About the course
Over an academic year, student teachers will train on the job in classrooms, from day one. 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 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. The remaining half day a week will be for professional development through weekly training sessions, facilitated by Teach Kent and Sussex at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. These sessions will cover the full range of pedagogy required to teach in a primary setting. Click here for more information.
All Trainees will be based in a class in their assigned school for the entire year, except during a six-week 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 Mentor. Click here for 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.
Trainees have the opportunity to select from either a QTS or PGCE with QTS route. The PGCE route is the more academic option and essential if trainees wish to teach abroad. We offer this through the University of Sussex. Click here to find out more.
We are now offering the course part-time (over two academic years) as well as full-time (in one academic year).
Please feel free to contact us at traintoteach if you would like to discuss either the PGCE component or part-time option.
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.
As part of our selection process you will need to:
- Give a short presentation about how you have helped a small group of children or adults learn something
- Prepare for a formal interview in which you will be asked about why you wish to teach and how you can show you have the capacity, personal characteristics and qualifications to do so.
- Complete a written task and a short Maths test, for which no preparation is required.
- Complete our safe recruitment checklist and provide appropriate certificates (e.g. your degree certificate).
How school placements work
The candidate's school will be carefully selected 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 or the surrounding area.
Trainees 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.
Part-Time Course Arrangements:
The part-time course has a more flexible approach to school placements. For the duration of the two-year course, trainees will spend the equivalent of two days within their placement school. This could be four half days, two full days or a combination of both full and half days. Preferences will be explored as part of the interview process, and the pattern ultimately agreed with the main placement school. The contrasting placement will take place over two short terms on the part-time course.
Additionally, part-time trainees will be required to attend Professional Development sessions every Wednesday afternoon for the entire duration of the course. During the first year, these focus on teaching pedagogy, skills and current aspects of education, followed by the PGCE
sessions in year two. The Wednesday afternoon sessions are immovable and a flexible approach cannot be taken with them. Therefore all candidates interested in the part-time course must be available on a Wednesday afternoon for the full two years.
Trainees will also need to attend twilight subject tutor sessions during the two years. These typically take place twice a short term and might involve trainees attending the sessions on a day they would not normally be at their placement school.
Please contact us at traintoteach if you would like to further discuss the arrangements for the part-time course.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The course fees for the QTS-only option are currently £6,660 in (2018/19). The 2019-20 QTS-only fees have not yet been confirmed.
The part time course fees will be £4,875 per year, and therefore £9750 over the two years.
Please visit Get Into Teaching for further information.
Fees are paid in three installments during the course of the year.
A standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science and a UK Undergraduate Degree.
We will consider all candidates on their own merits. Please contact us before applying if your qualifications do not meet the criteria above.
If you studied outside of the UK, visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to the above qualifications.
Prior experience in an education/teaching setting is not required but desirable, as you will gain valuable skills and an idea of what a commitment to the teaching profession entails.
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.
Teach Kent & Sussex and our partner schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment.
To that end, offers to train with us are made on condition of:
- Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or equivalent
- Satisfactory clearance of Prohibited Teachers check
- Satisfactory clearance of Children’s Barred checklist
- Satisfactory pre-employment health clearance
- Identify check and verification of entitlement to work in the UK
- Receipt of two satisfactory references.
About the training provider
Claremont Primary School is the lead primary school for the SCITT and we work in partnership with Teach Kent and Sussex.
Claremont Primary School is 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 six Specialist Leaders of Education on staff in the areas of School Business Management, SEN, English and Assessment, PE and Early Years.
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'.
By applying through us, you will train in any one of Teach Kent and Sussex's partner schools.
About the accredited body
Teach Kent & Sussex is dedicated to developing world-class teaching and 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
We wish to ensure that every candidate can show their potential to become a great teacher. We work closely with candidates who declare a disability or additional need to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made at interview to ensure that all candidates have an equal chance to show their potential to teach.
If offered a place to train to teach, we will agree with you an independent support plan which is reviewed on a termly or more frequent basis if necessary. This helps to ensure that our provision is the best it can be. Such reviews have shown to be helpful and effective in the past and are an essential part of our provision.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Banner Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5EB
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