Medway Valley Training Partnership Primary (2S3H)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.mvtp.org

Contents

About the course

The training year commences at the beginning of the academic year through to middle of June the following year enabling you to take up employment from 1st July to schools that offer it. This practical course comprises a mix of classroom-based teaching in a school to academic training on either generic “Professional Studies” lectures at a local KMT hub-training centre or “Subject Studies” training with the other Primary trainees at various locations across the partnership.

For the first two placements, you work in school for 4 days a week learning how to teach by leading lessons. Thursday is your academic afternoon where either professional or subject studies sessions take place. When you return to you home school after Easter, you will be in school for the full 5 day week.

Your studies gradually build from observing teachers and lessons to working with your mentor in team planning and teaching until by the end of the course, you are teaching 60% of a full timetable. At all times, there will be the classroom teacher available to support you nearby.

You will gain experience of parents evenings, clubs and many other after school events that make up the life of a teacher.

The course focuses on the teaching and learning of KS1 and KS2 students and you will be assessed on your teaching of classes from these key stages. However, because of Kent and Medway’s unique education system you may also be given the opportunity to experience pre-school teaching.

To aid your development, you will have one formal lesson observation and one dedicated mentor meeting each week. This is where you sit with your school mentor, discuss your progress and make targets for the following week. Their work is enhanced further by KMT lead mentors and course directors who further oversee and support all aspects of your studies.

Throughout the year, you will be building up a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your progress towards meeting the “Teaching Standards.” Academic research is through the completion of Reflective, Practical essays and Evaluations and these are spread across the academic year.

In addition, for those wishing to top up their qualification to PGCE, you will have other assignment to complete at various times through the year as published by the University of Leeds Beckett. This course is delivered through a distance-learning package and training will take place in your local hub- training centre.

School placements

All applicants have the opportunity at application, to apply for the school of their choice. If appointed, that school becomes the trainee’s “home” school and is responsible for the majority of the training; subject to the course requirements and quality assurance of the accrediting provider, Kent and Medway Training. The training year is split into three placements:

  • Placement A is at your home school and runs from the beginning of the academic year until the end of January. You are in school for four days a week learning how to teach your subject through a mixture of practical classroom experience and school-led training sessions. Thursdays are your KMT academic days where you will have Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners.

  • Placement B is at a contrasting Primary school. Where possible, your B-placement school will be discussed with you in advance and you will be placed in the local Medway or Maidstone area.

The placements runs from February to Easter where you continue to improve your teaching skills through teaching classes to school-led training sessions. Thursdays remain your KMT academic days where you continue with Professional Studies training,

  • Placement A2 is back at your home school where you remain from Easter until the completion of your course in June. You will be in school for the full 5-day week. Thursday Professional studies will have finished except for occasional twilight sessions preparing you for your Early Career Teacher year.

Throughout the course you will be assessed through lesson observation, assessments and the completion of an online portfolio to ensure that, by the end of the course, you have met the teaching standards. Our assessments are then externally moderated and assuming all goes well, your Newly Qualified Teacher status is confirmed and celebrated at a local hub- centred Awards Evening.

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 Lane , Strood, Rochester, KENT, ME2 4UF
Yes
Balfour Primary and Junior School
Balfour Road, Chatham, ME4 6QX
Yes
Barming Primary School
Belmont Cl, Maidstone, KENT, ME16 9DY
Yes
Cedar Children’s Academy
Cedar Road, Strood, Rochester, KENT, ME2 2JP
Yes
Gordon Children Academy, Junior
Gordon Road, Strood, Rochester, KENT, ME2 3HQ
Yes
New Horizon’s Childrens Academy
Park Crescent, Chatham, KENT, ME4 6NR
Yes
Palace Wood Primary School
Ash Grove,, Allington,, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0AB
Yes
Phoenix Junior Academy
Glencoe Road, Chatham, ME4 5QD
Yes
The Gordon Children’s Academy, Infant
Gordon Road, Strood, Rochester, KENT, ME2 3HQ
Yes
West Borough Primary School
Greenway,, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8TL
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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, maths or science.

Externally sat equivalency tests must be recognised as the full equivalent of GCSE English Language, Mathematics or one of the Sciences. 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

  • Strong and dedicated professionals
  • Resilient
  • Proactive and creative
  • Open to feedback and guidance
  • Passionate about developing pupil learning and well being
  • Strong in their subject knowledge
  • Positive in their communication skills
  • Genuinely aiming to become an outstanding practitioner
  • Enjoy working with children and young adults

Other requirements

Before the course begins but not necessarily at application, 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 a school experience day before application so that you can get a feel for the chosen school and what it can offer as a training placement.

PLEASE NOTE: These requirements are currently suspended until the current COVID restrictions are lifted.

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 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1950* 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.

  • This is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change.

About the training provider

The Medway Valley Training Partnership (MVTP) comprises schools and academies from Primary to Secondary level. MVTP co-ordinate the recruitment of trainee teachers onto suitable SCHOOL DIRECT teacher training programmes for our partner schools. Due to our success, we have grown tremendously from our small partnership of five schools to a partnership of fifteen and counting.

You will find our schools in both Medway Towns and Maidstone areas in Kent, linked by the pretty “Medway Valley” railway branch line which runs from Strood station through to Maidstone West and beyond.

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 MVTP 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

To be considered for interview, we need a completed application form. Once received, your application is sent to your chosen campus for their consideration.

If selected for interview, a date will be arranged where you will;

  • undertake a formal face to face interview with the school’s Professional Tutor and a representative from Kent and Medway Training at your chosen school.

  • During this, you will be required to give a presentation to the interview panel following instructions that will be provided within the interview invitation

  • undertake an audit of Maths and English skills

You will be given a conditional offer only if all members of the panel agree to the placement. However, should you impress at interview but not be offered a place, you will be given the opportunity for your application to be considered by other partner schools without the need to sit a second formal interview. Under these circumstances. you will have a phone or online discussion with the school’s Professional Tutor. If all goes well, a conditional offer is 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 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.

MVTP now have two secondary schools within our partnership that have specialist visually and hearing impairment centres:- Thomas Aveling for hearing and Robert Napier for Visual impairment.

Contact this training provider

Email
office@mvtp.org
Telephone
01634 408425
Website
http://www.mvtp.org
Address
c/o The Thomas Aveling School
Arethusa Road
Rochester
Kent
ME1 2UW

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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