Details of our School Direct Training Programmes 2018-19

Our School Direct trainees follow a tried and trusted bespoke training programme leading to either a QTS or QTS with PGCE to start in September 2019.

Applications for Initial Teacher Training in 2019/2020 will close on Monday 1st July 2019 at 4pm.

  • Kaizen Teaching School Alliance places: QTS or optional QTS with PGCE: Tuition fee (non-salaried) route training programme places in English (3549), Geography (354H), PE (27M4), Music (2RVV), Chemistry (3545), Computing (383Q) Physics (34KM), and Mathematics (34KL) validated by Kent & Medway Training (KMT) and Leeds Beckett University, based here in Kent at Tonbridge Grammar School for your main placement, through our local teaching school (Weald of Kent) under the Kaizen Teaching Schools’ Alliance

  • Tonbridge Grammar School places: PGCE+QTS: Tuition fee (non-salaried) route training programme places in Chemistry (UCAS course code 3789), Physics (2Y9Z), and Mathematics (2T56) validated by London-based King’s College London (KCL) with Tonbridge Grammar School as the lead school for the main placement

CESET website now live

On the CESET website, prospective teachers can search for a CESET school in which to gain experience and download a resource pack to support their visit. They can also view details about the application process in our interactive journey map and hear from current student teachers in a range of videos. A unique feature of the site is the filtering tool, which enables potential teachers to easily search for training courses which could be available to them across the region, filtering by a range of options including location and part-time study.

As the portal develops, it will become a focus for recruitment to teacher vacancies in schools and for resources to support the development of new teachers and their mentors.

The School Direct Tuition Fee Programme—non-salaried

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £25k bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification. If you join our training courses, you could access further funding to support your journey into teaching.

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits:



Scholarships are available in shortage subjects for trainees who are starting their training in the 2019/20 academic year. These prestigious awards are aimed at high-quality graduates with a 2:1 or first-class degree, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational.


ITT financial incentives for the academic year 2019 to 2020

There are bursaries to £28,000 for trainees with a 2:2 or higher in the highest priority subjects: physics, languages, chemistry, biology, computing, geography and classics. For maths trainees there is a £20,000 bursary followed by two additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 if teaching in specified areas in England) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state school in England since completing their ITT course.

We are continuing to offer prestigious scholarship schemes in six subjects for 2018 to 2019; physics, maths, languages, chemistry, computing and geography.

Read the latest information on the current ITT bursary and scholarships available:


Secondary training overview

Prior to joining Tonbridge Grammar School, trainees will attend three Induction days – two at the school and one with the validating awarding body. For tuition fee routes, you will spend 4 days a week training at Tonbridge Grammar School and 1 day a week will be dedicated to further professional development sessions at our validating awarding body.

 Our TGS School Direct Partners over the last three years have been:

  • The Kaizen Teaching School Alliance

  • King’s College London

  • Kent & Medway Training

  • Mascalls Academy (All ability)

  • Wrotham School (Wide ability)

  • Kaizen Teaching School Alliance (West Kent schools’ alliance)

  • Woodlands Primary School

KMT: Get into Teaching

How to apply

The application system opens on 9th October 2018 until July 2019. All applications must be made via the UCAS website please, not to us as an individual school: