• Thinking about a career in teaching?

    Thinking about a career in teaching?

    Postgraduate Primary and Secondary Teacher Training routes into teaching with School Direct - Applications to EKLA close on 8th May

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  • Book Your Place on a CPD Course

    Book Your Place on a CPD Course

    Training and professional development opportunities with CPD courses for all staff, teaching and non-teaching

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  • School Direct Teacher Training

    School Direct Teacher Training

    "I believe strongly in the school-led system - taking what happens in the very best classrooms and schools in this country and spreading it, driving improvement through collaboration and school-to-school support" Justin Greening

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  • Professional Development Opportunities

    Professional Development Opportunities

    To see our current exciting CPD opportunities please visit our CPD page for our latest CPD courses.

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Welcome to EKLA

We provide highly effective, relevant, affordable and accessible training and professional development opportunities for all staff (teaching and non-teaching) within schools across the area. Read More

Our Next CPD Course

PRe-school & Nursery network meeting "PlaNNing in the Early YEars" - 10TH may

Network meetings for pre-school and nursery practitioners.  


Latest News


The DfE has recently confirmed that £10 million of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been set aside to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

This funding will cover the full participant costs of the course for teachers working in an Opportunity Area or a priority area (defined by the DfE as a category 5 or 6 ‘Achieving Excellence’ area - see below 1).

These areas include Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway, Thanet (The DfE is determining these regions by authority areas as specified by the Local Authority District)

To be eligible for a scholarship, the participant must be:

  • Enrolled on an NPQ course
  • Work in a school in a category 5 or 6 area
  • Not already hold the NPQ for which they have enrolled
  • Not previously enrolled with the NPQ provider for the same NPQ course and dropped out before completing 
  • The Department for Education has not previously paid for their NPQ course

More details will follow shortly.

Category 5 and 6 areas are those described in the Government’s 2016 White Paper: Educational Excellence Everywhere as having the weakest performance and least capacity to improve. A map of the category 5 and 6 areas is available here:

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The next EKLA application round for SLEs has opened!

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context. 

We will receive applications from 20th March- 30th April

Applications will then be shortlisted and successful applicants will be called for interview; currently planned for the week beginning; 4th June - days tbc

If successful the core training is planned to take place:

Training Day 1 (full day) Tuesday 19th June

Training Day 2 (twilight) Tuesday 3rd July

Training Day 3 (twilight) Tuesday 10th July

For more details and an application form visit:

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East Kent CPD Courses with EKLA

'Effective teaching requires considerable knowledge and skill, which should be developed as teachers’ careers progress.  High-quality professional development requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and supporting each other so that pupils benefit from the best possible teaching' - DfE: Standard for teachers’ professional development

Our current CPD courses on offer.  All of our courses take place in East Kent Schools:

Getting Ofsted Right "Supporting Inspection as a Governor" - Thursday 26th April 2018 - Course Full
Getting Ofsted Right - Headteachers and SLT - Thursday 26th April 2018 - Course Full

Letters & Sounds Phase 1 Phonics for Nursery Children - Tuesday 13th March 2018 - Course Full
Pre-school and Nursery Network Meetings - Thursday 22nd March, 10th May, 24th May & 21st June 2018
Singing & Signing - T
hursday 22nd March 2018 - Course Full

Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Preparation for School - 5th, 6th & 7th March - Course Full
Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Learning Through Play - 23rd April, 24th April & 25th April - Courses Full
Thinking Hard - Implementing a pedagogy for the more able students - Wednesday 2nd May
How to stop bad things happening to you and your school - and dealing with them when they do - Monday 11th June 2018
HLTA Training Day - Friday 22nd June 2018 


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Contact Us

King Ethelbert School, Canterbury Road, Birchington,
Kent, CT7 9BL

01843 830 215

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Welcome to EKLA

The East Kent Learning Alliance is a partnership of local secondary and primary schools.

Our vision is to achieve school improvement through working collaboratively and to provide highly effective, relevant, affordable and accessible training and professional development opportunities for all staff (teaching and non-teaching) within schools across the area.

Our aims are:

  • To attract, recruit and train high calibre new entrants to the profession
  • To provide targeted and bespoke training and professional development
  • To further develop leadership within and across schools
  • To provide school to school support to help raise outcomes of young people

The type of training and support we can provide includes:

  • Governor Training
  • Handwriting Success
  • School Reviews
  • Internships for aspiring Middle and Senior Leaders
  • Bespoke CPD

We are always keen to develop our network of schools and colleagues that we work collaboratively with, so please contact us if you would like further information.

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