About the course
The training year commences in very late August whereby you attend a three-day induction programme run by Kent & Medway Training. During these three days, you learn the basics including how to plan a lesson, behaviour management strategies, safe-guarding, and go through your online portfolio. You then join your home school for additional induction days which allows you to settle in before the students arrive back for the new year. The course is full-time i.e Monday-Friday, and runs through to late June/early July the following year. You then see the final few weeks of the summer term out with your home school and celebrate your successes before breaking up for the school holidays.
This practical element of the course comprises a mix of classroom-based training with subject mentor support, to academic training where you will be working with experienced professionals on both broader "Professional Studies" lectures at a local KMT hub training centre and more detailed "Subject Studies" training with the other trainees training in the same subject/key stage as you at various locations across the partnership.
All trainees complete two placements during the year in contrasting schools to give variety in your teaching experience. You will have at least one formal lesson observation a fortnight and one mentor meeting each week where you sit with your mentor, discuss your progress and make targets for the following week. You will be expected to attend all school events such as parents’ evenings, after-school clubs, whole school and dedicated trainee training sessions and any other school activity as required.
Over the year, you will be building up a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your progress towards meeting the National Teaching Standards. There are 7 Reflective Professional Journals to complete; three of which involve research and an essay, each totalling 1500 words. Deadlines are published well in advance for the RPJs to ensure you can manage your workload.
For those completing their PGCE, there are additional assignments set at various times through the year.
Throughout the year there will be a number of networking events held to provide you with even more support, and we have a Graduation Event at the end of the year to celebrate your huge achievements.
The interview will be held in the potential ‘home-school’
The opportunity to observe and participate in lessons, and deliver part of a lesson for 30 minutes (all information is provided well in advance so that you can prepare)
Attend a formal interview with the subject mentor, the academy's Professional Tutor, representatives from Kent and Medway Training and Medway Teaching School Alliance. The interview lasts 1 hour
Complete the KMT entrance tests in your chosen subject area and English (these are provided on the day and need no prior planning)
On the basis that all panel members see great potential in you, you will be made a conditional offer verbally and electronically via UCAS.
Please rest assured that the interview process is not designed to cause stress or anxiety – rather we want to make you feel comfortable so that you can perform at your very best. Remember, we are assessing you as a candidate who has the potential to train to teach… we are not expecting to see the finished article.
How school placements work
All trainees complete two placements during the year;
Placement A: This is the longest placement spanning nearly the whole academic year whereby you are based at your ‘home school’. You are in your school for four and a half days a week. Thursday afternoon is your KMT academic time where you will have either Professional Studies or Subject Studies training, led by experienced practitioners or subject specialists. As you are employed by the school, you will be given a 60% solo teaching timetable from day one. You' have your own form group and will be undertaking all duties as a paid teacher of the school.
Placement B: You will be based at a different school for up to 4 weeks, typically around February time, which is considered to be a ’contrast placement’ i.e if your placement A is within a comprehensive school, it’s likely that you’ll be based at a grammar school for placement B, and vice versa. The teaching load remains at 60% and during this time there is a mixture of solo teaching, observations, team-teaching activities, etc. At all times, there will be a classroom teacher available to support you. You then return to your home school to complete the course. Where possible, your B-placement school will be discussed with you in advance and you will be placed in the local area.
Placement A(2) is back at your home school where you remain until the end of the academic year. At this point, you’ll be in school for the full 5 days of the week. Professional and Subjects Studies are finished with just one further evening session preparing you for your NQT year.
During your placements and duration of the course, you will be assessed through both lesson observations and your completed portfolio to ensure that you have met the Teaching Standards in full. Our grades are then externally moderated and assuming all goes well, your Newly Qualified Teacher status is confirmed and celebrated at a local Awards Evening.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The cost of gaining QTS only is £7,100 which is payable (via different payment schemes) to Kent and Medway Training. Should you wish to top up your qualification to the full Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) you will be responsible for the additional fee of £1,800 to Leeds Beckett University.
Depending on your subject choice and qualification, you may be eligible to receive a tax-free bursary.
Depending on your eligibility, Student Finance offers support to cover the fees by way of a repayable loan.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support for 2020/21 will be announced soon.
Depending on your eligibility, you can use support from Student Finance to cover the cost of the PGCE top-up course.
- An Honours degree of 2:2 or higher, which should be at least 50% linked to the subject area in which you wish to train. Please contact Medway Teaching School Alliance for guidance on this, or if you have a third class degree
- GCSE Maths, level 4/grade C or higher
- GCSE English, level 4/grade C or higher
*For those with overseas qualifications, we will need to see confirmation from NARIC of your qualifications being the equivalent of UK degree and GCSEs
If you answer 'yes' to the following statements, you have the soft-skills that we are seeking;
- I am seeking a career that promotes creative thinking
- I enjoy working with children/young adults and have a passion to improve their lives
- I am patient with a calm demeanour
- I can multi-task when in a distracting environment
- I am open-minded and adaptable
- I strive to find solutions when faced with a problem
- I am a confident public speaker
- I have a genuine passion for my subject
- I have excellent time management and organisational skills
Medway Teaching School Alliance is committed to safeguarding children and successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.
For a salaried teacher training place, you will also need to evidence a minimum of 3 years' work experience to be eligible for this route.
About the training provider
The MTSA are looking for ambitious and inspiration trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about learning. We will offer a challenging, creative and rigorous training programme led by a team of experienced teachers and school leaders.
For 2018/19 we achieved 97% completed the programme, with 68% achieving Grade 1 (Outstanding Teacher) and 23% Grade 2. 72% of these trainee teachers remained in Medway Schools for their NQT year, of which 50% remained at their training schools. 10% gained NQT places in Kent Schools and 3% in East Sussex Schools.
MTSA is a forward thinking group of 100+ schools who are committed to developing excellent teachers. We are experienced providers of initial teacher training, having been at the forefront of School Direct since its inception, as well as hosting extensive PGCE placements. The schools within the Alliance span the early years, primary, secondary, post-16 and special needs sectors. This wide diversity enables MTSA to offer a rich experience for all trainees who share in the expertise of experienced teachers working in a range of settings and contexts. Our staff are inspirational, knowledgeable and have a proven track record in developing, challenging and supporting trainee teachers. Together we are excited by the creativity and enjoyment of teaching and the impact that quality teaching has on the progress and achievement of young people.
The MTSA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
About the accredited body
MTSA also work closely with Kent & Medway Training (KMT) to facilitate the accreditation of certain subjects.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As our core values are built around our conviction that every one deserves to be given access to outstanding professional development to enable them to model and lead quality teaching, we work alongside candidates with disabilities and other needs.
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Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School
Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 3EL
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