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 school year. You will also have a three-week placement in a contrasting school in the alternative Key Stage 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 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 subject specific sessions and more general ones which have a holistic approach to educational practices.
You will be supported by a network of established professionals, including a school base mentor, your KMT Lead Mentors and Course Directors as well as the other teachers and trainees in your school. You will have a weekly mentor meeting to allow you to discuss the progress you have made and the support you might need to develop your practice effectively.
You will have your own class and an established timetable. You will be formally observed once a week in order to receive constructive feedback that will help you develop into an effective teacher.
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.
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.
You will have a ‘Home’ school which is where you will spend the majority of your training year, between September and December/January, and January/February and June. You will be learning how to teach in either KS1 or KS2 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 three-week B Placement which will offer you the opportunity to teach in the alternative Key Stage. This will take place in January/February.
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.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We accept Level 2 in English and Maths only.
Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.
We accept equivalency in a single science (e.g. Biology)
In order to train with us you must be:
passionate about teaching children
resilient and resourceful
independent and proactive
open to constructive criticism
a strong and effective communicator
Before the course begins, you will need:
at least 10 experience days in a primary school or academy (dependent on Covid Government Guidelines)
Health check declaration
It is useful to attend at least one school experience day before application so that you can get a feel for the chosen school and what it can offer as a training placement.
The salary is normally at the “unqualified teacher” point 1 on the salary scale.
Should you wish to top up your qualification to the full Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) you will be responsible for those extra fees of £1950
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.
A structured interview forms a core part of the recruitment process and will involve the placement school as well KMT representation. 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 KMT.
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 motivation, resilience and dedication to teaching.
An interview format should cover:
Initial meeting between the candidate and the Course 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 following an offer.
If the candidate is successful at interview, a conditional offer will be made.
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.
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