Dartford Grammar School Primary (37SV)

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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.dartfordgrammarschool.org.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. You will also have a six-week placement which will offer you the opportunity to teach in the alternative Key Stage.

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 subject specific sessions and more general ones which have a holistic approach to educational practices. After Easter, you will be in school four and a half days, KMT training will still take place on Thursday afternoons until the end of May. 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.

To begin the year, you will observe lessons, developing into leading small parts of a lesson or working with small groups, and building until you are teaching 70% of a full timetable by the end of the course. You will be supernumerary, meaning there will always be with a qualified teacher in the room with you. 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.

School placements

A structured interview forms a core part of the recruitment process and will involve the placement school as well KMT representation. 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.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bishop Ridley C of E Primary School
Northumberland Avenue, Welling, Kent, DA16 2QE
Yes
Greenacres Primary School
Witherston Way, Eltham, SE9 3JN
Yes
Millennium Primary School
50 John Harrison Way , Greenwich, London , SE10 0BG
Yes
The Brent Primary School
London Road, Dartford, DA2 6BA
Yes
Timbercroft Primary School
Timbercroft Lane, Plumstead, SE18 2SG
Yes
Wentworth Primary School
Wentworth Drive, Dartford, DA1 3NG
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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)

Personal qualities

In order to train with us you must be:

  • passionate about teaching children
  • highly motivated
  • organised
  • resilient and resourceful
  • independent and proactive
  • self-reflective
  • open to constructive criticism
  • professional
  • a strong and effective communicator

Other requirements

Before the course begins, you will need:

  • at least 10 experience days in a primary school or academy (dependent on Covid Government Guidelines)
  • DBS check
  • 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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 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.

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

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

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.

Interview process

A structured interview forms a core part of the recruitment process and will involve the placement school as well KMT representation. 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.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

As an inclusive partnership, we welcome candidates with disabilities and other additional needs. If you are keen to teach, we will find a way to ensure that your requirements can be accommodated.

Contact this training provider

Email
nkemp@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk
Telephone
01322 223039
Website
http://www.dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk/
Address
Dartford Grammar School
West Hill
Dartford
Kent
DA1 2HW

Support and advice

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