Initial Teacher Training


Saint George’s Church of England School is a Lead School for Aletheia Academies Trust, a School Direct and Hub Training Centre for Kent and Medway Training (KMT), our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) partner

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In partnership with Kent and Medway Training, we endeavour to ensure that trainees have the relevant, quality exposure to both the practical and theoretical elements of the course and have the opportunity to network regularly with others embarking on the same subject studies at other training institutions.

Our hub currently includes six primary schools:
St Botolph’s –
Shorne –
Rosherville Church of England Academy –
Horton Kirby –
Sutton-at-Hone –
Stone –

Our hub currently includes three secondary schools:
Saint George’s –
Mayfield Grammar –
Northfleet School for Girls –
St. John’s Catholic School –

As well as our work with KMT we also host and train trainees from Canterbury Christ Church University

Last year all our School Direct Associate Teachers and trainees successfully completed their placements and found employment in local schools and some within the partnership. We pride ourselves on our 100% success rate.

In addition to that, we had a 100% success rate on all our NQT induction years. This is as a result of delivering a high-quality post-training programme of support in the first year of all our qualified teachers building on all their strengths and areas for further development since gaining QTS.

You will need to apply through UCAS – search for Aletheia Academies Trust.


SCHOOL EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME – TEACHING TASTER DAYS If you are interested in a teaching career and would like to experience life in a secondary school environment, then sign up for one of our tasters days through the School Experience Programme. You will be given the opportunity to observe lessons, meet our students and our current trainee teachers as well as gain real experience of what it is like to train and teach at Saint George’s School. We can also facilitate taster days in any of the schools within our hub. First of all, simply register with School Experience Programme before you can get into the school experience programme. For further support, once you have registered and for forthcoming dates of taster days at Saint George’s, email Natasha Armstrong at

TEACHING AS A CAREER – SCHOOL DIRECT School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a SCITT – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

School Direct (Salaried) If you’re a graduate and have been working for around three years in any career, School Direct (salaried) courses are available for you. On this school-led option, you’re selected directly by the school or partnership of schools you apply to – and you’ll earn a salary during your training. Schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you. School Direct (salaried) courses normally take a year to complete. This is a great choice if you want to stay in the world of work, as you’ll be employed as an unqualified teacher during your training while you learn ‘on the job’. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be thrown straight in at the deep end or expected to work things out for yourself. As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you’ll be surrounded by experienced teachers and mentors to support you from the start. The school you’re with won’t ask you to teach classes unsupported until they think you’re ready. The principles of academic rigour on School Direct (salaried) are the same as on university-led courses, too. School Direct courses generally last a year and all result in QTS. Most School Direct courses also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master’s-level credits – you can check the exact details of individual courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site. Your training cost to achieve QTS is covered by the school. The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in and the subject you’re teaching. This year, a number of schools are offering an enhanced salary of up to £25,000 to trainees in maths and physics – you should check with the school before you apply to see if they are offering this higher rate. Your work experience does not have to be from a career in education but generally applies to the years following graduation. Please ask the schools you are interested in applying to about their recruitment arrangements. In addition, some schools may accept applications from high-quality candidates with fewer than three years’ work experience. Remember that generous tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £30,000 are available to train to teach some subjects. This may make better financial sense to you than a School Direct (salaried) course, where you’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher.

School Direct (Non-Salaried): In our School Direct (non-salaried) programme with KMT you will:

  • Have two block placements in different partnership schools.
  • Work closely with a school-based trained subject mentor and professional tutor.
  • Have additional subject specialist input.
  • Attend regular training sessions about broader educational issues (professional studies) where you meet and work with other training teachers on the School Direct Programme.
  • Be awarded Qualified Teacher Status to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 on successful completion of the programme.

How to apply:

Return To Teaching Programme:

  • If you are considering returning to teaching, the transition may be much easier than you expect. Whether you left to bring up a family or explore a different career, there is a lot of support available to help you become one of the thousands of teachers who come back to the profession each year. Find out about getting back into a career where you can make a real difference every day. 

School Experience Programme: School experience is essential if you’re interested in becoming a teacher. Before you apply for your training, you’ll need to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible in order to strengthen your application and prepare you for potential interviews. There are also lots of ways to arrange school experience independently at both primary and secondary level. You can use this section to find out more, and update your profile’s progress bar if you’ve already got some experience under your belt or have a placement lined up.



  Scholarships  Trainee with
1st / PhD
2:1 / Master’s 
Physics  £30,000 £30,000 £25,000
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Languages £25,000 £25,000
£25,000 £25,000 £20,000
Biology  £20,000 £15,000
Geography £15,000 £15,000
D & T £12,000 £9,000
£9,000 £4,000
£6,000 £6,000
Primary £3,000 £3,000


  Scholarships  2:2  Other
Physics  £30,000 £25,000 £9,000
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £9,000
Languages £20,000 £0
£25,000 £20,000 £0
Biology  £15,000 £0
Geography £15,000 £0
D & T £0 £0
£0 £3,000
£6,000 £0
Primary £0