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.