Swale Academies Trust English (228Y)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023

Contents

Course summary

Professional Learning Days

These are whole day sessions where the basics of teaching and learning are presented and good practice shared. You will be trained at our dedicated training facility and the training will be delivered by our own expert staff who have been accredited by Christ Church University. These sessions cover topics such as Lesson Planning, Behaviour Management, AEN and Inclusion and Theories of Learning.

Trainees will also attend approximately fifteen additional Subject Days, delivered at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Pedagogy in Practice

These are weekly half day Professional Studies sessions where the theories presented during the Professional Learning Days are put into practice.

School placements

Wider Professional Practice

A five week contrasting placement will be arranged for each trainee. In addition, an alternative stage placement of one week’s duration is arranged.

Visits to other schools can be set up to provide wider experience.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Meopham School
Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0AH
Yes
Rainham Mark Grammar School
Pump Lane, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 7AJ
Yes
The Holmesdale School
Malling Road, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5HS
Yes
The North School
Essella Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8AL
Yes
The Sittingbourne School
Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4NL
Yes
The Whitstable School
Bellevue Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1PX
Yes
Westlands School
Westlands Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1PF
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Arrangements and funding for any equivalence test are the responsibility of the candidate.

Personal qualities

Our trainees will:

  • have a real desire to work with young people and help them realise their potential
  • be enthusiastic about their subject
  • have high expectations
  • have effective written and oral communication skills
  • be dedicated and prepared to work hard
  • be resilient
  • be a team player
  • be able to work independently
  • realise the importance of meeting deadlines
  • be open to new ideas
  • be willing to review personal progress
  • be able to reflect on strengths and areas for development
  • have excellent organisational skills
  • have a sense of professionalism.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £5,960.

Trainees on this route are responsible for QTS tuition fees. For those who opt to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) this will involve a further fee.

About the training provider

We have a long history of training teachers within the Trust and have developed a rigorous and robust training programme. This consists of a combination of practical and theoretical elements delivered by a dedicated team.

We recognise that trainees come with varying levels of previous school experience and our training is therefore tailored to the individual. Those who have plenty of relevant classroom experience have the opportunity to begin teaching whole classes early on in the programme. Those with less relevant experience will receive more guidance at the beginning, to build a firm foundation on which to base their classroom practice.

Our belief in the importance of trainees having sufficient time to work with more experienced staff means our aim is to make School Direct appointments supernumerary. This provides time for trainees to work closely with mentors and others to develop high level skills before being given full responsibility for classes.

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. School Direct positions are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

About the accredited body

Please see Canterbury Christ Church University website.

Interview process

Westlands School is the lead school within the Trust and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. Applicants for positions at other schools within the Trust will be given the opportunity to visit the relevant school.

A rigorous selection procedure is in place. This will involve a day spent at the school. Applicants are required to undertake a number of tasks during the day including:

  • an introduction to School Direct within the Trust
  • tour of the school(s)
  • a meet the pupils session
  • brief literacy and numeracy tests if Skills Tests have not already been successfully completed
  • a delivery of short subject based task to a group of pupils
  • formal interview

All offers will be ratified by and made through Canterbury Christ Church University.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Over recent years, schools and academies have (in line with other institutions and public bodies) been working towards an improved understanding of the diverse nature of their communities. Much of the work is in response to new legislation that places an increased duty on schools, academies and other settings to tackle radicalisation and to establish a positive ethos of British Values. Legislation requires schools and academies both to eliminate direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment and to promote equalities for students, staff and others who use their facilities.

In our Trust we work to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all members of our community who hold a range of protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, as well as having regard to other factors which have the potential to cause inequality, such as, socio-economic factors.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@swale.at
Telephone
07496 972 623
Address
Westlands Avenue
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10 1PF

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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