TGS opens teaching training course for talented graduates choosing a career in the classroom.

Tonbridge Grammar School is calling for applications for its latest teacher training programme from the most able graduates in the region.

The School Direct programme allows top graduates, or those who have been working in a career, to combine teacher training with learning on the job.

For successful candidates it offers tax free bursaries- or a salary - and graduates get to train alongside experienced teachers in some the best primary and secondary schools in the country. 

Adrian Pitts, Assistant Head Teacher, Tonbridge Grammar School said: “We are looking forward to receiving applications from those individuals with the potential to be brilliant teachers in Mathematics, Physics, Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and English.  They will be working in partnership with King’s College London for a salaried place. We also have places for inspiring teachers of PE, Music, Chemistry, Computer Science and Design Technology through a QT/S/PGCE place with The Kaizen Teaching School Alliance (SCITT strategic partner of Kent and Medway Training). School Direct allows us to provide bespoke training to meet the needs of both the school and the trainees, who gain practical experience from day one. It is a great way to learn and qualify to become a teacher, by offering candidates support from their future colleagues who have a wealth of experience. They will also benefit from further learning opportunities to develop their teaching skills and progress quickly into leadership positions.”

Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “Teaching is rewarding in all senses of the word and is now a career of choice for top graduates. School Direct allows the most able graduates to work alongside some of the best teachers working in our classrooms today, and in schools that are right for them. By offering bursaries of up to £20,000 in key subjects, or a salary, together with outstanding training and development, schools can attract the very best talent.” 

Graduates can apply for one of two options: a fee-based programme, paid for by the trainee through the Student Loans Scheme, which offers well-qualified graduates the opportunity to train in a school and receive a bursary (if eligible); or the salaried programme, which is an employment-based route available to graduates with three years’ work experience and ensures trainees are paid a salary while they train. 

See the School Direct section of our website.

People interested in becoming a teacher should visit: or contact the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.