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 What is The Ashford Teaching Alliance (ATA)?

The Ashford Teaching Alliance has been formed by a group of schools from Ashford and Hythe. Our aim is to develop high quality staff training and development in order to give young people in our schools the opportunity to achieve to the best of their potential.

Brockhill Park Performing Arts College (BPPAC) is the Lead School for Initial Teacher Training and all applications are made to BPPAC via UCAS on behalf of all the schools in the Alliance.

Apply using this link   www.ucas.com/teacher-training

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a post graduate route into teaching.

School Direct and School Direct Salaried are school based routes for training with support from a University or training provider. The university based PGCE programme is still available. School Direct places are either salaried (SDS) or non- salaried (SD).

What is the difference?

SDS is for candidates with at least 3 years experience of a workplace after graduation, this does not have to be in education. In some hard to recruit subjects this can be waived for an exceptional candidate. SDS trainees will be paid a salary and will be expected to have their own timetabled lessons and are not supernumerary.

SD trainees will not receive a salary. This route is open to all graduates and will be funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. The trainee may be entitled to a student loan and, in some subjects, a bursary dependent on their degree classification. They will have a more supernumerary/supported role.

Both routes will have their training provided by the school and by the training provider.

The ATA works in partnership with Canterbury Christchurch University and Equalitas as their training providers.