Train with us
Why Train with us?
At Beyond School Trust we are dedicated to providing a teacher training experience that equips trainees with the skills necessary to meet the challenges for a successful career in the teaching profession, whether you intend to teach within the selective education system or the non-selective sector. We are extremely proud of both the standard of our ITT programme and of the array of opportunities afforded to our students. The Trust has run an NQT+1 programme for several years so we are fully ready to evolve to the new Early Careers Framework for new teachers.
Within our Trust, The Thomas Aveling School is the Lead School for the Medway Valley Training Partnership (MVTP) for Schools Direct and a Hub Training Centre for our Initial Teaching Education (ITE) partner Kent and Medway Training (KMT). Alongside Kent and Medway Training, we strive to ensure that trainees have the relevant, quality exposure to both the practical and theoretical elements of the course, and have the opportunity to regularly network-meet others embarking on the same subject studies at other training institutions. Medway Valley Training Partnership incorporate an ever increasing range of local secondary and primary schools throughout Medway and beyond. We are also directly linked to local schools in both the Medway Teaching and Schools Alliance (MTSA) and the New Horizons Consortium.
In addition to our work with KMT we also welcome trainees from both Canterbury Christchurch and Greenwich Universities. Annually more than 40 trainees passed through Beyond Schools. Nearly all trainees are successfully employed in their first teaching post within the Trust.
Kent and Medway Training (KMT) is a highly regarded and successful Schools Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider (SCITT) which has been training teachers for over 25 years. We work in collaboration with a variety of schools, including those within the Medway Valley Training Partnership. With MVTP we offer training which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and our partnership arrangement with The University of Brighton gives our trainees the opportunity to access a PGCE Top-Up qualification, while they train or in the first two years of teaching, which offers Masters Level credits.
KMT provides training in General Primary teaching and in a range of Secondary subjects. We recruit jointly with schools, which ensures that all trainees:
establish strong links with their “home school” before training begins;
benefit from a training placement in their home school from September until February;
complement this with a placement in a contrasting school;
return to their home school to complete their training by the end of June.
Trainees learn to teach in the classroom, guided by experienced, current practitioners, which enables them to develop their own skills and techniques, equipping them for their future career. An exceptionally high number of KMT School Direct trainees gain their first teaching post in the schools in which they train, ensuring a smooth transition into their first year as a Newly-Qualified Teacher (NQT). Building on the success of Schools Led Initial Teacher Training, the KMT Consortium has expanded to include 34 Secondary schools throughout the Medway, Maidstone, Gravesend, Tonbridge, and Dartford areas as well as training teachers in Primary schools and Special schools.
Regular KMT centre-based training at the Leigh Academy in Dartford is now supplemented by more local training opportunities within three regional hubs including training based at The Medway Valley Training Partnership’s Lead School – The Thomas Aveling school, Rochester. Trainees spend four days a week in placement schools to gain practical teaching experience. They also participate in school-based training programmes.
KMT’s Professional Studies programme of lectures, workshops and tutorials supports the development of generic teaching skills. There are also valuable opportunities to meet fellow trainees in specific Subject Studies sessions to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to support the teaching of a specific subject or age range. Alongside their time in the classroom, trainees also complete Reflective Professional Journal (RPJ) tasks. This gives trainees the opportunity to explore educational theory and research and to reflect on their own developing practice. It also enables trainees to meet the Teaching Standards for the award of QTS.
Training with KMT gives trainees an excellent opportunity to become a good or outstanding teacher in the future. In 2015/16 98% of teachers trained by KMT schools were graded as good or outstanding and 97% are now employed as teachers, the majority within KMT schools. In September 2016, over 130 trainees will begin their training with KMT; the majority of these were recruited jointly with KMT schools. The government have acknowledged that the future of Initial Teacher Training is via the School Direct route, and KMT is set to expand still further as our schools request more training places in the future.