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.
Salaried Trainees are paid according to the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale.
If you wish to complete the PGCE there is an additional cost of £1,950.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Dartford Grammar School (DGS) is a vibrant Lead School which works collaboratively to enable schools in the community to recruit quality teachers.
DGS and our partner schools have been working in partnership with Kent and Medway Training (KMT) for many years to ensure that we meet the needs of schools in our community. We provide excellent-quality teacher training to ensure our pupils are taught by the best educators. This partnership has helped to nurture huge numbers of successful teachers, many of whom are now progressing into school management.
DGS as a Lead School is recruiting on behalf of a variety of secondary schools and primary schools and is growing. This variety of settings provides our trainees with opportunities to work in different educational environments. With KMT, you have a Home school where you will be working for most of the year; however, you are also provided with a contrasting placement to allow you to widen your experience and develop your teaching skills in a variety of school contexts.
We welcome candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are dedicated people and wish to become inspirational classroom teachers. The training is delivered by a team of experienced practitioners. There are several layers of support available within KMT and schools. The combination of high quality support and training justifies the excellent success rates in both passing the course and gaining employment.
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’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Dartford Grammar School West Hill Dartford Kent DA1 2HW
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