Apply now to get on a course starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year

Courses can fill up at any time, so you should apply as soon as you can.

If you’re applying for the first time since applications opened in October 2021, apply no later than 6pm on 6 September 2022.

If your application did not lead to a place and you’re applying again, apply no later than 6pm on 20 September 2022.

The Leigh Academy Primary (2ZXD)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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Course summary

The course begins on the first day of your home school’s INSET training with the rest of the teaching staff (typically in the last week of August), and will continue until the middle of June. You will also have a six-week placement in a contrasting school to help to broaden your experience in a different Key Stage.

You will be in schools four days a week where you will be involved in observations, teaching, staff training, parents’ evenings, school meetings, extra-curricular clubs: all the facets of a teacher’s school life. On Thursdays, you will have your pedagogical training with KMT that provides a mixture of subject specific sessions and more general ones which have a holistic approach to educational practices. After Easter, you will be in school four and a half days; KMT training will still take place on Thursday afternoons until the end of May.

You will be supported by a network of established professionals, including a school-based mentor, your KMT Lead Mentors and Course Directors as well as the other teachers and trainees in your school. You will have a weekly mentor meeting to allow you to discuss the progress you have made and the support you might need to develop your practice effectively.

To begin the year, you will observe lessons, developing into leading small parts of a lesson or working with small groups, and building until you are teaching 70% of a full timetable by the end of the course. You will be supernumerary meaning there will always be with a qualified teacher in the room with you. You will be formally observed once a week in order to receive constructive feedback that will help you develop into an effective teacher.

As well as your teaching, you will be working on charting your development and recording your skills through a Progress Tracker and Reflective Practice Assignments. At the late stage of your training, you are being assessed against the 8 Teachers’ Standards.

For those wishing to obtain the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as QTS, you can top up your qualification by completing additional assignments if you decide to complete the Evidence Informed Practice offered through distance learning with Leeds Beckett University (at an additional cost).

There are a number of LAT networking events to provide you with more support including a graduation event at the end of the year.

School placements

You will have a ‘Home’ school which is where you will spend the majority of your training year, between September and mid-February, and Easter and June. You will be learning how to teach in either KS1 or KS2 by slowly building up to teaching full lessons and then building up your number of lessons. You will be supported by a mixture of expert teachers.

You will also have a six-week B Placement which will offer you the opportunity to teach in the alternative Key Stage. This will take place between mid-February and Easter.

In April and May, you will be finally assessed through both lesson observations and your completed portfolio to ensure that you have met the Teachers’ Standards. If you are successful, your QTS award will be confirmed during our final Exam Board.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bearsted Primary Academy
Popesfield Way, Weavering, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5GA
Bearsted Primary Academy
Popesfield Way, Weavering, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5GA
Cherry Orchard Primary Academy
Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet, Kent, DA10 1AD
Dartford Primary Academy
York Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1SQ
Eastcote Primary Academy
Eastcote Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 2ST
Hartley Primary Academy
Round Ash Way, Hartley, Kent, DA3 8BT
High Halstow Primary Academy
Harrison Drive, Rochester, Kent, ME3 8TF
Horsmonden Primary Academy
Back Lane, Horsmonden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 8NJ
Langley Park Primary Academy
Edmett Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3FX
Marden Primary Academy
Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9JX
Milestone Academy
Ash Road, New Ash Green, Dartford, Kent, DA3 8JZ
Molehill Primary Academy
Hereford Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7ND
Oaks Primary Academy
Oak Tree Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9AX
Paddock Wood Primary Academy
Old Kent Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6JE
Peninsula East Primary Academy
Allhallows Road, Lower Stoke, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9SL
Snowfields Academy
Popesfield Way, Weavering, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5GA
The Hundred of Hoo Academy (Primary Phase)
Main Road, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9HH
Tree Tops Primary Academy
Brishing Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9EZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

We accept Level 2 in English, Maths and Science only.

Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.

Personal qualities

If you answer ‘yes’ to the following statements, you have the soft-skills that we are seeking;

  • I am seeking a career that promotes creative thinking
  • I enjoy working with children/young adults and have a passion to improve their lives
  • I am patient with a calm demeanour
  • I can multi-task when in a distracting environment
  • I am open-minded and adaptable
  • I strive to find solutions when faced with a problem
  • I am a confident public speaker
  • I have a genuine passion for my subject
  • I have excellent time management and organisational skills

Other requirements

Leigh Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding children and successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust selection processes and pre-employment checks which are in place across the Trust.

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 £7,100 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 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1,950 (subject to change) 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.

Financial support from the training provider

Find out about any financial support in terms of tax-free bursaries, tuition-fee loans or maintenance loans at the Get Into Teaching Website: Get Into Teaching

About the training provider

Identified as one of the most successful multi-academy trusts in the UK, Leigh Academies Trust (LAT) is a medium-sized trust who make a positive impact on over 20,000 student’s lives in the Kent and South East London areas.

The Leigh Academy, the founding school of LAT, has worked in partnership with Kent and Medway Training (a School Centred Initial Teacher Training provider) for many years and have achieved great successes together, training more and more teachers every year. KMT now work with over 40 secondary and 40 primary schools in Kent, making them the largest training provider in our area.

At present, 31 of the schools KMT work with are part of LAT. We have a fantastic mix of primary, secondary and SEN schools across Greenwich, Dartford, Medway and Maidstone. All applications are handled by LAT’s central Recruitment Team and from working with you closely to assess your needs, skills and location, we partner you with the academy who will offer you the best training.

Our training programme is available for recent graduates, career changers, teaching assistants and unqualified teachers with a degree who share the same goal; to become a qualified teacher.

  • 100% trainees were graded at a high standard (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Training with LAT allows you to be part of what we do best; collaborate. Working with your highly skilled mentor and education experts, you’ll receive recent and relevant information to the education sector which you can put into practice.

About the accredited body

At KMT, we believe that our school-centred approach to initial teacher training within a strong community of schools results in a programme that prepares our associate teachers effectively for their early careers and beyond. Our hub-based model ensures that trainee teachers receive personalised training suitable for their local context.

Each hub provides you with the opportunity to further enhance your training experience in a variety of educational settings. As a result of KMT’s evidence-informed, carefully-sequenced, ambitious curriculum, associate teachers emerge fully prepared for the profession and equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to continue to develop and thrive.

Interview process

A structured interview forms a core part of every recruitment process. Non-salaried trainees will be required to give a presentation to the interview panel following instructions that will be provided within the interview invitation, based on a hypothetical lesson. For salaried trainees an interview involving planning and teaching a lesson to a class will be required as part of the suitability assessment criteria.

A training provision checklist will be provided to candidates prior to the interview for them to read through. A short period of time will be allocated at the start of the interview to allow the candidates to ask any questions they may have in relation to the training provision offered by Kent and Medway Training (KMT).

Successful interviews have a clear structure which helps keep the panel objective and focused throughout. However, this must allow flexibility and the necessary freedom for skilled interviewers to use probing, supplementary and additional questions as required to ascertain the candidate’s resilience and dedication to teaching.

An interview format should cover:

  • initial meeting between the candidate and the Course Director to discuss the training provision;
  • an introductory opening when the interview panel joins;
  • a schedule of questions which are asked by panel members;
  • space for candidates to raise any issues or ask their own questions;
  • the close of the interview, explanation of what will happen next;
  • Maths, English and Science proficiencies will be checked.

If you are successful at interview, a conditional offer will be made.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

KMT and LAT welcome applications from and are supportive of those with disabilities, including mental, physical and/or learning-related. Every year, we have great success with trainees who have a variety of disabilities and our flexible approach lends itself well to this.

For those with dyslexia and other similar disabilities, we teach strategies for ensuring that spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate, especially in work that is handed out to pupils or in correspondence with parents.

We have also introduced a programme of support for those with mental health conditions and further advice as to where to gain specialist support should you need it. Leigh Academies Trust put staff well-being at the heart of everything we do and have a number of strategies to mitigate stress in the workplace. We want you to thrive in every way possible.

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.

Contact this training provider

01634 412 240
Leigh Academies Trust Head Office
Carnation Road

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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