Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub Biology (V945)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.thamesgatewaytsh.org.uk

Contents

About the course

The course begins on the first day of INSET training with the rest of the staff, integrating you into the staff body, and will continue until the middle of June. This is so you can begin working in July in those schools that offer an early start. You will also have a six-week placement in a contrasting school to help to broaden your experience.

You will be in schools for four days a 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 that provides a mixture of specific Subject Studies, looking at aspects of teaching your specialism, and the more general Professional Studies sessions, which have a holistic approach to educational practices.

You will be supported by a network of established professionals, including a subject mentor in your school, usually a subject specialist, your Professional Tutor, your KMT Lead Mentor and Hub Director as well as the other teachers and trainees in your school. You will have a weekly mentor meeting to allow you to discuss any issues and organise any support you may need.

To begin the year, you will observe lessons, developing into leading small parts of a lesson or working with small groups, and building until you are teaching 60% of a full timetable. You will be supernumerary, meaning there will always be a qualified teacher in the room with you. You will focus on teaching KS3 and KS4 but may also get the opportunity to teach some KS5. You will be formally observed once a week in order to receive feedback and make progress.

As well as your teaching, you will be working on charting your development and recording your skills through a Progress Tracker and Reflective Practice Assignments. At the late stage of your training, you are being assessed against the 8 Teachers Standards.

In addition, for those wishing to obtain the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be able to top up your qualification by paying an extra fee and completing additional assignments if you decide to complete the Evidence Informed Practice offered through distance learning with Leeds Beckett University.

School placements

You will have a ‘Home’ school which is where you will spend the majority of your training year, between September and January, and Easter and June. You will be learning how to teach your subject by slowly building up to teaching full lessons and then building up your number of lessons. You will be supported by a mixture of expert teachers.

You will also have a six-week placement in a contrasting school. For example, from a non selective to a Grammar School or a single-sex school to a mixed school. This will usually take place between February and Easter.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Astor College
Astor Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT17 0AS
Yes
Dover Grammar School for Girls
Frith Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 2PZ
Yes
Herne Bay High School
Bullockstone Road, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7NS
Yes
Rivermead School
Forge Lane, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1UG
Yes
Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School
Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3EL
Yes
The Howard School
Derwent Way, Rainham, Kent, ME8 0BX
Yes
Turner Free School
Tile Kiln Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 4PB
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

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

Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered. Equivalency tests will be accepted in English or maths.

We accept Level 2 in English and Maths only.

Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.

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 secondary school or academy (if School and Government Guidelines allow)
  • at least 2 experience days in a primary school or academy (if School and Government Guidelines allow)
  • 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 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,100
International students £7,100

The fee of £7100 is the cost for all trainees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only. This fee is payable by all non-salaried trainees but payable by the home school for salaried trainees.

For those wishing to ‘top up’ their qualification to the full Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1950 (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

As one of the DfEs 87 Teaching School Hubs, our mission to ‘provide excellent professional development opportunities to support educators as they shape the lives of every child in our region’ drives our work. This evidence-based, comprehensive offer starts when colleagues enter the very first stages of their leadership journey with us and place a commitment to world-class Initial Teacher Training at the heart of our work.

Our partnership with KMT leads to exciting opportunities to provide professional development which enables our colleagues to thrive as they move through their ITT opportunities into their Early Career Teacher programmes and beyond.

We have led Initial Teacher Training for nearly ten years. Colleagues work with us from schools all over Medway and further afield. With our work underpinned by our core values of integrity and a shared ambition, a pursuit for being research led and a commitment to collaboration, our partnerships are rich and diverse. We are delighted to work with schools in every stage and phase, from Early Years to Post-16, with expertise in SEN, and with the full spectrum of specialisms.

We are proud of our commitment to mentoring and to working with our Curriculum Hubs to provide specialist curriculum support. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Seeing our children thrive is at the centre of all we do.

We are excited to welcome you to start your journey with us.

Interview process

A structured interview forms a core part of every recruitment process. Non-salaried trainees will be required to give a presentation to the interview panel following instructions that will be provided within the interview invitation. For salaried trainees an interview involving planning and teaching a lesson will be required as part of the suitability assessment criteria.

A training provision checklist will be provided to candidates prior to the interview for them to read through. A short period of time will be allocated at the start of the interview to allow the candidates to ask any questions they may have in relation to the training provision offered by Kent and Medway Training (KMT).

Successful interviews have a clear structure which helps keep the panel objective and focused throughout. However, this must allow flexibility and the necessary freedom for skilled interviewers to use probing, supplementary and additional questions as required to ascertain the candidate’s resilience and dedication to teaching.

An interview format should cover:

  • initial meeting between the candidate and the Hub Director to discuss the training provision;
  • an introductory opening when the interview panel joins;
  • 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;
  • Maths and English proficiencies will be checked.

If the candidate is successful at interview, a conditional offer will be made.

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

We value equality and believe in the uniqueness and worth of each individual, and the experience they bring. We look to work positively, capturing what’s good and building upon it, providing holistic support and nurture for both staff and pupils. We are therefore committed to working with colleagues who require additional support throughout their training.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@tgtsh.org.uk
Telephone
01634412265
Website
http://www.thamesgatewaytsh.org.uk
Address
Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub
Leigh Academies Trust c/o Strood Academy
Strood
Kent
ME2 2SX

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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