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  • Fantastic opportunities to train to be an excellent teacher in a Kent special school

  • School based training in special schools with an alternative 6 week placement in a partner mainstream school

  • A superb supportive network of special schools within which to develop the skills and knowledge to become an inspirational teacher

  • A strong partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University through which first class training will be provided

  • Salaried and Non-Salaried routes for primary and secondary training to gain QTS with the opportunity to gain a PGCE (self funded)

  • Training opportunities for every step of your career


Our School Direct programmes offer successful applicants a unique opportunity to train as a teacher within one of our special schools in Kent.  You will be learning on the job with our outstanding practitioners. You will find support from mentors, fellow trainees and our dedicated ITT team to help you achieve the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

There are 2 School Direct routes available:

  • School Direct Salaried

This is a one year employment based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least 3 years’ Special Educational Needs work experience. All salaried posts start at the lowest point of the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale. For more information click here. 


  • School Direct Non-Salaried

On this route students are not employed by the school where they are training but are still very much part of the school staff team. Trainees may be eligible for Student Finance and are responsible for their tuition fees. Students may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary, dependent on their subject.

For more information on the bursary route into teaching click here.


Secondary: Grade C at GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics

Primary: Grade C at GCSE (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and Science

A bachelor’s degree or higher (in a relevant subject for Secondary)

Overseas qualifications will need to be checked with the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) for equivalence at GCSE and degree level.



Applicants need to register and apply through the UCAS website. 

For more information on how to apply, please click here.





To see a list of CLASS vacancies for 2021/22, please click the link below:

Application forms will be sent directly to CLASS by UCAS.

Once applications have been shortlisted, interviews will take place virtually. 

Placement offers with all the training programmes will be conditional subject to a DBS check and meeting the relevant university entry requirements (see above). 


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