Welcome

Welcome to Swale Academies Trust School Direct

Westlands School is the Lead School for a partnership comprised of secondary schools and primary schools, all working in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University to recruit and train teachers on the School Direct Programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

School Direct is a school based route into teaching.  As a School Direct trainee training with us and our ITT provider, trainees will learn alongside highly skilled and passionate teachers.

Train to become a successful, confident and effective teacher, equipped to teach across a variety of age and ability ranges.  As a School Direct trainee you will gain teaching experience in one of our Trust or partner schools as an unqualified teacher.

We have a long history of teacher training within the Trust and have developed a rigorous and robust training programme.  This consists of a combination of practical and theoretical elements delivered by a dedicated team at the Trust Training Centre.

If you are completely new to the profession with no classroom experience, you will be supernumerary and will develop your practice at your own rate.  This is very much a bespoke programme, tailored to the individual.

Successful School Direct trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

We are recognised for our high quality School Direct training. Numerous past trainees have developed into highly successful teachers are testimony to the success of our programme. 

We warmly invite you to join the School Direct Programme with Swale Academies Trust.