About the course
Over the course of an academic year, student teachers will train on the job in classrooms, from day one. Trainees will spend four and a half days in school carrying out a range of professional activities, including observing other teachers (including subject specialists), team-teaching and solo-teaching.
All Trainees will be based in a class in their assigned school for the entire year, except during a second school placement (which occurs halfway through the year). Trainees will be fully supported throughout the year by an assigned Mentor, an experienced teacher who will themselves be trained and supported by Teach Kent and Sussex. Trainees will benefit from weekly meetings, regular observations with constructive feedback, planning guidance and on-the-job advice, all provided by their assigned Mentor.
The course is designed to ease Trainees into gradually taking on the full responsibilities of a class teacher, including a sizeable teaching workload by Easter. Training in school is supported and enhanced by academic study and independent research. Trainees will also attend weekly training sessions facilitated by Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (also based in Tunbridge Wells). These sessions will cover the full range of pedagogy required to teach in a primary setting.
Trainees will have the opportunity to select from either a QTS or PGCE route. The PGCE route is the more academic option and essential if trainees wish to teach abroad. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Trainees will be regularly assessed against the Teaching Standards through a combination of informal and formal observations by their assigned Mentor and other senior members of staff. All Trainees will need to be observed teaching in four separate year groups. They will also be required to gather evidence in support of the Teaching Standards, which will inform three formal assessments at the end of each long term. Those who select the PGCE route will also be required to complete university assignments.
We are now offering the course part time (over two academic years) as well as full time (over one academic year). Please email Traintoteach (see Contact Details below) for more information.
Once an application is live on UCAS, it will be assessed for suitability by the Senior Mentors. If an applicant is considered suitable, they will be invited to an interview in or around Tunbridge Wells.
All applicants will be required to take English and Maths tests. Successful applicants will be required to sit the Professional Skills Test for Teachers in English and Mathematics, undergo a full DBS check and complete a medical survey.
How school placements work
The candidate's school will be carefully selected in order to meet the needs of both the candidate and the schools within the network. All schools used for teacher training have been graded Good by Ofsted, and many are Outstanding. All schools used are within Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area.
Candidates will have one placement at their base school (which will cover the teaching of three year groups) and one short term placement (lasting about six weeks) in a contrasting school. All Trainees are required to gain experience and be assessed in four year groups and both primary key stages.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The course fees for the PGCE with QTS option are currently £9,000 (in 2018/19) and we anticipate they will rise to £9,250 for 2019/20.
The course fees for the QTS only option are currently £6,660 in (2018/19).
Fees will be finalised by the end of the academic year in July.
Please visit Get Into Teaching for further information.
A UK Undergraduate Degree.
A standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science.
If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an Undergraduate Degree.
We are looking for people who are ambitious, determined and willing to work hard to make a difference to the lives of young people. You will need to be prepared to go the extra mile to secure academic progress for every child whilst playing a role in shaping their resilience and character. You will need to be committed to sharing our vision that great teaching transforms the life opportunities of all students.
You will need a high standard of literacy, numeracy and personal presentation. At interview candidates will need to discuss their reflections on school visits and/or school-based work experience.
All candidates for teacher training are required to pass the ITT professional skills tests before starting teacher training.
Teach Kent & Sussex and all of our partner schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. All teacher training posts are subject to a satisfactory medical clearance, satisfactory references and a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance.
About the training provider
Claremont Primary School is an Outstanding school which has been designated as a Teaching School and National Support School. The school is the lead school for Altius Teaching School Alliance. The headteacher, Mrs. Crockett, is a National Leader of Education and there are also 6 Specialist Leaders of Education on staff in the areas of School Business Management, SEN, English and Assessment, PE and Early Years.
We are a thriving and popular two-form entry primary school in Tunbridge Wells. We have high expectations in all areas of life and are proud of our academic successes, and County and National successes in sports and chess. We offer an exciting and innovative curriculum. However, the children of Claremont are at the heart of all we do and all the decisions we make. We are proud of our well-behaved and polite children with their very positive attitudes to learning and their school community. We actively promote our core values: Determination with Self-belief, Respect and Kindness, Joy in Well-being and Imagination through Curiosity.
As a Trainee Teacher, you will benefit from being part of a teaching and learning community that prides itself on being 'A hub of educational excellence and innovation, supporting and valuing everyone'.
About the accredited body
Teach Kent & Sussex is dedicated to developing world class teaching. We are passionate about providing training for teachers that transforms the opportunities young people have. Teachers who have been inspired by high quality initial teacher training and professional development will inspire our students with their expert knowledge on how children can flourish. Nothing else is as important.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
At Claremont, we pride ourselves on our inclusivity. As we operate within a broad spectrum of primary schools, we would look to accommodate the needs of all students within the network. We have experience with training teachers who have varying degrees of Dyslexia and we are in the process of acquiring accreditation as a Dyslexia-friendly institution.
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Banner Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5EB
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