About the course
Our programme prepares trainees to be outstanding teachers through a high-quality teaching and learning experience. The programme supports trainees to meet the government expectations outlined in the 2012 Teachers' Standards. Impact on pupil progress is at the heart of our programme.
Trainees will work in school alongside Good and Outstanding teachers four days a week and attend a professional studies day one day a week at our TKAT training centre in Sidcup, Kent.
Salaried trainees may have responsibility for their own class and may be expected to teach a higher percentage of the teaching timetable compared to an unsalaried trainee.
The course begins with a two-week induction programme. This provides every trainee with the knowledge and skill-base to prepare them for their placement schools, where they will observe good and outstanding practice in preparation for teaching.
Our General Professional Studies programme combines a pedagogical approach to learning with practical strategies for use in the classroom. Trainees will gain experience from practising teachers as well as specialist speakers in behaviour management, special educational needs and health and well-being.
Trainees receive one-to-one mentor support throughout their training year. Mentors carry out weekly observations and set targets to enable trainees to develop their teaching. This is documented through a weekly journal to reflect on all aspects of the programme. Trainees receive dedicated subject and curriculum support by a lead subject specialist.
Trainees are asked to submit an evidence bundle to demonstrate their progress against the Teachers' Standards. The overall quality of trainees' teaching will be judged by the impact they have had on pupil progress and learning over time.
Trainees experience a short placement of the key stages either side of their training programme and in a specialist teaching provision.
Candidates take part in a selection and recruitment process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach.
The aim of the interview process is for candidates to demonstrate why they have chosen teaching as a career and allow us to see their potential in the classroom setting.
If successful, candidates will be made a conditional offer of a place on our programme, subject to all course requirements being met.
How school placements work
Our ITT Provider arrange suitable school placements for the trainees. This enables us to ensure that we offer trainees a contrasting placement and a breadth of experience in their training year. Every effort is taken to place trainees in a school geographically convenient for them, without compromising their training needs.
Trainees will complete two placements. Their main placement (A) will be where they spend the majority of their training year. The second placement (B) will be for four weeks in a contrast setting.
Our programme is full-time (term time only). Trainees spend four days a week in school and one day a week at our TKAT training centre in Sidcup, Kent.
Trainees on the salaried route will be paid on an unqualified teachers' pay scale 1 or 2 (discretion of the school).
The cost of the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) fee is paid for by the employing school.
The cost for the Post- Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters Credits is £2,000 and is paid by the trainee.
Please note that salaried trainees are not eligible for student finance and therefore would need to self-fund their PGCE fee.
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.
Applicants will need to demonstrate GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in mathematics and English.
Applicants who do not hold these qualifications will be asked to sit a GCSE equivalency test or asked for other evidence to demonstrate their ability.
Applicants must hold a degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. TKAT SCITT will arrange Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses, where necessary, subject to a conditional offer made.
Prior experience in a school is not required. However, we strongly recommend that you gain some experience to find out whether teaching is the career for you.
We are seeking well-qualified graduates who have a passion for learning and a commitment to helping children be the best that they can be.
- British residency/EU status;
- Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced clearance;
- Two satisfactory references;
- Recommended as medically fit to teach.
TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students, and expects all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment.
About the training provider
Cleeve Park School is part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). It is a School Direct Lead School providing secondary (11-16) and primary (5-11) school-based initial teacher training. Applicants can gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a PGCE with Masters' credits. Our HEI Provider responsible for the PGCE is Leeds Beckett University.
Our ITT partner schools under our Kent Training Hub are:
*Hillview School for Girls
*Kemnal Technology College
*Rainham School for Girls
*Thomas Bennett Community College
*Townley Grammar School
*East Wickham Primary Academy
*Gray’s Farm Primary Academy
*Hillsgrove Primary School
*Hilltop Primary Academy
*Horizon Primary Academy
*Napier Community Primary & Nursery Academy
*Newlands Primary School
*Northdown Primary Academy
*Old Bexley CofE Primary School
*Royal Park Primary Academy
*Smarden Primary Academy
*St Paul's Cray CE Primary School
*St Paulinus CE Primary School
*The Bewbush Academy
*Weyfield Primary Academy
We also have two other Lead Schools: Debden Park High School (leading our Essex Training Hub) and Chichester High School (leading our Coast Training Hub).
We offer a bespoke training programme: every training session is delivered by a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic teacher. Our training is relevant and responsive to current developments in education and provides a hands-on approach to classroom practice. We believe the best teachers are trained by outstanding practitioners.
We support trainees in finding a suitable newly qualified teaching (NQT) post. All previous trainees have gained employment.
About the accredited body
TKAT SCITT is a highly successful programme, judged as ‘Good in all aspects’ in our last Ofsted inspection (June 2014). Every year, an exceptionally high number of our trainees successfully complete their training graded Good or Outstanding.
Once qualified, TKAT offers a full range of year-round training courses, workshops and learning days that will ensure your continued professional development. Every opportunity for career progression is available to you, from Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) to Headteacher.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As part of TKAT, Cleeve Park School is an equal opportunity employer and as such we share the belief that no-one should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, gender, disability, sexuality, age, income, religion, colour, marital status or ethnic or national origin. All applications are treated on merit.
Our excellent communication with our ITT Provider and ITT partner schools enable us to meet the needs of our trainees wherever possible, in successfully completing their teacher training programme.
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Highsted Grammar School
Highsted Grammar School, Highsted Road, Sittingbourne , Kent ME10 4PT
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