Saint George’s Church of England School
Drama (3CSR)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
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 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
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 middle of June. This is so you can begin working in July in those schools that offer an early start. You will also have a six-week placement in a contrasting school to help to broaden your experience.

You will be in schools for four 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 Thursdays, 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. After Easter, you will be in school full time.

Your studies gradually build from observing teachers and lessons to working with your mentor in team planning and teaching until by the end of the course, teaching 60% of a full timetable. At all times, there will be the classroom teacher available to support you nearby.

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 progress trackers and Reflective Practice Assignments. You are being assessed against the 8 Teachers Standards. Evidence that you are working towards meeting the Standards is collected through your day to day practice.

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 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.

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.

The candidate will also be asked to sit KMT entrance tests.

If the candidate is successful at interview, a conditional offer will be made

How school placements work

All applicants have the opportunity at application, to apply for the school of their choice. If appointed, that school becomes the trainee’s “home” school and is responsible for the majority of the training; subject to the course requirements and quality assurance of the accrediting provider, Kent and Medway Training. The training year is split into three placements:

  • Placement A is at your home school and runs from the beginning of the academic year until the end of January. You are in school for four days a week. Thursdays are your KMT academic days where you will have either Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners or Subject Studies training, led by subject specialists.
  • Placement B is at a contrasting school. For example, if your home school is a High School, you B-placement could be a Grammar School. It runs from February to Easter where you continue to improve your teaching skills through teaching classes to school-led training sessions. Thursday remain your KMT academic day where you continue with Professional Studies, led by experienced practitioners or Subject Studies training, led by subject specialists.

  • Placement A2 is back at your home school where you stay from Easter until the completion of your course in June. You will be in school for the full 5-day week. Professional and Subjects studies are finished with just one further evening session preparing you for your Newly Qualified Teacher year.

During this placement you will be finally assessed through both lesson observation 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 hub- centred Awards Evening.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £7,100
International students £7,100

The fee of £7100 is the cost for all trainees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only. This fee is payable by all non-salaried trainees but payable by the home school for salaried trainees.

For those wishing to ‘top up’ their qualification to the full Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1950 (subject to change) will be payable to the University of Leeds Beckett who are our PGCE accredited body. This fee is payable by both salaried and non-salaried trainees.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Find out about any financial support in terms of tax-free bursaries, tuition-fee loans or maintenance loans at the Get Into Teaching Website: Get Into Teaching

Requirements

Qualifications

-An Honours degree of 2:2 or better preferably in the Subject specialist area in which you are to train. -GCSE Maths pass of Grade C/ Level 4 or better. -GCSE English pass of Grade C/ Level 4 or better. -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

  • Strong and dedicated professionals
  • Resilient
  • Proactive and creative
  • Open to feedback and guidance
  • Passionate about developing pupil learning and well being
  • Strong in their subject knowledge
  • Positive in their communication skills
  • Genuinely aiming to become an outstanding practitioner
  • Enjoy working with children and young adults to enable them better life opportunities

Other requirements

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 and what it can offer as a training placement.

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 (http://www.kmtraining.org.uk/index.php/home), also known as KMT are our accredited provider and they work with 37 secondary schools and a large number of Primary school based in the 3 geographical areas of:

  • West Kent (include schools in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Paddock Wood),
  • Dartford and Gravesend (one school is in Eltham)
  • Medway/Maidstone (with schools in Rochester, Strood, Chatham, Gillingham and Maidstone)

KMT runs the School Direct programme in conjunction with their training schools and has a long history of great success in training teachers in the South East.

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 details

Email
SHIBLIN@sgsce.co.uk
Telephone
01474533082
Website
http://www.saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk
Address
Meadow Rd
Gravesend
Kent
DA11 7LS

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