Primary with Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: University of Greenwich

Course offered
QTS full time with salary
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.VITSA.org.uk

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 Primary phase. Applicants for this programme will focus on children aged 5 - 11 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

Interview process

Application

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 Greenwich 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.

How school placements work

School Based Training

The majority of your training will take place within the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance with one of the Valley Invicta Primary Schools. 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.

University

We are working with the University of Greenwich 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 Greenwich will provide library services, student services, and other support needed, matched to the candidates requirements.

Duration

The Primary Salaried QTS programme is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years postgraduate work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train. The programme runs for one year.

Qualifications awarded

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).

Salary

Salary will be based on the unqualified Teacher pay scale.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

Requirements

Qualifications

Degree

Candidates must have a good honours degree (2:2 or above)

GCSE

English, Maths and Science 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.

Work Experience

At least 3 years recent full-time (or equivalent) work experience.

Skills Tests

You must have passed both the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests before the training programme begins.

Personal qualities

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

Other requirements

Commitment to promote equal opportunities in line with the University of Greenwich’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.

About the accredited provider

Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance (VITSA) works with the University of Greenwich as the registered training provider for the School Direct programme. The university, which has been rated outstanding by Ofsted, has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. There will be opportunities to have pedagogical and professional training sessions at the University.

Additionally, the University of Greenwich will provide library services, student services, and other support needed, matched to the candidates requirements.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an Inclusive Teaching School Alliance, and recruit our trainees on their individual merit.

Contact details

Email
a.donovan@viat.org.uk
Telephone
01622 357028
Website
http://www.VITSA.org.uk
Address
VISTA
c/o Invicta Grammar School
Huntsman Lane, Maidstone
Kent
ME14 5DS

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1CU
  • Training programme code: 37YY

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
K Kings Hill Primary School Crispin Way, Kings Hill, Kent ME19 4LS
N Sandling Primary School Sandling Primary School, Ashburnham Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone ME14 2JG
2 Valley Invicta Primary at Holborough Lakes Pollyfield Close, Snodland, Kent ME6 5GR
3 Valley Invicta Primary at Leyborne Chase Derby Drive, Leybourne Chase, West Malling, Kent ME19 5FF
1 Valley Invicta Primary at Kings Hill Warwick Way off Tower View,, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4AL

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