Saint George’s Church of England School
Psychology (R470)

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 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 end of the school 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 at least four days and a half 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. After Easter, you will be in school full time.

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 course director as well as the other teachers and trainees in your school. You will have a weekly mentor meeting to allow you discuss any issues and organise any support you may need.

You will have your own classes and an established timetable. You will focus on teaching KS4 and 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 you development and recording your skills through progress trackers, Reflective Practice Assignments. You are being assessed against the 8 Teachers Standards. Evidence to prove that you are working towards meeting the Standards is collected throughout the year 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 other assignments throughout the year through distance learning with the University of Leeds Beckett.

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

You will have a ‘home’ school which is where you will spend the majority of your training year. Here, you will be learning how to teach your subject by teaching classes, getting weekly feedback and weekly pedagogical sessions at KMT. You will be supported by other members of your department, your mentor and your Professional Tutor.

You will also have a three-week placement in a contrasting school. For example, from a High School to a Grammar School or a single-sex school to a co-educational school. This will usually take place between February and Easter but may happen after the exam classes have left later in the year.

In April and May, you will be finally assessed through both lesson observation and your completed portfolio to ensure that you have met the Teachers’ Standards. The grades are then externally moderated and, if all the elements are completed to a good standard, your Newly-Qualified Teacher (NQT) status is confirmed and celebrated at a local hub-centred Awards Evening.

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).

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

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

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.

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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