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The Leigh Academy Art and design (B791)

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://leighacademiestrust.org.uk/train-to-teach/welcome-to-teacher-training/
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Contents

Course summary

The course begins on the first day of INSET training with the rest of the staff, integrating you into the staff body, and will continue until the end of the academic year. You will also have a three-week placement in a contrasting school to help to broaden your experience.

You will be in schools for four and a half 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 Thursday afternoons, 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.

You will be supported by a network of established professionals, including a subject mentor in your school, usually a subject specialist, your Professional Tutor, your KMT Lead Mentor and Hub Director as well as the other teachers and trainees in your school. You will have a weekly mentor meeting to allow you to discuss any issues and organise any support you may need.

From the beginning of the year, you will be given a teaching timetable up to 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 formally observed once a week in order to receive feedback and make progress.

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 Teachers’ Standards. At the early and mid stage of your training, we are using the KMT Curriculum to monitor your progress.

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.

School placements

You will have a ‘Home’ school which is where you will spend the majority of your training year. You will be supported by a mixture of expert teachers in order to learn how to teach your subject.

You will also have a three-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 before 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Art and design 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.

Salary

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.

Interview process

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 and English proficiencies will be checked.

If you are successful at 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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