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The Leigh Academy Religious Studies (AW42)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support

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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The training year commences in very late August whereby you attend an induction programme run by Kent & Medway Training. During the induction days, you learn the basics including how to plan a lesson, behaviour management strategies, safeguarding, and go through your online portfolio. You then join your home school for additional induction days which allows you to settle in before the students arrive back for the new year. The course is full-time i.e Monday-Friday, and runs through to late June/early July the following year. You then see the final few weeks of the summer term out with your home school and celebrate your successes before breaking up for the school holidays.

This practical element of the course comprises a mix of classroom-based training with subject mentor support, to academic training where you will be working with experienced professionals on both broader “Professional Studies” lectures at a local KMT hub training centre (Dartford) and more detailed “Subject Studies” training with the other trainees training in the same subject/key stage as you at various locations across the partnership.

All trainees complete two placements during the year in contrasting schools to give variety in your teaching experience. You will have at least one formal lesson observation a fortnight and one mentor meeting each week where you sit with your mentor, discuss your progress and make targets for the following week. You will be expected to attend all school events such as parents’ evenings, after-school clubs, whole school and dedicated trainee training sessions and any other school activity as required.

Over the year, you will be building up a portfolio of evidence (including essays, lesson observations, personal reflections, etc) demonstrating your progress towards meeting the National Teaching Standards. There are a number of Reflective Professional Journals to complete which involve research and essay style elements, approximately 1,500 words each. Deadlines are published well in advance for the RPJs to ensure you can manage your workload. In May-June, you submit your e-portfolio with a view to being awarded Qualified Teacher Status which you then receive in July.

For those completing their PGCE, there are additional assignments set at various times throughout the year.

Throughout the year there will be a number of Leigh Academies Trust networking events held to provide you with even more support, and we have a Graduation Event at the end of the year to celebrate your huge achievements.

School placements

All trainees complete two placements during the year;

  • Placement A: This is the longest placement spanning nearly the whole academic year whereby you are based at your ‘home school’. You are in your school for four and a half days a week. Thursday afternoon is your KMT academic time where you will have either Professional Studies or Subject Studies training, led by experienced practitioners or subject specialists. As you are employed by the school, you will be given a 60% solo teaching timetable from day one. You will have your own form group and will be undertaking all duties as a paid teacher of the school.

  • Placement B: You will be based at a different school for up to 4 weeks, typically around February time, which is considered to be a ’contrast placement’ i.e if your placement A is within a comprehensive school, it’s likely that you’ll be based at a grammar school for placement B, and vice versa. The teaching load remains at 60% and during this time there is a mixture of solo teaching, observations, team-teaching activities, etc. At all times, there will be a classroom teacher available to support you. You then return to your home school to complete the course. Where possible, your B-placement school will be discussed with you in advance and you will be placed in the local area.

  • Placement A(2) is back at your home school where you remain until the end of the academic year. At this point, you’ll be in school for the full 5 days of the week. Professional and Subjects Studies are finished with just one further evening session preparing you for your NQT year.

During your placements and duration of the course, you will be assessed through both lesson observations and your completed portfolio to ensure that you have met the Teaching Standards in full. Our grades are then externally moderated and assuming all goes well, your Newly Qualified Teacher status is confirmed and celebrated at a local Awards Evening.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
The Hundred of Hoo Academy
Main Rd Hoo, Hoo, Rochester, ME3 9HH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • An Honours degree of 2:2 or higher, which should be at least 50% linked to the subject area in which you wish to train. Please contact Leigh Academies Trust for guidance on this, or if you have a third class degree
  • GCSE Maths, level 4/grade C or higher
  • GCSE English, level 4/grade C or higher
  • For those with overseas qualifications, we will need to see confirmation from NARIC of your qualifications being the equivalent of UK degree and GCSEs

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 processes and 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

Deservedly 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 15,000 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 works with over 40 secondary and 40 primary schools in Kent, making them the largest training provider in our area.

At present, 28 of the schools KMT works with are part of Leigh Academies Trust. We have a fantastic mix of primary, secondary and SEN schools across Greenwich, Dartford, Medway and Maidstone. All applications are submitted centrally 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 year.

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 achieved QTS (2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020)
  • 100% trainees Good/Outstanding (2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020)

Training with us 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

Established in 1995, Kent and Medway Training (KMT) have been training teachers for over 25 years and have an incredibly high success rate. KMT work with over 80 schools with the Kent area and offer training routes across a broad range of primary and secondary subject specialisms. The quality of training at KMT is robust and the design of their School-Direct programme gives our trainee teachers maximum exposure to school life, preparing all KMT trainees with the tools they need for a fantastic career in teaching.

Read more about KMT on their website -

Interview process

By the time you are offered an interview, there is an expectation that you will have completed;

  • An informal meeting (phone/face to face/online) with a member of Leigh Academies Trust
  • School Experience Programme (minimum 2 days)
  • A formal teacher training application

We then arrange your interview which is made up of the following (in no particular order);

  • The interview will be held in the potential ‘home-school’
  • The opportunity to observe and participate in lessons, and often deliver part of a lesson for 30 minutes (all information is provided well in advance so that you can prepare)
  • Attend a formal interview with the subject mentor, the academy’s Professional Tutor, a representative from Kent and Medway Training and one from Leigh Academies Trust (all of whom you are likely to have met by this point). The interview lasts 1 hour
  • Sit the KMT entrance tests in your chosen subject area and English (these are provided on the day and need no prior planning)

On the basis that all panel members see great potential in you, you will be made a conditional offer.

Please rest assured that the interview process is not designed to cause stress or anxiety – rather we want to make you feel comfortable so that you can perform at your very best. Remember, we are assessing you as a candidate who has the potential to train to teach… we are not expecting to see the finished article.

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

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