KMT is an accredited provider of school based teacher training in the South East and across Kent. We welcome trainees from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience – be it recent graduates from university or experienced professionals looking for a change.
At KMT we’ll support you on your journey. You’ll train to teach in one of our partner schools, spending as much time as possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner as your mentor.
We believe that the most effective way to train to teach is to allow you to spend the maximum time possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner.You’ll benefit from valuable classroom experience and be able to participate as an active member of the school community from day one.
Throughout your training you’ll be supported and assessed as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, often referred to as QTS. Your teaching practice will be observed and you’ll receive guidance and support from your Mentors, Professional Tutors and your KMT hub team.
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 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.
In addition, to complement Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and if you would like to engage more with educational research, you can opt to register for a Distance Learning PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) 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 January, and Easter and June. You will be learning how to teach your subject 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 six-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 between February and Easter.
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in Music or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
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.
In order to train with us you must be:
passionate about your subject
resilient and resourceful
dedicated to educating and supporting young people
open to constructive criticism
a strong communicator
School Direct Salaried is primarily aimed at career changers with three or more years’ work experience.
Before the course begins, you will need:
Before the course begins, you will need:
at least 10 experience days in a secondary school or academy
at least 2 experience days in a primary school or academy
Health check declaration
It is useful to attend at least one school experience day/ 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.
Our fee is £7,495.
For those wishing to ‘top up’ their qualification to the full Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) a further £1,650 (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.
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.
KMT as an Equal Opportunities organisation will always ensure that fair procedures are being followed, therefore, a structured interview forms a core part of our recruitment process. To ensure transparency of our course content, a training provision checklist is made available to candidates prior to the interview.
Your interview will include:
initial meeting between the candidate and the Hub Director to discuss the training provision;
an introductory opening when the interview panel joins;
teaching part of a lesson;
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;
If you are successful at the 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
Support and advice
For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school
experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).
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