The Leigh Academy History (2ZY2)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://leighacademiestrust.org.uk/train-to-teach/welcome-to-teacher-training/

Contents

Course summary

KMT is an accredited provider of school based teacher training in the South East and across Kent. We welcome trainees from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience – be it recent graduates from university or experienced professionals looking for a change.

At KMT we’ll support you on your journey. You’ll train to teach in one of our partner schools, spending as much time as possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner as your mentor. We believe that the most effective way to train to teach is to allow you to spend the maximum time possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner.You’ll benefit from valuable classroom experience and be able to participate as an active member of the school community from day one. Throughout your training you’ll be supported and assessed as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, often referred to as QTS. Your teaching practice will be observed and you’ll receive guidance and support from your Mentors, Professional Tutors and your KMT hub team.

From the beginning of the year, you will be given a teaching timetable of a maximum of 70%. You will focus on teaching KS3 and KS4 but may also get the opportunity to teach some KS5.

You will be in schools for 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 specific Subject Studies, looking at aspects of teaching your specialism, and the more general Professional Studies sessions, which have a holistic approach to educational practices.

In addition, to complement Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and if you would like to engage more with educational research, you can opt to register for a Distance Learning PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Leeds Beckett University.

School placements

You will have a ‘Home’ school which is where you will spend the majority of your training year, between September and January, and Easter and June. You will be learning how to teach your subject 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 placement in a contrasting school. For example, from a non selective to a Grammar School or a single-sex school to a mixed school. This will usually take place between February and Easter.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in history 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.

We accept Level 2 in English and Maths only.

Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.

Personal qualities

In order to train with us you must be:

  • passionate about your subject
  • resilient and resourceful
  • dedicated to educating and supporting young people
  • self-reflective
  • open to constructive criticism
  • professional
  • proactive
  • a strong communicator
  • be organised

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.

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.

Salary

Salaried Trainees are paid according to the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale. The school will cover your fees to KMT for QTS. If you wish to complete the PGCE there is an additional cost of £1,650 (subject to change).

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.

Interview process

KMT as an Equal Opportunities organisation will always ensure that fair procedures are being followed, therefore, a structured interview forms a core part of our recruitment process. To ensure transparency of our course content, a training provision checklist is made available to candidates prior to the interview.

Your interview will include:

  • initial meeting between the candidate and the Hub Director to discuss the training provision;
  • an introductory opening when the interview panel joins;
  • teaching part of a lesson;
  • 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;

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

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

Email
talent@latrust.org.uk
Telephone
01634 412 240
Website
https://leighacademiestrust.org.uk/train-to-teach/welcome-to-teacher-training/
Address
Leigh Academies Trust Head Office
Carnation Road
Rochester
Kent
ME2 2SX

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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