About the course
Our well-established and long-running programme provides trainees with the opportunities to undertake a practical and theoretical training programme in a vibrant and dynamic primary or secondary school environment.
Our School Direct programme is delivered in conjunction with our accrediting training provider, the University of Sussex. Trainees will undertake four days of training per week in their placement school and attend the University of Sussex on Fridays to undertake sessions that cover the theory and practice of teaching. Trainees will attend a 3-week induction in September at the University of Sussex, thereafter the main school placements will commence with the first week being comprised of a detailed induction by your school's professional and subject mentors. Trainees will carry out detailed lesson observations for the first two to three weeks followed by around 5 hours of teaching per week, with the number of hours increasing throughout the year as your professional skills and confidence increases.
Trainees will also continue to have professional development sessions with their relevant mentors throughout the year. Sessions will focus on the development of your subject knowledge and the craft of teaching through observing other teachers, team-teaching, joint planning sessions, etc. We will also organise for our trainees a 4-6 weeks placement in a complementary school during the latter part of the academic year. This will provide trainees with a comprehensive understanding of teaching in different school environments.
All trainee teachers must demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will keep a portfolio of evidence to show that you have done so.
Part-time participants will undertake the programme over a 2-year training programme with hours increasing year-on-year. During the first year, you will teach two days per week with Fridays at Sussex, and submit the main 6,000 word written assessment comprised of a series of lessons that you will design, teach, evaluate and analyse at Master’s Degree level. In the second year you will teach for three days per week with a 5-week block of teaching at the end of your course.
Successful School Direct trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Sussex worth 60 Masters level credits.
Kent Oaks Consortium
University of Sussex Teacher Training
Candidates’ applications will be processed via the university clearing system, UCAS. After an initial screening to check you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will then be read by an expert panel who will invite successful applicants to interview. The interview will take place at the lead school (Knole Academy) or in one of our partnership schools and is likely to include a preliminary interview comprised of:
- A Short 20 Minutes Teaching Session - potential secondary trainees are required to teach a given task and primary trainees can choose an appropriate activity. Tasks can be found on the Resources page.
- Written Tasks - designed to assess the quality of candidates’ written English and their understanding of current issues in education
- Student Interview - a selection of students across the year groups will conduct an informal interview for secondary applicants
- Formal Interview - panel interview with members of the selection panel
- A Brief (10 Minutes) Presentation – this will be on an aspect of your subject which you feel is misunderstood or difficult to teach.
Candidates will be advised of the exact format in advance. There will then be a second interview/meeting with The University of Sussex.
How school placements work
All primary and secondary schools within the consortium are based in West Kent, including the lead school, Knole Academy, and they undergo continuous quality assurance in order to provide rigorous training standards. We currently have seven partner school within the consortium. We have limited availability in each secondary school subject area placements and primary school placements, therefore applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.
Trainees are paid as unqualified teachers' with the anticipated primary school salary being aroun£19,700 per annum.
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.
We are seeking high-quality graduates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career. You will need the following qualifications for entry to the programme:
- A degree, class 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification
- GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above and Science at grade C or above if applying for primary school placements
About the training provider
Our school-based School Direct programme is accredited by the University of Sussex and provides trainees with an opportunity to undertake an outstanding and dynamic initial teacher training in a vibrant primary or secondary school environment.
All schools within the consortium, including the lead school, Knole Academy, are based within the west Kent and south east London area and allow trainees to be fully immersed in the daily school routine. Trainees are fully supported during their training through a robust support network of professional and subject mentors based within the placement school and at the University of Sussex.
Some key benefits of undertaking a placement within the consortium include:
- Part-time (over two years) or full-time (over one year) course options available
- A range of subjects are available to teach at the secondary school level
- Numerous primary school teaching placements are available
- A complementary 4 to 6 weeks placement within a partner school provides trainees with a varied training programme
- Applicants can apply for a salaried post and start earning money from the beginning of their training
- Trainees have numerous scholarships, bursaries and funding options available to support them during their training
- Successful trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) worth 60 Masters level credits
More information can be found by visiting the Kent Oaks Consortium website
About the accredited body
Offering a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary (ages 5-11) and Secondary (11-16) with specialisms in over eight subjects. For the latter, professional practice is focused on Key Stages 3 and 4.
Committed to high-quality teacher education built upon genuine partnerships, inspired by best classroom practice, and engaged in teaching as an intellectual and ethical vocation. Our goal is to recognise, support and develop a generation of reflective practitioners who are ready, willing and able to improve the life chances of every young person they teach.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All schools within our consortium, including our accrediting body, the University of Sussex, will provide additional learning support to individuals where a need has been identified.
All of our partner schools are wheelchair accessible. If applicants have specific needs we advise them to contact us before submitting their application in order for us to ensure that the highest level of support could be delivered during their teaching placements.
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St Peter and St Paul Roman Catholic Primary School
St Pauls Wood Hill, Orpington BR5 2SR
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