What is School Direct?

Kent Oaks Consortium offers outstanding initial teaching training in a vibrant school environment. The consortium is accredited by The University of Sussex, and in partnership, we provide practical experience supported by sound pedagogy. With a balanced approach to practical teaching and theory you will acquire the skills to become a reflective and honest practitioner and therefore an outstanding teacher.   

Teacher training based in schools and delivered by schools is a relatively new initiative however it is clear that it provides the trainee with many benefits. From the start of term you are part of the whole school community and consortium. You will meet like-minded people and will be immersed in the everyday cycles of school life. Each trainee is supported by an in school mentor as well as a link tutor; these are experienced teachers who can guide and focus on adapting the skills of the trainee.

As a consortium we work closely with the schools within our partnership. There are clear systems in place which ensure quality assurance across the consortium. As the lead school Knole Academy also undergoes rigorous quality assurance by our SCITT providers. The aim is for trainees to take up teaching posts in the school or within the consortium once they have qualified.

We offer two school direct routes both offering a PGCE and QTS;

School Direct Tuition Fee

Trainees will be based in a school for the full duration of their training. There will be a second placement within the consortium. Unlike universities we do not simply adapt a core PGCE programme and fit it to a school direct programme. Our programme is designed specifically for trainees in school and we draw on the experience of our staff and expertise of teachers to provide an enriching and practical programme. The theory based sessions will be provided by both The University of Sussex and consortium members. The venues will vary and provide opportunity to meet trainees from across London and the south east.

Trainees on this course will be liable for tuition fees of £9250. Funding and training bursaries are available and further information can be found at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/postgraduate-funding


School Direct Salaried

Trainees will be employed by the school for the duration of their training and therefore receive a salary from the school. As a member of staff you are committed to teach a limited timetable from September increasing as the term progresses. Theory sessions are based in Falmer at the University of Sussex, and take place once a week during term time. Trainees are therefore released from teaching to attend training.

Trainees on this course will not be eligible for funding or bursaries.


Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status

In order to achieve the PGCE with QTS trainees must meet the teachers' standards and pass two 30 credit Masters level modules.

The Masters level modules will require trainees to complete written assignments. Masters level credits can be used towards gaining a masters qualification at a later date. A full masters consists of 180 credits so this course is the equivalent to one third of a Masters qualification.