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.
Wider Professional Practice
A four 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.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
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.
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 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.
Trainees will be paid on Unqualified Teachers’ Pay Scale, Point 1.
All trainees will work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is funded by the employing school.
There is further opportunity to undertake Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Masters Credits. This will be funded by the trainee.
All of our pathways are accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University.
Fees and financial support
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.
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
All offers will be ratified by and made through Canterbury Christ Church University.
You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.
Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.
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.
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