initial Teacher Training

The UCAS Portal will open for Applications for the academic year 2018/19 in October 2017 - more details to follow.

The MTSA will be at Kent & Medway Teaching School Network ITT Recruitment Events on Tuesday 14 November, 6.30 - 9.00 pm at The Hilton, Maidstone - please register here

This event will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about the School Direct programme, the application process and how to apply. 

View our advert from Medway Matters.  View our recent School Direct literature.

The MTSA is pro-actively responding to the Government changes and is working closely with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in order 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 Medway area.

School Direct Training with the MTSA

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 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 :




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The MTSA School Direct programme

We work in partnership with Canterbury Christchurch University to provide a tailored programme of training.  The School Direct pathways offered through Medway Teaching School 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 the MTSA are able to provide the following :

  • School experience placements in a variety of contexts prior to the starting of the course.
  • Focussed Professional Studies.
  • Curriculum Studies Programme based at 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?

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

The UCAS portal holds all the information about our vacancies.

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.