Press Release

11 September 2013

Over 130 trainee teachers have just completed the first School Direct summer school at Canterbury Christ Church University.

School Direct is an initial teacher training (ITT) route, piloted last year and rolled out this year, partly as a replacement for the Graduate Teacher Programme. It offers the chance for high quality graduates to train in schools, working closely with ITT providers.

School Direct trainee teachers
School Direct trainee teachers

The summer school provided the students with the opportunities to develop their own personal subject knowledge, engage with a range of educational research, professional issues and approaches to learning and by developing close relationships with peers and tutors that will provide vital support during their training year.

David Bubb, Pathways Director for School Direct at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Christ Church is one of the largest and most diverse School Direct providers in the country. This gives us the flexibility to personalise our programmes to meet individual school and student teacher needs.   

“We have designed a range of programmes in partnership with the 47 School Direct consortia of schools that have chosen to work with us. Several of our school partners expressed interest in a summer school to prepare students before the start of their year of school-based training, which we have planned and implemented with them.

“We have been very impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of the student teachers throughout the summer school. They have worked extremely hard and we have seen an enormous development in a wide range of areas.

“They have all shown their potential and determination to become outstanding teachers.”

The student teachers will be supported by their lead and delivery schools and Canterbury Christ Church University for the entirety of their training year, after which they will gain their Qualified Teacher Status. Many will also achieve a PGCE qualification with credits towards a Masters Degree.

Notes to Editor

School Direct

School Direct is led by schools, working in close cooperation with ITE providers. Canterbury Christ Church University works in partnership with a large number of schools involved in this programme to validate and accredit their programmes.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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