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 “Teachers’ 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.