About the course
Why apply for this programme?
• Do you have a desire to make a positive impact on a child’s life opportunities?
• Do you have the ability to motivate and engage children?
• Do you want to acquire a deep understanding of how children learn and of the primary curriculum?
• Are you committed to continuous self-improvement?
By studying this employment based programme, you will become a confident, competent and effective teacher with the skills and knowledge to teach within the secondary phase. Applicants for this programme will focus on children aged 11-18 years old.
We can offer:
- Access to excellent practice in teaching and learning
- Access to a diverse range of school settings
- Excellent support from trained and experienced mentors
All application forms will be vetted for the following:
1) Applicant meets the academic entry criteria
2) Applicant has written a strong personal statement
3) Applicant has been given a strong reference. This should be an academic reference if the applicant has been in education within the last five years.
The Selection Process
Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance and the University of Brighton work together to interview applicants. In order for your application to be considered you should complete a full application and consider your personal statement as being an important part of this process. If you are shortlisted you will be asked to complete written tasks and attend a formal interview.
All applications will be reviewed and then successful applicants shortlisted.
If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview at the school, during the interview you can expect:
A tour of the school
A teaching task
A formal interview
A subject knowledge related task
Your application will also need to be approved by the relevant University either through the school or during a formal visit to the University. This part of the interview will involve literacy and numeracy tasks to assess your levels.
You will need to have completed and passed the skills tests in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT before starting your training post. Offers are made subject to this condition unless you have already passed the skills tests prior to interview.
How school placements work
School Based Training
The majority of your training will take place within the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance with Aylesford School. The training programme will be personalised to the individual's professional needs but will include training on the following areas: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community. All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers’ Standards.
Candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced outstanding teachers. Support and mentorship will be given by senior teachers.
Although candidates will have a base school, there will be lots of opportunities for cross-school training and will include teaching experience within another school in the Trust.
We are working with the University of Brighton as an accredited teacher training provider. There will be opportunities to have pedagogical and professional training sessions at the University. The University will support the school in the application and interview process.
Additionally, the University of Brighton will provide library services, student services, and other support needed, matched to the candidates requirements
The Secondary Tuition Fee QTS programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee who will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where eligible. The programme runs for one year.
Further details regarding the University of Brighton’s course can be found at: (https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx)
You will be assessed on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio. Successful completion will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Please note the above tuition fee is based on a School Direct 1 year training programme for 2018 -2019.
You’ll get a bursary of £15,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
The Secondary Tuition Fee QTS programme is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee who will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where eligible. The programme runs for one year. (https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/school-direct-tuition-and-school-direct-salaried.aspx)
Candidates must have a good honours degree (2:2 or above)
English and Maths GCSE or equivalent: Grade C or above
You must have received the results from these qualifications before applying and any equivalent qualifications should be certified by NARIC.
Ideally you will have some work experience
You must have passed both the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests before the training programme begins.
We are looking for someone who:
- has good organisational skills
- has excellent time keeping
- is approachable, empathetic and enthusiastic
- has the ability to be decisive, consistent and to set priorities
- is an effective communicator (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences
- has the ability to develop good relationships within a team and ability to be a supportive team player
- has a commitment to personal professional development
- has the ability to relate well to all involved in school life, showing sensitivity, consideration but also a sense of humour when needed
Commitment to promote equal opportunities in line with the University of Brighton’s and the relevant Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance school’s equal opportunity policies.
- Commitment to the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance Mission Statement, promoting the aims positively
- A willingness to work throughout the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance
- An understanding of Health and Safety issues
- Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children.
About the training provider
VITSA – Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance is a Teaching School Alliance dedicated to providing a 'world class' experience for all students within all our Alliance schools. We work in partnership with a number of universities: Brighton, Sussex, Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich, all of whom are recognised as centres of excellence for teacher education and development, their initial teacher education programmes have been Ofsted rated Good or Outstanding, and are considered to be among the best in the country.
VITSA provides excellent opportunities for career development and progression, by using the characteristics of world class education systems, encouraging peer led innovation and developing system leaders. Represented within the Alliance schools from the primary, cross phase special and secondary sectors including the independent sector, where many are Ofsted rated Outstanding. We are also a National Teaching School Alliance, accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
As a result of this strong foundation we are a group of schools with a genuine commitment to working together to deliver the very best training for potential future teachers. We can offer you a diverse range of experiences that will build your skills as a teacher and boost your career potential in the future. What all of the schools share, regardless of phase or specialism, is the vision, passion and expertise to support you through your new career.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are an Inclusive Teaching School Alliance, and recruit our trainees on their individual merit.
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|Aylesford Sports College
||Teapot Lane, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7JU
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