The Graduate Secondary Teaching Scheme (GSTS)

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 Graduate Secondary Teaching 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 (  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

Further information

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