• Thinking about a career in teaching?

    Thinking about a career in teaching?

    Want to Train to Teach? School Direct information evenings: Tuesday 17th October and Tuesday 3rd December - Postgraduate Primary and Secondary Teacher Training routes into teaching with School Direct

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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

    “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think” Albert Einstein

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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

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- YEAR 6 TO YEAR 7 -

Transition through the eyes of the child and teacher. Practical ideas to reduce anxieties.


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Want to train to teach?

Hurry! Submit your application now for a September 2019 start. EKLA application window closes 30th April 2019.

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Collaboration and Innovation in Recruiting and Retaining Teachers

The Government have launched a new strategy for the recruitment and retention of teachers, recognising that there are ongoing and significant challenges to ensuring that teachers are attracted to and able to stay in the profession.

Taking a refreshingly inclusive approach to policy design, the Secretary of State has brought together teaching unions, teacher training providers, schools and civil servants to produce a long-term strategy for the teaching workforce.

Key priorities for the plan include early career support, reduction in teacher workload and opportunities for flexible working, simplifying the process of applying to become a teacher, and creating a diverse range of options for teachers as their careers and lives develop.

To build a career offer that attracts potential teachers, as well as remaining attractive as careers and lives develop, we must work together to transform the way we promote and advocate teaching as a vibrant and rewarding profession.  

EKLA are therefore delighted to be involved in a  new initiative, led by Canterbury Christ Church University. The project involves working collaboratively with Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Sussex, Kent and Medway Training, The Kemnal Academies trust, Teach Kent and Sussex, East Sussex Teacher Training Partnership. This partnership has formed The Confederation for the Education of South East Teachers, or CESET. The aims are to promote teaching as an attractive and rewarding career and boost regional recruitment into the profession. As a collaboration between universities, schools, local authorities and other bodies involved in education, it will be strongly placed to provide support for teacher recruitment and training across the south east and gives a unique opportunity to take a long-term approach to tackling this ongoing challenge. Key current activities include:

  • the completion of research with trainee teachers from all six partners, to establish key barriers to successful completion of application
  • providing ongoing applicant and trainee support with school experience and pre-application support which smooths the path to successful completion and good quality preparation for success in teaching
  • the completion of analysis of Initial Teacher Training cold spots across the region, driving our collective activity to where it is most needed and thus improve recruitment of teachers to these schools
  • improve consistency in mentor development, including via the piloting of specific support to improve mentors’ capacity and understanding of special educational needs and thus improve the quality of teaching of their trainees.

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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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