Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub Health and social care (Z308)

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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.thamesgatewaytsh.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

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 have your own classes and an established timetable. You will focus on teaching KS4 and KS5 .

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.

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.

In April and May, you will be finally assessed through both lesson observations and your completed portfolio to ensure that you have met the Teachers’ Standards. If you are successful, your QTS award will be confirmed during our final Exam Board.

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 Christ Church Academy
Melbourne Avenue, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2EG
Yes
Folkestone Academy
Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5FP
Yes
Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre
Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6LT
Yes
REPLACE 1
REPLACE 1, ME2 2SX
No
The Hundred of Hoo Academy
Main Road, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9HH
Yes
The Lenham School
Ham Lane, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 2LL
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in health and social care or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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
  • at least 2 experience days in a primary 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

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

We are looking for ambitious, forward-thinking, emotionally-intelligent and innovative trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and the prospect of working with young people of all abilities in a secondary school environment. As a member of the teaching team you will be eager to learn how to deliver outstanding lessons and contribute to the wider education agenda; inspiring learners and raising standards. Mascalls School is the lead school in the partnership and will coordinate the recruitment process. Applicants who are selected for interview will spend a full day at the school. During the day interviewees will be observed teaching a 20-30 minute lesson to a group of pupils, will complete literacy and numeracy fundamentals along with a subject knowledge test.This will be followed by a formal interview. You will be informed in advance about the content of the lesson, the age group and the abilities of the pupils you will be teaching. Opportunities will be provided for you to meet experienced teachers from your subject area and other trainee teachers. A representative from KMT will be involved throughout the day and the selection decision will be a joint decision between Mascalls Academy, your chosen school and KMT.

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 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

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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