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?
• 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 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 Sussex 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.
How school placements work
The majority of your training will take place at within the Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance. 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.
Our training is supported by the University of Sussex which has a long and successful tradition in teacher education in partnership with local schools.
Candidates on a salaried place with University of Sussex will be automatically registered on the Sussex PGCE. This qualification offers up to 90 Master credits and enables progression onto a part-time MEd as an early career teacher and is equivalent to half a Sussex Master’s degree.
On the salaried route you will be working in school as an unqualified teacher alongside studying and are likely to have a more extensive teaching timetable from earlier on in the programme than either School Direct (Tuition fee) or Traditional PGCE trainees. As a salaried trainee you will receive the same high quality level of training and support from the University of Sussex as would a traditional Sussex PGCE candidate, in addition to the many benefits of undertaking a school–based model of training with our strong partnership of schools.
University of Sussex tutors work with us to provide high quality inputs on how to teach and assess your chosen secondary subject or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of Professional Studies which complements the school-based training offered across our partnership.
The course begins in September with an intensive 3 week University Induction course when you will attend both Sussex University and your main school on specified days.
The salary will be based on the unqualified Teacher pay scale.
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.
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.
At least 3 years recent full-time (or equivalent) work experience.
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 Sussex’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 body
Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance (VITSA) works with the University of Sussex as the registered training provider for the School Direct programme. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both the Trust and also from the university.
Our training is supported by the University of Sussex which has a long and successful tradition in teacher education in partnership with local schools. The University of Sussex Initial Teacher Training (ITE) Partnership’s most recent quality outcomes relating to the School Direct and PGCE.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are an Inclusive Teaching School Alliance, and recruit our trainees on their individual merit.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Invicta Grammar School
Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5DS
Valley Park School
Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5DT
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