Thinking Horizons (TSAT) Primary (A359)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support
Student finance 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.kmtraining.org.uk/

Contents

Course summary

KMT is an accredited provider of school based teacher training in the South East and across Kent. We welcome trainees from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience – be it recent graduates from university or experienced professionals looking for a change.

At KMT we’ll support you on your journey. You’ll train to teach in one of our partner schools, spending as much time as possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner as your mentor. We believe that the most effective way to train to teach is to allow you to spend the maximum time possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner. You’ll benefit from valuable classroom experience and be able to participate as an active member of the school community from day one. Throughout your training you’ll be supported and assessed as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, often referred to as QTS. Your teaching practice will be observed and you’ll receive guidance and support from your school-based Mentor, KMT Lead Mentors and your KMT Hub Directors.

To begin the year, you will observe expert practitioners before initially leading small parts of a lesson or working with small groups. As you progress through the programme, your teaching commitment will gradually increase until you are teaching 80% of a full timetable from May onwards. You will also have a six-week placement at another school, which will offer you the opportunity to teach in the alternative Key Stage.

You will be school-based for four days per week where you will be involved in observations, teaching, staff training, parents’ evenings, school meetings, extra-curricular clubs: all the facets of a teacher’s school life. On Thursdays, you will have your pedagogical training with KMT. Your central-based training will include both subject-specific sessions that cover all thirteen primary curricular areas and professional studies sessions that will equip you with a secure understanding of educational practices and theories. Central-based training follows a hybrid approach, with a mixture of in-person and remote sessions. Each week, your school-based mentor will help you put your learning into practice on your placement.

In addition, to complement Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and if you would like to engage more with educational research, you can opt to register for a Distance Learning PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Leeds Beckett University.

School placements

You will have an A-placement school, which is where you will spend the majority of your training year, based in a particular year group and key stage. For a period of six weeks at a point between Christmas and Easter, you will be based at your B-placement school, which is organised for you by KMT, in order to gain experience teaching the alternative key stage. Over the year, you will learn how to teach across both KS1 and KS2 by first slowly building up to teaching full lessons, and then by building up the number of lessons you teach. You will be supported by a mixture of expert teachers and leaders within your placement schools and by the primary team at KMT.

You will be in placement from the beginning of the academic year, with QTS being awarded at the start of July. You will attend a full induction with KMT prior to starting in your school placement.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
All Faiths Children’s Academy
Gun Ln, Rochester, ME2 4UF
Yes
Cedar Children’s Academy
Cedar Rd, , Rochester, Kent, ME2 2JP
Yes
New Horizons Children’s Academy
Park Crescent, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6NT
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

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. Externally sat equivalency tests must be recognised as the full equivalent of GCSE English Language, Mathematics. We also provide access to tests but, in the most case, these equivalencies will only be acceptable for courses run by our partner provider; Kent and Medway Training. They are not transferable to an alternative provider.

Personal qualities

In order to train with us you must be:

  • passionate about your subject
  • resilient and resourceful
  • dedicated to educating and supporting young people
  • self-reflective
  • open to constructive criticism
  • professional
  • proactive
  • a strong communicator
  • be organised

Other requirements

Before the course begins, you will need:

  • at least 10 experience days in a primary school or academy
  • at least 2 experience days in a secondary school or academy
  • DBS check
  • Health check declaration

It is useful to attend at least one school experience day or informal chat with a school representative before applying so that you can get a feel for the chosen school and what it can offer as a training placement.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,495
International students £7,495

Our fee is £7,495.

For those wishing to ‘top up’ their qualification to the full Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1,650 (subject to change) will be payable to the University of Leeds Beckett who are our PGCE accredited body. This fee is payable by both salaried and non-salaried trainees.

Financial support from the training provider

Find out about any financial support in terms of tax-free bursaries, tuition-fee loans or maintenance loans at the Get Into Teaching Website: Get Into Teaching

About the training provider

Thinking Horizons (TSAT) comprises schools and academies from Primary to Secondary level. Thinking Horizons (TSAT) co-ordinate the recruitment of trainee teachers onto suitable SCHOOL DIRECT teacher training programmes for our partner schools. For our partner schools these include high achieving grammar along with a range of non selective and primary schools working under the TSAT Academy structure. We offer a range of specialist secondary teacher-training courses alongside primary in a variety of school settings that will equip the successful trainee with the skills to be able to confidently teach anywhere in the country. Our unique position in Kent means that, where possible, trainees will experience not just Key Stage 3 and 4 GCSE training but also Key Stage 5, A -level. All of our School Direct teacher training courses are available at both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Post- Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

We have an excellent success rate with the vast majority of trainees completing the training course now employed in a school with over 90% in their home school or one of KMT’s other partnership schools or academies. All Thinking Horizons (TSAT) schools share one common goal; To train teachers to not just pass the course but in preparing them for a long and successful career.

About the accredited body

Kent and Medway Training is a Schools Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider (SCITT) which has been successfully training teachers for over 25 years. Our reputation for quality of our training has seen us grow tremendously from training 30 students a year to over 260 across our Kent-wide partnership of 115 schools. KMT offer training which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and our partnership arrangement with The University of Leeds Beckett gives our trainees the opportunity to access a PGCE Top-Up qualification while they train or in the first two years of teaching. This offers Masters Level credits.

Interview process

KMT as an Equal Opportunities organisation will always ensure that fair procedures are being followed, therefore, a structured interview forms a core part of our recruitment process. To ensure transparency of our course content, a training provision checklist is made available to candidates prior to the interview.

Your interview will include:

  • initial meeting between the candidate and the Hub Director to discuss the training provision;
  • an introductory opening when the interview panel joins;
  • reading a book to a group of children;
  • a schedule of questions which are asked by panel members;
  • space for candidates to raise any issues or ask their own questions;
  • the close of the interview, explanation of what will happen next;

If you are successful at the interview, a conditional offer will be made.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

We welcome applications from those with disabilities and regularly train and support students with dyslexia and mental health problems.

We, with our accreditation partners Kent and Medway Training, offer support and help with ensuring that you met the minimum standards required for Literacy and Numeracy. We teach strategies for ensuing that Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar are accurate in, especially, work that is handed out to school pupils.

We have introduced a programme of support for those with mental health conditions and the programme includes that offer of free further independent advice from dedicated specialists should you need it

We are proud of the support and guidance that we give to ensure that you are able to give of your best during your training year and we provide an environment in which you can feel comfortable in seeking support should you need it.

Contact this training provider

Email
hello@thinking-horizons.com
Telephone
03333 602090
Website
https://www.kmtraining.org.uk/
Address
The Rochester Grammar School
Maidstone Road
Rochester
Kent
ME1 3BY

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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