A salaried programme offers you exactly the same opportunity as the fee-funded programme, except that you will earn a salary whilst training to become a qualified teacher. You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. You will not be entitled to a bursary or a student loan, but neither will you pay any course fees!
Before applying for this course, you should have an agreement with the school that is prepared to employ you during your training year.
On this course, you’ll learn how to teach English in a way that motivates, embeds and helps to retain knowledge, helping children to enjoy the subject while developing their grammar, writing skills and reading strategies for each key stage through to GCSE and A’ Level.
Why is literacy so important? What is the best strategy for teaching Shakespeare? You’ll discuss questions like these alongside fellow trainees and with guidance from your specialist English teachers.
You’ll learn inspirational and innovative techniques for enthusing and engaging young people in a curriculum of rich texts and poetry, while teaching the skills to confidently analyse and compare different works.
You’ll also master lesson planning and learn how to manage a classroom using your voice, plus other valuable skills to create the right classroom culture.
We have a large partnership of schools, meaning our trainees have flexibility when it comes to placements. Our trainees can also benefit from the placements our partners can offer, which can vary from rural settings to the buzz of the city.
When allocating main placements, we consider trainee preferences, transport and location. Our dedicated team work hard to organise placements early, giving you as much time as possible to make arrangements.
All trainees undertake two main placements. The first placement runs from the first day of the Autumn Term until December. The second placement, in a contrasting school environment, runs from January until late June.
Trainees will also take part in mini placements across the year, which give trainees a unique opportunity to broaden their experience in a range of schools and contexts.
Applicants should be qualified to degree level, 2:2 or above (or in their final year of University with a predicated 2:2 or above).
Applicants should have a degree relevant to English.
All applicants are required to have a GCSE/O’level/iGCSE* at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English.
or international equivalent
Passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people
Independent, resilient and adaptable
Friendly and approachable, with the ability to engage young people
Enthusiastic about their subject and are continuing to develop their subject knowledge
Creative and imaginative
Good organisational skills and excellent time management skills
Reflective and strive to improve their own practice
High standards of spoken and written English
Demonstrate a professional attitude
Have made a considered and informed decision to train to teach
Experience of being in a school and/or working with young people is not essential, however, it will be beneficial during the application process. You can contact us to arrange experience within a school.
Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination conducted by our preferred supplier.
Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.
Candidates are required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful candidates will have these checks conducted at our expense.
The salary is up to the employing school, but starts at a minimum of £18,169.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
We are training the next generation of outstanding teachers for the Leeds area. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education and we want to recruit student teachers who share the same commitment. Our current cohort of student teachers are training to teach in primary and secondary in both mainstream and special school settings.
We provide training and placements of the highest quality to deliver a truly bespoke training package. We are committed to helping you develop professionally, well beyond your initial teacher training and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year by means of an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities – As an Appropriate Body for NQTs we offer our trainees a coherent two year programme of support.
We also support training places in Calderdale through the Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership:
Parkinson Lane School Direct Partnership (Calderdale) has a track record of supporting and bringing new teachers into the profession, a committed team of experienced mentors, coaches and tutors providing support throughout the programme, a wide range of schools within the partnership offering outstanding training and placements within varying contexts.
About the accredited body
One inspiring, bespoke teacher training course. One unique PGCE, delivered by the University of Leeds. Training to teach doesn’t have to be complicated, and training with Red Kite is designed to be simple.
Whether you apply with Red Kite or one of our partners, you’ll follow the same high-quality Teacher Training Course. With placements across Leeds and Yorkshire, we have the right school for you. Urban, rural, inner city and special schools – we’ve got them all. You can even choose the venue nearest to where you live for our training days.
For the foreseeable future, interviews will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams.
Preparation for the interview will include:
Workload prioritisation activity
Plan for a pupil activity
You will be given the opportunity to meet current trainees and course leaders.
When it is possible to access schools freely, we shall ask that you conduct a pupil activity and complete a written English test.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and all schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.
We are committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as providers of school-based teacher training and we have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.
John Jamieson School Hollin Hill Drive Leeds West Yorkshire LS8 2PW
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