Details of our School Direct Training Programmes 2018-19

Our School Direct trainees  will follow a bespoke training programme leading to either a QTS or QTS with PGCE starting in September 2018, that will accredited by:

  • QTS or QTS with PGCE: Tuition fee route training programme places in English (3549), Geography (354H), PE (27M4), Music (2RVV), Chemistry (3545), Physics (34KM), Mathematics (34KL) and MFL (354D French & Spanish) validated by Kent & Medway Training (KMT) and the University of Brighton, based here at Tonbridge Grammar School for your main placement, through the Kaizen Teaching Schools’ Alliance
  • QTS or QTS with PGCE: Tuition fee route training programme places in Chemistry (UCAS course code 3789), Physics (2Y9Z), Mathematics (2T56) and Religious Education (378C) validated by King’s College London (KCL) with Tonbridge Grammar School as the lead school for the main placement http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/education/study/schooldirect/School-Direct-Programme.aspx

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 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.


ITT financial incentives for the academic year 2018 to 2019

There are now increased bursaries to £26,000 for all 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.

Bursaries for English trainees have been increased to £15,000 and bursaries in all other secondary subjects are unchanged for 2018 to 2019.


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

Get into Teaching

How to apply

The application system opens on 26th October 2017 until July 2018. All applications must be made via the UCAS website please, not to us as an individual school. www.ucas.com/teacher-training.