Details of our School Direct Training Programmes 2017-18

Our School Direct trainees will follow a bespoke training programme leading to either a QTS or QTS with PGCE that will accredited by:

  • Tuition fee route programme places in Chemistry (2ZJJ), Computer Science (2RVS), Design Technology(2ZL3), Mathematics (34KL), Music (2RVV) and Physics (34KM) QTS (with optional PGCE) validated by Kent & Medway Training (KMT)                                                     based here at Tonbridge Grammar School, through the Kaizen Teaching Schools’ Alliance
  • TGS Salaried training programme in MFL (French and Spanish) ( 2T58) QTS (with optional PGCE) validated by King’s College London (KCL) with Tonbridge Grammar School as the lead school

The School Direct Training—Salaried is a twelve month, school-based employed route to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with optional QTS + PGCE available.

It is designed for high quality experienced graduates, who are career changers and who have had a minimum of three years career experience prior to the start of the programme. Part time employment as a student does not count. Applicants must also have had some experience in schools.

Employment and in school training begin on the first day of Autumn Term 2017 and will continue until the end of the Summer Term 2018. The is usually an induction period at the School in July. You will work at Tonbridge Grammar and in one other partner school for an extended period, following a bespoke training programme that will be designed to support the interests and strengths of each individual. This includes experience in a primary school and contrasting secondary school, and day visits to other educational settings.

You will develop your skills as a teacher through a comprehensive and rigorous Professional Development and a well-established TGS Professional Studies programme. For the duration of the programme the trainee is employed by the school on the unqualified teacher pay scale first increment, currently £16,460.00 per annum (2016–17) revised annually and will be expected to have a teaching timetable from the outset.

The School Direct Tuition Fee Programme—non-salaried

Funding for teacher training is available for eligible graduates who are starting their training in the 2017/2018 academic year on postgraduate routes including the non-salaried School Direct programme.

Funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. If you do not have a degree in the subject you wish to teach, free courses are available to increase your subject knowledge prior to teacher training.


Scholarships are available in shortage subjects for trainees who are starting their training in the 2017/18 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 teachers.

More details can be found here.

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 the validating awarding body.

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

  • King’s College London
  • Kent & Medway Training
  • Mascalls Academy (All ability)
  • Wrotham School (Wide ability)
  • Kaizen Teaching School Alliance (West Kent schools’ alliance)
  • Paddock Wood Primary School
  • Woodlands Primary School

How to apply

The application system opens at the end of October 2016 until July 2017. All applications must be made via the UCAS website, not to individual schools.