Fully funded postgraduate course and teacher training opportunity

Are you interested in a fully funded traineeship to become a secondary school teacher?
Do you also want to continue a fully funded postgraduate course at Kent whilst undertaking teacher training?

If so, you may wish to consider The Graduate Secondary Teaching Scheme (GSTS).  Running since 2005, the GSTS offers exceptional Kent graduates a fully funded stipend-based opportunity to train as a secondary school teacher (part-time) in one of the University of Kent Academies Trust (UKAT) schools, whilst working towards a part-time fully funded postgraduate qualification at Kent.

The scheme offers the following significant benefits:

  • A guaranteed income of £15,500 per annum, each year of the scheme (three years for Masters, 5 years for PhD), rising once qualified, plus an annual travel allowance
  • Remission of postgraduate fees
  • Payment of £7200 teacher training fees
  • A guaranteed school placement for 3-5 years, including QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) and, if successful, the FQT (Fully Qualified Teacher) year.
  • The ongoing support of Kent staff

From September 2021, successful applicants will join a diverse and supportive community of current Kent students and alumni, teaching in the UKAT schools.

Who should apply?

All applications will be considered from applicants wishing to teach a shortage secondary subject, in the following areas: Chemistry, Computing, Maths, Physics, Biology (please see NCTL bursary subjects at the following link: Financial support for teacher training (education.gov.uk).  The teaching subject you train in must relate to a pre-held undergraduate or postgraduate degree subject (i.e., to be an English teacher, you should have an English/Creative Writing degree).

How to apply

In the first instance, all enquiries should be sent to Rebecca Spink at r.spink@kent.ac.uk.

Further information

For further information, please visit Graduate Secondary Teaching Scheme – Outreach and adult learning – University of Kent