TKAT (School Direct) Primary (35S7)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
TKAT SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

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.scitt.tkat.org/

Contents

About the course

Our programme prepares our trainees to be excellent teachers to enable them to deliver high quality, purposeful and inclusive learning experiences, inspiring a love of learning and successful outcomes.

This is achieved through:

  • A school-based programme where trainees work alongside expert colleagues four days a week.

  • Trainees develop their knowledge and understanding of teaching through a weekly Curriculum and Professional Studies (CPS) day delivered at a partner school, the Atkins Centre (Sidcup, DA14 5AA), or through live online learning.

  • All training is underpinned by current high-quality evidence, informed practice and research.

  • The Curriculum and Professional Studies programme combines a pedagogical approach to learning with practical strategies for use in the classroom.

  • Trainees will gain experience from practising teachers as well as specialist speakers in behaviour management, special educational needs and health and well-being, vocal and body language training and equality in education.

  • A two-week induction programme which provides every trainee with the knowledge and skill-base to prepare them for their placement schools, where they will observe expert colleagues in preparation for teaching.

  • Dedicated mentor support throughout the programme with weekly observations and mentor meetings where targets are set to support a trainee’s development in line with SCITT curriculum.

  • Primary subject and curriculum knowledge support from expert practitioners.

  • Experience and understanding of the key stages on either side of the training programme.

  • Supporting trainee teachers to develop strategies that will support their wellbeing and resilience and enable them to meet the professional challenges in their initial years of teaching.

  • Evidence of progress. The course is designed to help trainees demonstrate they have met the curriculum through planning, preparation and assessment of pupils. The programme is assessed through continual course work; there are no final exams.

School placements

Applicants apply for their preferred school (A) placement where they will spend the majority of their training year.

Trainees are required to complete a second (B) placement as part of training.

The second placement (B) will be for six weeks in a contrasting setting. This enables us to ensure that we offer trainees a breadth of experience in their training year. Every effort is taken to place trainees in a school geographically convenient for them, without compromising their training needs.

Our programme is full-time (term time only). Trainees spend four days a week in school and one day a week taking part in curriculum and professional studies at a partner school, the Atkins Centre (Sidcup, DA14 5AA) or via live online sessions.

Trainees have the option of gaining a Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Education (DLPGCE) through Leeds Beckett University. This is a distance learning programme which enhances the theoretical and research understanding of teaching and learning.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Castilion Primary School
Castilion Primary School, Copperfield Road, Thamesmead, London , SE28 8QA
Yes
Drapers Mills Primary Academy & Little Millers Nursery
Drapers Mills Primary Academy & Little Millers Nursery, St Peter’s Footpath, Broadstairs, Kent, CT9 2SR
Yes
East Wickham Primary Academy
East Wickham Primary Academy, Wickham Street, Welling , Kent, DA16 3BP
Yes
Gray’s Farm Primary Academy
Gray’s Farm Primary Academy, Grays Farm Rd, Orpington, Kent, BR5 3BD
Yes
Hillsgrove Primary School
Hillsgrove Primary School, Sidmouth Rd, Welling, Kent, DA161DR
Yes
Holy Trinity Lamorbey Church of England School
Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 9DB
Yes
Lower Halstow Primary School
School Lane, Lower Halstow, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7ES
Yes
Newlands Primary School
Newlands Primary School, Dumpton Lane, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 7AJ
Yes
Old Bexley CofE Primary School
Old Bexley CofE Primary School, Hurst Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 3JR
Yes
Ore Village Primary Academy
Ore Village Primary Academy, Rye Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 5DB
Yes
Pebsham Primary Academy
Pebsham Primary Academy, School Place, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2PU
Yes
Smarden Primary School
Smarden Primary School, Pluckley Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8ND
Yes
St. Paul’s Cray CE Primary School
St. Paul’s Cray CE Primary School , Buttermere Road , Orpington , Kent, BR5 3WD
Yes
St. Paulinus Church of England Primary School
St. Paulinus Church of England Primary School, 18 Iron Mill Lane, Dartford, Kent, DA1 4RW
Yes
The Bewbush Academy
The Bewbush Academy, Dorsten Place, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8XW
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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 equivalences from the following organisations:

  • Equivalency Testing
  • A Star
  • Birmingham City University (BCU) Equivalency testing

Please note that the candidate has to meet all costs for equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

We are seeking well-qualified graduates who have a passion for learning and a commitment to helping children be the best that they can be.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a depth of understanding in their subject knowledge and have the ability and the willingness to develop curriculum and pedagogical knowledge appropriate to the age and phase of the pupils they will be teaching.

Candidates will need to demonstrate their intellectual and academic capabilities to prove that they can meet the requirements of the teaching role.

Other requirements

  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced clearance;
  • A minimum of two satisfactory references;
  • Recommended as medically fit to teach.

(TKAT SCITT meet the cost of the Enhanced DBS, however, if an overseas check is necessary, the additional cost will be met by the trainee).

TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students, and expects all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. Conditional offers will be subject to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £7,250.

We offer two pathways leading to different qualifications. Fees for each pathway are as follows:-

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only - £7,250

or

  • QTS with accreditation for Post- Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters Credits - £9,250

Both costs of these pathways are met by the trainee, although they may be eligible for a student loan via the Student Finance England (SFE).

Primary does not attract a government bursary.

About the training provider

TKAT School Direct (Rainham School for Girls) is the School Direct Lead School for our Kent training hub and TKAT SCITT is the Accredited Training Provider.

Our partner schools under our Kent training hub are:

Secondary:

  • Cleeve Park School
  • Highsted Grammar School
  • Hillview School for Girls
  • Hurstmere School
  • Kemnal Technology College
  • Orchards Academy
  • Thomas Bennett Community College
  • Townley Grammar School
  • Welling School

Primary:

  • Belvedere Junior School
  • Castilion Primary School
  • Dame Janet Primary Academy
  • Drapers Mills Primary Academy
  • East Wickham Primary Academy
  • Gray’s Farm Primary Academy
  • Hillsgrove Primary School
  • Hilltop Primary Academy
  • Holy Trinity Lamorbey CofE Primary School
  • Horton Kirby CofE Primary School
  • Napier Community Primary & Nursery Academy
  • Newlands Primary School
  • Northdown Primary School
  • Old Bexley CofE Primary School
  • Prendergast Primary School
  • Royal Park Primary Academy
  • Smarden Primary School
  • St Paul’s Cray CE Primary School
  • St Paulinus CE Primary School
  • The Bewbush Academy

Trainees can gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Education (DLPGCE) with Masters’ credits. Our HEI Provider responsible for the PGCE is Leeds Beckett University.

We offer a bespoke training programme: every training session is delivered by a highly skilled, experienced teacher. Our training is relevant and responsive to current developments in education and provides a hands-­on approach to classroom practice.

About the accredited body

TKAT SCITT is an accredited ITT Provider offering secondary (11-16) and primary (5-11) school-based initial teacher training awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Education (DLPGCE) with Masters’ credits. Our HEI Provider responsible for the PGCE is Leeds Beckett University.

TKAT SCITT provides primary and secondary teacher training for over 40 schools in our ITT partnership.

We pride ourselves on the communication and support provided to trainees to enable them to successfully complete their training year.

We also support trainees in finding a suitable Early Career Teacher (ECT) post.

Interview process

Candidates take part in a selection and recruitment process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach.

The aim of the interview process is for candidates to demonstrate why they have chosen teaching as a career, demonstrate their subject knowledge and allow us to see their potential to work in the classroom setting.

If successful, candidates will be made a conditional offer of a place on the TKAT SCITT programme, subject to all course requirements being met.

Candidates will be invited to attend an interview. This will either be held virtually online or face-to-face.

Candidates will be asked to plan a lesson which will be discussed during the interview and to prepare a short presenation based on the topic provided.

Candidates will also be given a maths and written task to complete.

Full details will be set out in the candidate’s interview offer letter.

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

Our excellent communication with our ITT partner schools enable us to meet the needs of our trainees wherever possible. Individual support programmes are established at the start of the training programme to ensure trainees’ needs are met.

We believe pastoral support of our trainees is essential. SCITT staff are trained in mental health awareness and all trainees receive professional training to have coping strategies for their mental health and well-being throughout the training programme.

Our Commitment - Equal, Inclusive, Diverse

TKAT is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity by encouraging and welcoming differences, listening to individual experiences, aspirations and accomplishments and learning how to grow better together. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic.

Contact this training provider

Email
scitt@tkat.org
Telephone
020 3740 1808
Website
http://www.scitt.tkat.org/
Address
c/o The Kemnal Academies Trust
The Atkins Centre, Kemnal Technology College, Sevenoaks Way
Sidcup
Kent
DA14 5AA

Support and advice

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You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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