The course begins on the first day of INSET training (the last week of August) with the rest of the staff, and will continue until the end of the school year. You also have a three-week placement in a contrasting school in the alternative Key Stage to help to broaden your experience in Jan/Feb.
You will be in schools for four and a half days a week where you will be involved in all the facets of a teacher’s school life. On Thursday afternoons, 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.
You will be supported by a network of established professionals, including a school base 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.
You will have your own class and an established timetable. 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.
In addition, for those wishing to obtain the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be able to top up your qualification by paying an extra fee and completing additional assignments if you decide to complete the Evidence Informed Practice offered through distance learning with Leeds Beckett University.
You will have a ‘Home’ school which is where you will spend the majority of your training year, between September and December/January, and January/February and June. You will be learning how to teach in either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 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 three-week B Placement which will offer you the opportunity to teach in the alternative Key Stage. This will take place in January/February.
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
Ash Road, New Ash Green, Dartford, Kent, DA3 8JZ
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.
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
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.
For a salaried teacher training place, you will also need to evidence a minimum of 3 years’ work experience to be eligible for this route.
The salary is in line with the National Unqualified Teacher Payscale and the point you are placed on depends on your experience. We are open to negotiation, where suitable.
The home school that employs you will pay, on your behalf, 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 the additional fee of £1,950 to Leeds Beckett University.
Fees and financial support
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.
A structured interview forms a core part of every recruitment process. For salaried trainees, an interview involving planning and teaching a lesson 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 Hub 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.
You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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.
Leigh Academies Trust Head Office Carnation Road Rochester Kent ME2 2SX
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