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School Direct Teacher Training - CASTTA

(Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance) is the formation of three main lead schools into one alliance - Fulston Manor School, Blean Primary School and Queenborough School and Nursery. Our collaboration gives us leading edge expertise in School Direct Teacher Training in both the Primary and Secondary education sector, bringing together a wealth of experience across the Sheppey, Swale and Canterbury region. This expertise is supported through our close partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

The School Direct Programme allows schools to recruit and train their own teachers giving a number of benefits to both the Trainee and also the base school. Trainees become part of the school community from day 1 of the programme, whilst gaining classroom experience, behaviour management skills, subject accessibility with expert academic and practical guidance from mentors and tutors.

During the course of the training year you will gain experience working within many settings and with children of differing abilities. This will ensure that a broad understanding of the range of teaching required to suit the differing needs, ability and socio-economic backgrounds of the students is received.

The majority of the training year will be spent in your base school where you will be supported by a subject mentor and a professional mentor. Training sessions will take place every week in the form of twilight sessions, and over the course of the year there will be Professional Studies Days and Subject Days either at the Fulston Manor School or Canterbury Christchurch University.

There will also be a 4-week placement undertaken in a different school setting from within the Alliance to gain a wider experience. We usually take into consideration access and location when placing trainees for this part of the year.

The School Direct Programme offers 2 types of training places:

1) School Direct Tuition Fee is open to all graduates and is self- funded by the trainee. Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans are available and there are some tax-free bursaries depending on your subject and degree class.

2) School Direct Salaried is for graduates with career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and their salary and training is subsidised by the DfE.

Our Alliance Partner Schools recruiting this year are:

Secondary Schools Primary Schools
Fulston Manor School - Alliance Lead Blean Primary School - Alliance Lead
Borden Grammar School

Queenborough School and Nursery - Alliance Lead

The Abbey School, Faversham

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School

  St Peter’s Methodist Primary School

Ospringe Primary School

  Halfway Houses Primary School
  Holywell Primary School

All of the CASTTA Teacher Training Courses starting in September 2020 will be listed on the DfE  Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses from the 1st October 2019 and applications will open on UCAS on the 8th October 2019.

If you would like more information or have any other questions, please email:

[email protected] or telephone 01795 412629.