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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 SchoolBlean 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.

There are many opportunities available across our partner Primary and Secondary Schools which are listed below, but for further information on where training places are available and details of how to apply, please contact : 

Claire Banks - School Direct and Early Career Teacher Administrator

[email protected]

01795 412629

Canterbury and Swale Teacher Training Alliance Partner Schools :

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

Aylsham Primary School

OASIS Isle of Sheppey Academy Bysing Wood Primary School

Ospringe Primary School


  Selling Primary School
  Graveney Primary School
  Lower Halstow & Newington CEP Schools  Federation
  Halfway Houses Primary School
  West Minster Primary School
  Minster-In-Sheppey Primary School
  Holywell Primary School
  Canterbury Road Primary School
  Borden Primary School
  Minterne Primary School
  Rose Street Primary School
  South Avenue Primary School
  The Oaks Community Infant School
  Oakfield Primary Academy
  Priory Fields Primary School
  Temple Hill Primary Academy