Awards and Vacancies

School Direct Salaried Positions

Applicants for a salaried position should have a minimum of three years full time work experience, which may be in any career, and does not have to be in an educational setting.

Trainees will be employed by one of the schools in the Alliance for the duration of their training, and will therefore receive a salary from the school.   The salary paid is a minimum of point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale.   There are no requirements to be supernumerary.  However, all of our inexperienced salaried trainees are always supernumerary at the beginning of the year, and will have no timetable commitments.

For salaried trainees, the university tuition fees to achieve QTS will be paid by the school.  Those who opt to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) will pay the extra costs.  Trainees on the salaried route cannot access bursaries, scholarships or student finance.

School Direct Non-funded Positions

Trainees on this route are responsible for university tuition fees for QTS.  For those who opt to undertake the PGCE, this will involve a further cost.

Funding and training bursaries are available.  For further information, visit the website: Get Into Teaching - Bursaries and Funding


There are two possible awards from your School Direct training.  All School Direct trainees are automatically on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme. However, there is an opportunity to opt into the Post Graduate Certificate in Education programme (PGCE).

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – All trainees

All successful School Direct trainee teachers will achieve the recommendation for QTS. 

The majority of your time on this programme is spent in school and the training is delivered through the bespoke training sessions (professional studies sessions, as well as specific Learning Days).  Trainees also attend subject specific training days at university.

Trainees are assessed through a professional portfolio, which will evidence how the standards for the award of QTS are being met.   Evidence will include observations of teaching and professional activities, they will demonstrate a clear understanding of teaching and subject knowledge.  Classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme as confidence and ability develop.

Throughout the programme, trainees are assessed by their mentors and university tutors who will grade them at key points to help them understand how well they are progressing towards meeting the standards for QTS.  At the end of the programme, the trainee will have a final assessment.  

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Optional

In addition to the above assessment process for the recommendation for QTS, trainees who have opted for the PGCE award will be required to undertake further academic study and action research.  They will be required to submit three 4,000 word assignments, spread across the year, which will be assessed at Masters Level and gain them 60 Masters credits.  There will be additional taught days at university and tutorials to support trainees who choose the PGCE pathway.

There is also support for trainees on this route during the Trust Professional Studies Sessions.  Prior to the completion of each assessment, PGCE trainees will have a study day where staff will be present, to give further support and guidance. 

Following the award of QTS 

A high proportion of our trainees are offered a permanent role at their school or at a school within the Trust on successful completion of the programme. 


Primary teacher training posts are available at Westlands Primary School, Regis Manor Primary School, South Borough Primary School, Beaver Green Primary School, Istead Rise Primary School, Parkland Infant School and Parkland Junior School (known as The Parkland Federation), Shinewater Primary School and Hunton CE Primary School.

Secondary teacher training posts are available at Westlands School, The Sittingbourne School, Meopham School, Holmesdale School, Rainham Mark Grammar School, The North School, The Eastbourne Academy, Peacehaven Community School and The Whitstable School.


(All positions will be supported by Canterbury Christ Church University)

Salaried  Non-Salaried 
Mathematics Mathematics
English English
Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry
Physics Physics
History History
Geography Geography
Modern Foreign Languages (French) Modern Foreign Languages (French)
Computer Science Computer Science 
  Art and Design
  Religious Education
  Physical Education

East Sussex 

(Positions will be supported by either University of Sussex or University of Brighton, indicated below)

School Salaried / Non-Salaried  Subject University
The Parkland Federation  Salaried n/a Brighton
Shinewater Primary School Salaried n/a Brighton 
Peacehaven Community School  Non-Salaried Physics Brighton
  Non-Salaried  Modern Foreign Languages Brighton
  Non-Salaried Physical Education Brighton
  Non-Salaried English Sussex
  Non-Salaried Music Sussex
The Eastbourne Academy Non-Salaried Geography Sussex
  Non-Salaried History Sussex
  Non-Salaried Art and Design Brighton
  Salaried  Computing Brighton
  Salaried  Physics Brighton
  Salaried  Chemistry Brighton
  Salaried  Biology Brighton
  Salaried  Design Technology Brighton

Further details about available School Direct positions (2019-20) can be found on the UCAS website.