Primary with Claremont Primary School Accredited provider: Teach Kent & Sussex

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

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
https://claremont.kent.sch.uk/

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.

Trainees going through the salaried route are expected to take on a greater amount of solo teaching much earlier in the course, and will need to be willing and able to teach lessons within the first fortnight of the academic year. Expectations of salaried trainees are also higher, and as a result, a significant amount of relevant experience is required.

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.

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.

Interview process

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 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 week) in a contrasting school. All Trainees are required to gain experience and be assessed in four year groups and both primary key stages.

Salary

The salary for the year of employment will be on the Unqualified Teachers' Pay Scale, currently from £17,208 (in 2018/19).

There are no tuition fees for Trainees going through the salaried route.

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

A UK Undergraduate Degree.

A standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics.

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.

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

All candidates for teacher training also need to pass literacy and numeracy 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 DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) enhanced check.

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 provider

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. Click here to read more -

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.

Contact details

Email
admin@claremont.kent.sch.uk
Telephone
01892 531395
Website
https://claremont.kent.sch.uk/
Address
Banner Farm Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN2 5EB

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: 1TP
  • Training programme code: 36QT

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
- Main Site Banner Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5EB

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