Medway Valley Training Partnership Primary (2W8Y)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support

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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

The training year is from school term through to end of June the following year although you will contracted at the school for the remaining full academic year.

This practical course comprises a mix of classroom-based training with subject mentor support, to academic training where you will be working with experienced professionals 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.

A-placement:- As you are employed by the school, you will be given a 60% solo teaching timetable from day one. You may have your own form group and you will be undertaking all duties as a paid teacher of the school. Please be aware that mentors are likely to be teaching their own classes while you are teaching and that immediate support is often less likely to be accessible.

B-placement:- the teaching load remains at 60%. The duration of the placement is no longer than four weeks. During this time, you can expect to follow a non-salaried course structure. You will quickly build to 60% solo teaching commitment through observation, team-teaching activities before going solo. At all times, there will be a classroom teacher available to support you.

A2 placement:- you return to your home school for the full five days and continue with your timetable. There are Thursday KMT twilight session that continue to prepares you for your QTS and ECT year..

You will have at least, one formal lesson observation and one meeting each week where you sit with your mentor, discuss your progress and make targets for the following week. You will be expected to attend all school events such as parents evenings, after school clubs, whole school and dedicated trainee training sessions and any other school activity as required.

Over the year, you will be building up a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards. There are also 4 Reflective, Practical Journals (RPJ) to complete of which 3 involve research and an essay; each totalling 1500 words.

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 and a half days a week. Thursday afternoon is your KMT academic time where you will have Professional Studies led by experienced practitioners or subject specialists.

  • Placement B is a contrasting school. For example, if your home school focuses on KS2 teaching, then your contrasting placement will look at KS1. Where possible, your B-placement school will be discussed with you in advance and you will be placed in the local area.

The placements runs from February for up to four weeks. Thursdays remain your KMT academic afternoon where you will have Professional Studies training, led by subject specialists. During this placement you can expect to observe teachers, gradually taking over the class teacher’s lessons to a 60% timetable. The class teacher will be in attendance for additional support and guidance.

  • Placement A2 is back at your home school where you remain from Easter beyond the completion of your course in June to the end of the academic year. You will be in school for the full 5 day week. Professional and Subjects studies are finished with just one further evening session preparing you for your NQT 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 Qualified Teacher Status is confirmed and celebrated at a local hub- centred Awards Evening.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Allington Primary School
Hilldenborough Crescent, London Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0PG
Dane Court Primary School
Hotel Rd, , Gillingham, Kent, ME8 6AA

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

At application, you will need to be able to demonstrate significant school experience in a English primary school environment and show that you have meet the government eligibility requirements concerning 3-years full-time work experience.

  • at least 10 experience days in a primary school or academy
  • at least 2 experience days in a secondary school or academy (before course begins)

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


The salary is normally at the “unqualified teacher” point 1 on the salary scale. The home school that employs you will pay for your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course only. Should you wish to top up your qualification to the full Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) you will be responsible for those extra fees of £1650*

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

Fees and financial support

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.

PLEASE NOTE: At application you will need to demonstrate significant school experience that prepares you thoroughly for teaching classes with minimal support and that meets the government eligibility criteria concerning three year full-time work experience.

Once received, your application is sent to your chosen School for their consideration.

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

  • visit the school,

  • observe and participate in lessons,

  • undertake a formal interview with a mentor, the school’s Professional Tutor and a representative from Kent and Medway Training.

PLEASE NOTE: You may be asked to teach a lesson or part lesson at interview.

The formal interview is approximately 50 minutes long. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation, the title of which will be provided with the interview documentation that will be sent out.

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.


International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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 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

01634 408425
c/o The Thomas Aveling School
Arethusa Road

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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