School Direct Eligibility
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL YOU NEED?
You must have a UK university degree or a recognised equivalent qualification of a minimum award of 2:2, with honours. Your degree must be completed before commencement of your training place. For applicants with a higher degree (Masters, MBA or Doctorate) you must also have a first degree. All secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and MFL candidates who do not have a degree in the subject they want to train to teach, will be required to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE). Any offer of a place on the School Direct programme will be conditional on completion of an SKE course. Further information can be found at: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/search/postgraduate-taught-courses?term=SKE
To train as a teacher on any programme you must achieve a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you want to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7 to 14), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a Science GCSE.
NARIC equivalency certificates are required for any degree or school qualifications gained outside the United Kingdom.
If you require a visa please contact the school (s) directly to see if they can support you, as they will become the employer, if your application was successful.
Work Experience - Salaried Route
To apply for the salaried route you must have at least 3 years full time work experience. This must not be undertaken whilst completing your degree. Less than 3 years experience would be considered from exceptional applicants, particularly for those applying for priority subjects. This does not need to be in a school.
WORK EXPERIENCE - all applicants
Being able to evidence experience of working with young people, particularly in a school environment, strengthens an application. We would therefore highly recommend that you visit a range of schools and undertake work experience prior to applying for School Direct. Talk to teachers about their role. This is not a requirement but a recommendation to help prepare you for working as a classroom teacher.
GCSE EQUIVALENCY TESTS
EKLA will accept GCSE equivalency tests for Maths, English and Science.
CCCU equivalency tests are undertaken by Equivalency Testing. These test provide a transferrable, nationally recognised qualification. Tests are booked through Equivalency Testing at http://www.equivalencytesting.com/ This can be done at any time and applicants do not need to wait until an offer has been made.
SECONDARY SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE ENHANCEMENT (SKE)
All candidates for secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and MFL who do not have a degree in the subject they want to train to teach, will be required to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE). These are run by Canterbury Christ Church University for free, details of which can be found at https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/search/postgraduate-taught-courses?term=SKE
- The SKE is free to candidates (you do not have to pay a fee) if it is made a condition of your offer of a teacher training place
- If a student enrols on the SKE before the end of March they may also get a bursary to support their study
- The course is not "pass / fail" it is a "complete / not complete" programme
- The SKE is entirely distance learning, there is no need to attend any sessions in Canterbury. Materials are accessed via Blackboard and tutorials are accessed remotely via the Internet.
- The SKE materials are focussed in the main on personal subject knowledge
- If a candidate goes on to an ITE place with CCCU after undertaking their SKE they retain access to the materials throughout their training year, which means they can use them to support their subject knowledge development through the training year as well.
Clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
We have a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults. If you are offered a place on the School Direct programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the CRB as a requirement of entry to the course. This document will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bindovers recorded against your name (even where they would ordinarily be considered spent) or confirm that you have none. It will allow us to make an assessment of your suitability for access to these vulnerable groups.
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