Saint George’s Church of England School Computing (2WJC)

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

Contents

About the course

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 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 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 8 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.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Saint John’s Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School
Rochester Rd, Gravesend, DA12 2JW
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

Other requirements

School Direct Salaried is primarily aimed at career changers with three or more years’ work experience.

Before the course begins, you will need:

  • at least 10 experience days in a secondary school or academy (if School and Government Guidelines allow)
  • at least 2 experience days in a primary school or academy (if School and Government Guidelines allow)
  • DBS check
  • Health check declaration

It is useful to attend at least one school experience day or informal chat with a school representative before applying so that you can get a feel for the chosen school.

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 £1,950 (subject to change).

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Saint George’s Church of England School is part of the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust and an OfSTED graded “Good with Outstanding Leadership” 11-18 Secondary School in Gravesend, Kent. An over-subscribed school, we have a long history of training teachers and a large number of our current teaching body were trained at the school. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, believing the Arts, sport and vocational subjects are as equally important as the traditional subjects. Saint George’s is a christian school as opposed to a school for Christians where we pride ourselves on our diverse and welcoming community and school ethos of everyone being “All different, all equal”. We work in partnership with a number of schools (there are 6 Primary Schools in the trust and we will be opening a Primary on our site in the next year) and, as a Lead School for KMT, send applications to 3 other Secondary schools in the area as well as the aforementioned Primary Schools. Our buildings are traditional but the teaching that happens within them is in line with the 21st century. We are a hub school for KAGAN strategies (a technique for collaborative learning) and were a pilot school for the Shanghai inspired maths mastery programme.

About the accredited body

Kent and Medway Training (KMT) is a highly regarded and successful Schools Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider (SCITT) which has been successfully training teachers for over 25 years. With School Direct our reputation has seen us grow tremendously KMT offer training which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and our partnership arrangement with The University of Leeds Beckett gives our trainees the opportunity to access a PGCE Top-Up qualification while they train or in the first two years of teaching. This offers Masters Level credits.

Interview process

A structured interview forms a core part of every recruitment process. Non-salaried trainees will be required to give a presentation to the interview panel following instructions that will be provided within the interview invitation. 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 the candidate is successful at interview, a conditional offer will be made.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from those with disabilities and regularly train and support students with dyslexia and mental health problems. Our accreditation partners, Kent and Medway Training, offer support and help with strategies for ensuing that Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar are accurate in, especially, work that is handed out to school pupils. We have 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. 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
ARMSTRONGN@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk
Telephone
01474533082
Website
http://www.saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk
Address
Meadow Rd
Gravesend
Kent
DA11 7LS

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