School Direct 2018 Entry

Applications for 2018 -19 School Direct places are managed by UCAS through a single admissions system.

Applications for School Direct Trainees to start in September 2018 open from 26th October 2017.

Please follow this link for detailed information:

School Direct Information Evenings

We are holding the following 2018 entry School Direct Information Evenings:

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - 6:30 pm - Best Western Hotel, Canterbury 

(register via

Tuesday 5th December 2017 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm - Herne Bay High School

Thursday 11th January 2018 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm - Joy Lane Primary School 

Please contact us to book your place.

ITT Recruitment Event - Saturday 14th October

EKLA will be hosting a stand at the CCCU ITT recruitment event on Saturday. 
Come along and speak to us about a career in teaching
Saturday 14th October 2017
10am - 2pm 
Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University

During the event delegates will be able to attend the following:
Primary Talk (including School Direct)
Secondary Talk (including School Direct)
UCAS Application and Bursary Information Talk
1:1 drop in sessions with tutors and partner schools
Student Support Services stand

New 2017 School Direct Trainees

A warm welcome!!!

We were delighted to meet with our 32 School Direct trainees who are due to start in our schools in September. 

The event was well attended by both the trainees and their mentors and all were engaged with the activities.

I particularly enjoyed the comment, from a mentor, who when asked to liken herself to a cartoon character, as part of the ice breaker activity, she responded:

'Popeye, as I am constantly juggling cans of spinach'

The feedback from the event was extremely positive and all the staff at EKLA are looking forward to supporting our trainees and mentors during the next academic year.

To all our Trainees: Congratulations on your successful application and here's to a fantastic year!

N​ew Leadership Development Curriculum

T​he DfE recently published its plans for the next stage of development for the NPQs. The main changes are the introduction of a fourth level for Executive Leaders (NPQEL) and a simplification of the content framework, replacing competencies with 6 'content areas'  and 7 'leadership behaviours'.

In addition to these content changes, we have the freedom to open up new opportunities  to work collaboratively​  together and tailor the programmes to meet local or specialist need, for example for staff working within a MAT, or leaders from schools with similar priorities (coastal, rural, faith, small), as well as to integrate a wider range of learning opportunities within the framework for accreditation. While greater local variety may be found in the course delivery, the national accreditation of the programmes will be assured through the use of common national assessment criteria and submission requirements. 

As a result we are delighted to be working in partnership with LLSE and local Teaching Schools to re-design a new and improved leadership curriculum for our schools, which we will be able to share with schools from September.

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