About the course
The course is School Direct training. You will spend 80% of your time in school, with one day a week at your training provider. President Kennedy consists of an alliance of over 16 primary and secondary schools, across a wide geographic area; South Birmingham, Hinckley, Coventry and Warwick. The Alliance will endeavour to allocate school placements located most conveniently to the residence of the trainee.
As a trainee teacher, you will be mentored by experienced staff, initially observing and gradually increasing teaching responsibilities. A great amount learning of takes place through pedagogy in the classroom, however theory sessions will also provide the academic foundation necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the role of a teacher. We look to support, challenge and nurture you through the year.
There is also a strong possibility that trainees will be offered a position at their school at the end of the training year, or within the President Kennedy School Teaching Alliance.
The interview process consists of a tour of the school and meetings with colleagues. You will also be given, prior to the interview, a topic and details on the class concerned, on which to base a 30 minute micro lesson to teach to a class of students. There will then be an interview with the leadership of the Teaching School.
The micro teaching task is designed to give trainees an opportunity to demonstrate their wider skills, attitude, aptitude and resilience that can be developed over the training year, rather than assess specific teaching ability at this stage.
How school placements work
President Kennedy consists of an alliance of over 16 primary and secondary schools, across a wide geographic area; South Birmingham, Hinckley, Coventry and Warwick. The Alliance will endeavour to allocate school placements located most conveniently to the residence of the trainee.
80% of the trainee's timetable will be in the placement school, with a day a week at university. There will be a complementary placement during the Spring Term, lasting approximately 6 weeks. You will be given the opportunity to visit this school prior to the placement to meet key colleagues.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The School Direct Non-Salaried route will pay fees of up to £9,000. Student loans and maintenance grants are available to home students; loans apply also to EU students. Training bursaries and scholarships worth up to £20,000 are available to top graduates, depending on their subject area.
Entry requirements: Undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, grade C or above in GCSE English or maths (or B if applying in Wales).
If your degree does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may be required to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. Trainees will also need to pass a skills test in numeracy and literacy.
About the training provider
The President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance (PKTSA) is committed to recruiting and training outstanding, enthusiastic individuals, passionate about becoming outstanding teachers. With our partner schools we cover a wide area of the West Midlands; Worcestershire, South Birmingham, Hinckley, Coventry and Warwickshire. This geographical diversity provides opportunity for trainees to experience teaching in a wide variety of settings.
There are a range of schools in diverse contexts, including OFSTED 'Outstanding Providers', a 'World Class School' and another that has been awarded 'Transforming' status by the SSAT within the Framework for Exceptional Education.
PKTSA seeks to 'Build Brighter Futures Together'. Our values are based on the core principles of 'Students First; No Barriers; It's About Learning'. Our Initial Teacher Training provision was identified as ‘Outstanding’ by Warwick University in 2017 and our ITT Director, Aidan Jenkins, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship within the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick in recognition of his partnership work over a number of years.
During your training you will have specialist help from our Professional and Subject Mentors and develop your practical skills in the classroom, whilst gaining a theoretical understanding of teaching and learning. There will also be a complementary placement at one of our alliance schools.
On finishing your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and 60 Masters credits.
Please visit our website: PRESIDENTKENNEDYTSA.CO.UK
Training with disabilities and other needs
President Kennedy School moved into a brand new school building in 2017. The school encompasses many features that will improve the accessibility of disabled staff and students to access the curriculum, together with the physical environment to take better advantage of the education, benefits, facilities and services the school offers.
We are a fully inclusive mainstream school and we strive to ensure that all staff and students achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum. Skills, resources and techniques we employ in order to achieve this are continually being developed and will be used to modify our provision to meet the changing requirements for individual colleagues.
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