The Confederation for the Education of South East Teachers (CESET) is a joint venture between six initial teacher training providers, who are working together to promote teaching in the region.

Our aim is to combine our wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to provide you with the information, tools and resources to help you choose the best route to become a teacher.

Amongst these pages you can search for a school in which to gain experience, view details about the application process and hear from current student teachers in a range of videos.

Teaching is a rewarding profession, whether you have always wanted to teach and haven’t had the opportunity to take it further or are looking to change your career. The South East offers an exciting range of teaching career opportunities from main stream primary and secondary schools to special educational needs provision.

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Our Vision

Moral purpose

Members of the Confederation for the Education of South East Teachers (CESET) are committed to work together to promote teaching as an attractive profession in South East England. Together we have a common interest in:

  • improving the recruitment and retention of teachers in schools in the region
  • improving teaching and learning in schools in the region
  • ensuring that, in particular, pupils and schools disadvantaged by social deprivation benefit from their combined actions.

The areas covered by the project present a range of challenges in social mobility and in teacher recruitment and supply. We aim to ensure that all schools in the region are able to engage with the training and development of new teachers, and for there to have been an increase in the employment and subsequent retention of NQTs in those schools.

Our Mission


The aims of CESET are to promote teaching in South East England by working innovatively and collaboratively to:

  • improve the recruitment of trainee teachers to the region, especially in shortage subjects
  • improve the retention of trainee teachers and qualified teachers in the region
  • improve the efficiency and effectiveness of initial teacher training in the region ensuring its long-term viability and sustainability
  • improve the supply of teachers to, and retention of teachers in, the regional schools serving pupils and communities disadvantaged by social deprivation
  • improve teaching, learning and outcomes for all pupils in the region by ensuring the supply and retention of outstanding, effectively trained and highly motivated staff.

Our Partners

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Kent and Medway Training (KMT)

Within the School Direct routes, we offer (Qualified Teacher Status) QTS but can also provide trainees with the opportunity to gain a Level 7 PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) qualification. This is a distance learning PGCE, completed online.


TKAT (The Kemnal Academies Trust) SCITT

We offer a high-quality teacher training programme (primary 5-11 and secondary 11-16) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a PGCE.


Teach Kent and Sussex

Teach Kent & Sussex currently trains teachers across the counties of East Sussex and Kent. Our partner schools catchment areas are as far south as Hastings and Lewes in East Sussex and within Kent extends north to just beyond Sevenoaks and in the east to Maidstone.


East Sussex Teacher Training Partnership

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is a great way to have your training supported by experienced teachers. Training includes tutorials and seminars that cover the same material as university or college-based courses.