Geography with Saint George's Church of England School Accredited provider: Kent and Medway Training

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

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

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

About the course

The training year is from school term through to end of June the following year although you will contracted at the school for the remaining full academic year.

This practical course comprises a mix of classroom-based training with subject mentor support, to academic training where you will be working with experienced professionals on either generic "Professional Studies" lectures at a local KMT Hub training centre or "Subject Studies" training with the other English trainees at various locations across the partnership.

A-placement:- As you are employed by the school, you will be given a 60% solo teaching timetable from day one. You may have your own form group and you will be undertaking all duties as a paid teacher of the school. Please be aware that mentors are likely to be teaching their own classes while you are teaching and that immediate support is often less likely to be accessible.

B-placement:- the teaching load remains at 60%. The duration of the placement is no longer than four weeks. During this time, you can expect to follow a non-salaried course structure. You will quickly build to 60% solo teaching commitment through observation, team-teaching activities before going solo. At all times, there will be a classroom teacher available to support you.

A2 placement:- you return to your home school for the full five days and continue with your timetable. There is one Thursday KMT twilight session that prepares you for your NQT year and the Awards Evening.

You will have at least, one formal lesson observation a fortnight and one 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 Teaching Standards. There are also 7 Reflective, Practical Journals (RPJ) to complete of which 3 involve research and an essay; each totaling 1500 words.

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.

Interview process

To be considered for interview, we need a completed UCAS application.

Once received, your application is sent to your chosen campus for their consideration.

PLEASE NOTE: At application you will need to demonstrate significant school experience that prepares you thoroughly for teaching classes with minimal support and that meets the government eligibility criteria concerning three year full-time work experience.

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 Leader, the school's Professional Tutor and a representative from Kent and Medway Training.

• sit the KMT entrance tests in English.

PLEASE NOTE: You may be asked to teach a lesson or part lesson at interview.

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 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.

• Placement B is 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 area.

The placements runs from February for four weeks. Thursdays remain your KMT academic afternoon where you will have either Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners or Subject Studies training, led by subject specialists. During this placement you can expect to observe teachers, gradually taking over the class teacher's lessons to a 60% timetable. The class teacher will be in attendance for additional support and guidance.

• Placement A2 is back at your home school where you remain from Easter beyond the completion of your course in June to the end of the academic year. 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 NQT 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.

Salary

The salary is normally at the "unqualified teacher" point 1 on the salary scale although this may be negotiable to fall in line with current bursary payments available for non-salaried trainees.

The home school that employs you will pay for your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course only. Should you wish to top up your qualification to the full Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) you will be responsible for those extra fees of £1800

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.

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

-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.

Personal qualities

• Strong and dedicated professionals

• Resilient

• 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

life opportunities

Other requirements

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 provider

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.

Contact details

Email
SHIBLIN@sgsce.co.uk
Telephone
01474533082
Website
http://www.saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk
Address
Meadow Rd
Gravesend
Kent
DA11 7LS

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: 295
  • Training programme code: 3CSS

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 Meadow Rd, Gravesend, Kent DA11 7LS

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