Swale Academies Trust Physics (2FRM)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support
Salary
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022

Contents

About the course

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 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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.

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.

Salary

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.

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 students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@westlands.kent.sch.uk
Telephone
07496 972 623
Address
Westlands Avenue
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10 1PF

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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