Why train to be a teacher with CST?

We train all of our staff to very high standards.

All of our training is based on evidence of what works, not what the latest fad in education says we should do. Our training is based on the explicit direct instruction (EDI) model.

We work closely with the Teaching Apprentice Programme (TAP) allowing new trainees to learn on the job. We train over 40 new teachers a year through this fully funded route. Many of these successful trainees are now permanently employed in the trust.

We train our staff exceptionally well. In fact, working at CST will make it easier for you to get a job elsewhere. Not that we want staff to leave, but if they do, it is nearly always because they have secured a promotion.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training

We have partnered with the Boleyn Trust as the secondary delivery partner for the region's London District East Teaching School Hub (TSH). This is also in conjunction with Ambition Institute on the Early Career Framework. In fact, one of our leaders is a Visiting Fellow of Ambition Institute responsible for the early careers teachers across the Trust.

Since September 2022 we have 7 trainee teachers as part of the local TSH - London District East SCITT. This is a very exciting opportunity that will enable us to develop even more outstanding early career teachers.

Our programmes:

School Direct Tuition Fee Programme (QTS) 

  • Computing - (course code N335)

  • Geography - (course code W276)

  • Mathematics - (course code D702)

  • Design Technology - (course code Q461)

School Direct PGCE Programme (QTS) with the University of East London

  • Physics- (course code N313)

  • Chemistry - (course code R909)

If you would like to apply for one of our programmes, please apply via the DfE Apply website.