About the course
The training year commences at the beginning of the academic year through to middle of June the following year enabling you to take up employment from 1st July to schools that offer it.
This practical course comprises a mix of classroom-based teaching in a school to academic training on either generic "Professional Studies" lectures at a local KMT hub-training centre or "Subject Studies" training with the other Primary trainees at various locations across the partnership.
For the first two placements, you work in school for 4 days a week learning how to teach by leading lessons. Thursday is your academic day and in the afternoon you will attend either professional or subject studies sessions. When you return to you home school after Easter, you will be in school full time, for 5 days.
Your studies gradually build from observing teachers and lessons to working with your mentor in team planning and teaching until by the end of the course, you are teaching 60% of a full timetable. At all times, there will be the classroom teacher available to support you nearby.
You will gain experience of parents evenings, clubs and many other after school events that make up the life of a teacher.
The course focuses on the teaching and learning of KS3 and KS4 students and you will be assessed on your teaching of classes from these key stages. However, because of Kent and Medway’s unique education system you may also be given the opportunity to experience KS5 teaching.
Throughout the year, you will be building up a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your progress towards meeting the "Teaching Standards." Academic research is through the completion of Reflective, Practical Journals (RPJ) and these are spread across the academic year.
In addition, for those wishing to top up their qualification to PGCE, you will have other assignment to complete at various times through the year as published by the University of Leeds Beckett. This course is delivered through a distance-learning package and training will take place in your local hub- training centre.
To aid your development, you will have one formal lesson observation and one dedicated mentor meeting each week. This is where you sit with your school mentor, discuss your progress and make targets for the following week. Their work is enhanced further by KMT lead mentors and course directors who further oversee and support all aspects of your studies.
To be considered for interview, we need a completed UCAS application.
Once received, your application is sent to your chosen campus for their consideration.
If selected for interview, a date will be arranged where you will:
• visit the school,
• observe and participate in lessons,
• undertake a formal interview with the Subject/Key Stage Leader, the school's Professional Tutor and a representative from Kent and Medway Training.
• sit the KMT entrance tests in English.
The formal interview is approximately 50 minutes long.
You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation on what made a lesson that you have seen, good or not so good. Further questions are asked to ascertain your suitability for teaching.
You will be given a conditional offer only if all members of the panel agree to the placement. However, should you impress at interview but not be offered a place, you will be given the opportunity for your application to be considered by other partner schools without the need to sit a second formal interview.
How school placements work
All applicants have the opportunity at application, to apply for the school of their choice. If appointed, that school becomes the trainee's "home" school and is responsible for the majority of the training; subject to the course requirements and quality assurance of the accrediting provider, Kent and Medway Training. The training year is split into three placements:
• Placement A is at your home school and runs from the beginning of the academic year until the end of January. You are in school for four days a week. Thursdays are your KMT academic days where you will have either Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners or Subject Studies training, led by subject specialists.
• Placement B is at a contrasting school. For example, if your home school is a High School, you B-placement could be a Grammar School.
Where possible, your B-placement school will be discussed with you in advance and you will be placed in the local Medway or Maidstone area.
The placements runs from February to Easter where you continue to improve your teaching skills through teaching classes to school-led training sessions. Thursdays remain your KMT academic days where you continue with Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners or Subject Studies training, led by subject specialists.
• Placement A2 is back at your home school where you stay from Easter until the completion of your course in June. You will be in school for the full 5-day week. Professional and Subjects studies are finished with just one further evening session preparing you for your Newly Qualified Teacher year.
During this placement you will be finally assessed through both lesson observation 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 hub- centred Awards Evening.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The fee of £6950 is the cost for all trainees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only. This fee is payable by all non-salaried trainees but payable by the home school for salaried trainees.
For those wishing to "top up" their qualification to the full Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1800 will be payable to the University of Leeds Beckett who are our PGCE accredited body. This fee is payable by both salaried and non-salaried trainees.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £22,000
- a bursary of £20,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.
-An Honours degree of 2:2 or better preferably in the Subject specialist area in which you are to train.
-GCSE Maths pass of Grade C/ Level 4 or better.
-GCSE English pass of Grade C/ Level 4 or better.
-Skills Test pass in Numeracy.
-Skills Test pass in Literacy.
-For those with overseas qualifications, we will need to see confirmation from NARIC of your qualifications being the equivalent of UK degree and GCSEs.
• Strong and dedicated professionals
• Proactive and creative
• Open to feedback and guidance
• Passionate about developing pupil learning and well being
• Strong in their subject knowledge
• Positive in their communication skills
• Genuinely aiming to become an outstanding practitioner
• Enjoy working with children and young adults to enable them better
Before the course begins but not necessarily at application, you will need
• at least 10 experience days in a secondary school or academy
• at least 2 experience days in a primary school or academy
• DBS check
• Health check declaration
It is useful to attend a school experience day before application so that you can get a feel for the chosen school and what it can offer as a training placement.
About the training provider
Saint George's Church of England School is part of the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust and an OfSTED graded "Good with Outstanding Leadership" 11-18 Secondary School in Gravesend, Kent. An over-subscribed school, we have a long history of training teachers and a large number of our current teaching body were trained at the school. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, believing the Arts, sport and vocational subjects are as equally important as the traditional subjects. Saint George's is a christian school as opposed to a school for Christians where we pride ourselves on our diverse and welcoming community and school ethos of everyone being "All different, all equal". We work in partnership with a number of schools (there are 6 Primary Schools in the trust and we will be opening a Primary on our site in the next year) and, as a Lead School for KMT, send applications to 3 other Secondary schools in the area as well as the aforementioned Primary Schools. Our buildings are traditional but the teaching that happens within them is in line with the 21st century. We are a hub school for KAGAN strategies (a technique for collaborative learning) and were a pilot school for the Shanghai inspired maths mastery programme.
About the accredited body
Kent and Medway Training (http://www.kmtraining.org.uk/index.php/home), also known as KMT are our accredited provider and they work with 37 secondary schools and a large number of Primary school based in the 3 geographical areas of:
*West Kent (include schools in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Paddock Wood),
*Dartford and Gravesend (one school is in Eltham)
*Medway/Maidstone (with schools in Rochester, Strood, Chatham, Gillingham and Maidstone)
KMT runs the School Direct programme in conjunction with their training schools and has a long history of great success in training teachers in the South East.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from those with disabilities and regularly train and support students with dyslexia and mental health problems.
Our accreditation partners, Kent and Medway Training, offer support and help with passing the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests. They teach strategies for ensuing that Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar are accurate in, especially, work that is handed out to school pupils.
We have introduced a programme of support for those with mental health conditions and further advice as to where to gain specialist support should you need it.
We are proud of the support and guidance that we give to ensure that you are able to give of your best during your training year and we provide an environment in which you can feel comfortable in seeking support should you need it.
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