Over an academic year, student teachers will train on the job in classrooms, from day one. The course is designed to ease trainees into gradually taking on the full responsibilities of a class teacher, including a sizeable teaching workload by Easter. Training in school is supported and enhanced by academic study and independent research.
Trainees will spend four and a half days in school carrying out a range of professional activities, including observing other teachers, team-teaching and solo-teaching. The remaining half day a week will be for professional development through weekly training sessions, facilitated by Teach Kent and Sussex based at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells. Click here for more information.
Teach Kent and Sussex was recently rated OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted. Click here to read the full inspection report. Regarding the professional development programme, Ofsted reported that:
"The course provides trainees with an outstanding grounding in recent, highly credible research into teaching, learning and the curriculum. From the outset, trainees learn about how pupils gain and remember new knowledge. They develop a secure understanding of how curriculum content can be selected and sequenced to ensure that pupils master key concepts."
All Trainees will be based in a class in their assigned school for the entire year, except during a six-week second school placement. Trainees will be fully supported throughout the year by an assigned mentor, an experienced teacher who will themselves be trained and supported by Teach Kent and Sussex. Trainees will benefit from weekly meetings, regular observations with constructive feedback, planning guidance and on-the-job advice. Click here for more information.
Trainees will be regularly assessed against the Teaching Standards through a combination of informal and formal observations by their assigned mentor. For QTS, all Trainees are observed teaching in four separate year groups. They are also required to gather evidence in support of the Teaching Standards.
Trainees have the opportunity to select from either a QTS or PGCE with QTS route. The PGCE route is the more academic option and essential if trainees wish to teach abroad. We offer this through the University of Sussex. Click here to find out more.
We also offer the course part-time (over two academic years). Please feel free to contact us at traintoteach if you would like to discuss either the PGCE component or part-time option.