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Medway Valley Training Partnership English (X488)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support
Salary
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
23 May 2022
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.mvtp.org
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Contents

Course summary

The training year begins at the beginning of the academic year through to middle of June the following year. However, you will still be contracted to the school until 31st August 2023

This practical course comprises a mix of classroom-based learning 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 English trainees at various locations across the partnership.

The school that you are accepted to train in becomes your home school. Except for a short placement at a contrasting B placement school in the Spring term, you will remain at your home school for the duration of the course.

From the outset of your course, you are planning and teaching solo, 60% of a full timetable. At all times, there will be the classroom teacher available to support you nearby but not in your classroom

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 KS3 and KS4 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, where possible, YOU WILL ALSO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE KS5 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 subject specialist 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.” by the end of the course. 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. (KMT) The training year is split into three placements:

The course follows a core curriculum model that is supported by specific subject training.

  • 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 up to four and a half 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 either Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners or Subject Studies training, led by subject specialists. We have a blended approach from face to face sessions to purely on-line.

  • Placement B is at a contrasting school. For example, if your home school is a non-selective school, you B-placement could be a Grammar 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 during February to April where you continue to improve your teaching skills through teaching classes to school-led training sessions. Thursdays remain your KMT academic days.

  • Placement A2 is back at your home school where you remain until the completion of your course in June. You will be in school for the full 5-day week. Thursday Professional and Subjects studies will have finished except for some further evening session preparing you for your Early Careers Teacher years.

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

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in English 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.

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

Due to the nature of the course, applicants for a salaried teacher training course will only be considered if they can demonstrate at application, that they have significant school experience in front of children. You will need to demonstrate, at interview, that you know how to plan and successfully deliver lessons to a class without an experienced teacher present in the classroom.

Acceptance onto the course is also subject to

  • DBS check -Heath and Welfare checks.

Salary

Salary to be based on point 1 the unqualified teachers’ pay scales unless negotiated with the school.

The training fees for QTS will be paid for by the employing school but any fees associated for the top up to the PGCE are payable by the applicant.

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 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 Subject Leader. 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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of a salaried course, we may ask the applicant to prepare and teach a lesson to a Key Stage 3 class as part of the interview process.

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 and Subject Leader. If all goes well, a conditional offer is made.

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

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 teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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