Successful applicant(s) for this course are usually placed at Knole Academy Sevenoaks.
Our well-established and long-running programme provides trainees with the opportunities to undertake a practical and theoretical training programme in a vibrant and dynamic primary or secondary school environment.
Our School Direct programme is delivered in conjunction with our accrediting training provider, the University of Sussex. Trainees will undertake four days of training per week in their placement school and attend the University of Sussex on Fridays to undertake sessions that cover the theory and practice of teaching. Trainees will attend a 3-week induction in September at the University of Sussex, thereafter the main school placements will commence with the first week being comprised of a detailed induction by your school’s professional and subject mentors. Trainees will carry out detailed lesson observations for the first two to three weeks followed by around 5 hours of teaching per week, with the number of hours increasing throughout the year as your professional skills and confidence increases.
Trainees will also continue to have professional development sessions with their relevant mentors throughout the year. Sessions will focus on the development of your subject knowledge and the craft of teaching through observing other teachers, team-teaching, joint planning sessions, etc. We will also organise for our trainees a 6 weeks placement in a complementary school during the latter part of the academic year. This will provide trainees with a comprehensive understanding of teaching in different school environments.
All trainee teachers must demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will keep a portfolio of evidence to show that you have done so.
Part-time participants will undertake the programme over a 2-year training programme with hours increasing year-on-year. During the first year, you will teach two days per week with Fridays at Sussex, and submit the main 6,000 word written assessment comprised of a series of lessons that you will design, teach, evaluate and analyse at Master’s Degree level. In the second year you will teach for three days per week with a 5-week block of teaching at the end of your course.
Successful School Direct trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Sussex worth 60 Masters level credits.
Kent Oaks Consortium
University of Sussex Teacher Training