Saint George’s Church of England School is a Lead School for Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust, a School Direct and a Hub Training Centre for Kent and Medway Training (KMT) which is our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) partner http://www.kmtraining.org.uk/
In partnership with Kent and Medway Training, we endeavour to ensure that trainees have the relevant, quality exposure to both the practical and theoretical elements of the course and have the opportunity to network regularly with others embarking on the same subject studies at other training institutions.
Our hub currently includes six primary schools:
St Botolph’s – http://www.st-botolphs.kent.sch.uk/
Shorne – http://www.shorne.kent.sch.uk/
Rosherville Church of England Academy – http://www.rosherville.co.uk/
Horton Kirby – https://www.hortonkirbycesch.org/
Sutton-at-Hone – https://www.sutton-at-hone.kent.sch.uk
Stone – http://www.stone.kent.sch.uk
and four secondary schools:
Saint George’s – http://www.saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk/
Mayfield Grammar – http://www.mgsg.kent.sch.uk/
Northfleet School for Girls – http://www.nsfg.org.uk
St John’s Catholic School – https://www.stjohnscs.com
As well as our work with KMT we also host and train trainees from Teach First.
Last year all our School Direct Associate Teachers and trainees successfully completed their placements and found employment in local schools and some within the partnership. We pride ourselves on our 100% success rate.
In addition to that we had 100% success rate on all our NQT induction year. This is as a result of delivering a high quality post training programme of support in the first year of all our qualified teachers building on all their strengths and areas for further development since gaining QTS.
If you are interested in a teaching career and would like to experience life in a secondary or primary school environment, then sign up for one of our taster days through our School Experience Programme. You will be given the opportunity to observe lessons, meet our students and our current trainee teachers as well as gain real experience of what it is like to train and teach at Saint George’s and/or our other partnership schools. Simply contact Natasha Armstrong at ARMSTRONGN@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk
In partnership with the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) the Aletheia School Improvement Officer facilitates regional NPQML and NPQSL programmes. These take place at least annually and offer staff in our schools direct access to high quality training. Working with OLP, senior leaders in our schools are also offered facilitation training to enable them to co-deliver the programmes alongside the Senior Improvement Officer.
TEACHING AS A CAREER – SCHOOL DIRECT
School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a SCITT – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). These courses start at the beginning of an academic year and finish at the end of June in that same academic year. The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train. This course will result in you achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
School Direct (Salaried)
If you’re a graduate and have been working for three years or morein any career, School Direct (salaried) courses are available for you. On this school-led option, you’re selected directly by the school or partnership of schools you apply to – and you’ll earn a salary during your training. Schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you. This is a great choice if you want to stay in the world of work, as you’ll be employed as an unqualified teacher during your training while you learn ‘on the job’. You are likely to have classes, on your own, from day one. As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you’ll be surrounded by experienced teachers and mentors to support you from the start. The principles of academic rigour on School Direct (salaried) are the same as on university-led courses, too.
Our School Direct courses can also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) which you will need to fund yourself – you can check the exact details of individual courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site. Your training cost to achieve QTS is covered by the school. The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in but this year salaried trainees have been paid scale 1 on the unqualified teacher pay scheme.
Your work experience does not have to be from a career in education, but generally applies to the years following graduation. Please ask the schools you are interested in applying to about their recruitment arrangements, but please remember the minimum requirement to access the salaried route is three years full time employment since graduating. In rare cases, some schools may accept applications from high-quality candidates with fewer than three years’ work experience.
Remember that generous tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 are available to train to teach some secondarysubjects. This may make better financial sense to you than a School Direct (salaried) course, where you’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher.
School Direct (Non Salaried):
In our School Direct (non-salaried) programme with KMT you will:
How to apply: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training
Return To Teaching Programme:
If you are considering returning to teaching, the transition may be much easier than you expect. Whether you left to bring up a family or explore a different career, there is a lot of support available to help you become one of the thousands of teachers who come back to the profession each year. Find out about getting back into a career where you can make a real difference every day.