A career in teaching?

Have you considered a career in teaching?

Would you like to receive up to £26k while you train and be the most important influence on a young person’s life?

The Dover Deal Sandwich Partnership will help you to realise this ambition.

On the job teacher training

School Direct is a training programme for both graduates and career changers, where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one. It gives the trainee the chance to work and learn alongside teachers within the full time setting of a school. It is a popular choice for those training to be a teacher who hope to secure a teaching post in the network of schools where they are training.

School Direct courses within the DDS Partnership are designed in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher. We are part of a growing number of schools leading the way for more school-led teacher training. This is really important to us because it means we can choose the very best talent and develop them into teachers. Being able to choose who we train as teachers helps us to deliver the best outcomes for the students.

School Direct courses last a year and all result in QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) with an option of a PGCE award which can lead to Masters level credits.

What will I learn?

By the end of your training course you will:

  • Set high standards which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  • Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  • Plan and teach well-structured lessons
  • Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  • Make accurate and productive use of assessment
  • Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

What does a teacher training course at the Dover, Deal and Sandwich Partnership involve?

  • You will be based at the school of your choice
  • A classroom experience at two contrasting schools within the Partnership
  • Support from fully trained mentors and experienced teachers
  • A fully comprehensive and up to date curriculum studies and professional studies programme enabling you to meet regularly with other Partnership student teachers
  • Access to a range of teaching styles and methodology
  • Continued support to achieve QTS

Why DDS?

The Dover, Deal and Sandwich Partnership is a group of like-minded schools that work together for the good of the students in our community. We believe in giving our young people access to first class teachers and, collectively, are committed to investing in the teachers of the future.

We have vacancies now to start training from September and we would be very interested to hear from you if you are thinking of becoming a teacher, or know someone who is. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, have a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential.

We’d love you to come in and have a chat with us about the exciting teacher training opportunities available. Our contact details are below for you to arrange a date and time. We can also provide you with support and guidance on your application form and offer you school experience if you just want a taster of what teaching could be like.

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Training options in the DDS Partnership

School Direct Salaried

This is open to graduates with three or more years work experience. Trainees are based at a school and earn a salary; the school covers the cost of your training to achieve QTS and trainees may continue teaching in their school following training.

School Direct Non-salaried

With tax-free funding available while you train to teach, it’s a great time to think about joining the profession. Different subjects attract varying levels of funding – use the links on our website to see what support you could receive when you train to teach the subject you love.

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

Remember, if your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training.