Schools Direct

Schools Direct training opportunities at MGS 2017-18

As a member of the Mid Kent Learning Alliance, we are offering salaried training opportunities in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computing, Physics and Modern Foreign Languages and This is for the academic Year September 2017- July 2018.

We have great experience of working with trainees in various training programmes and with numerous providers and have successfully inducted many new teachers into the profession.

As a popular and high achieving school, we offer the opportunity for trainees to work with outstanding teachers and gain experience of working with well-motivated and able pupils: boys in Years 7-11, mixed in Years 12 & 13. There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities in which we encourage trainees to participate and make a contribution.

OFSTED has rated us as outstanding in the last two inspections: 2008 and 2013.

Training posts available

Please note that for salaried posts the trainee is paid for the duration of the training as an unqualified teacher and his/ her university fees are paid.

Computing salaried post

Maidstone Grammar School has a long and successful history of delivering Computing at all levels. We currently offer Computer Science at GCSE and A-level, after an introduction to Computing at Key Stage 3. We introduce programming and computational thinking using Scratch and develop programming principles using Microsoft Visual Basic.net. In addition to VB.net, we give our computer scientists the opportunity to use a variety of other programming languages, including Python and assembly language. Maidstone Grammar School has been recognised by Computing at School (CAS) as a Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE). The trainee will be joining an experienced department, lead by a CAS Master Teacher, and will have the opportunity to teach Computer Science.

Physics salaried post

Currently we study the AQA courses in Physics at both Advanced level and GCSE. At MGS approximately half of Key Stage 4 study triple science, resulting in 3 separate science GCSEs and the rest essentially study two thirds of the courses, culminating in Core and Additional Science GCSEs. Every student gets a specialist teacher for each science. Results are very impressive. We benefit from the support of a technician and work in specialist laboratories. We are a supportive and friendly department with a wealth of experience, with three of us having been or currently are Heads of Physics. The trainee will gain experience across all three Key Stages and all three sciences to some degree as well as ample opportunity to specialise in Physics. At MGS the course is well regarded and popular with the boys. We look forward to working with you.

Modern Foreign Languages salaried post

The school has enjoyed specialist Language College status since 2004 and has benefited from significant investment in resources and facilities. We offer French, German and Spanish to Advanced level and Mandarin up to GCSE. In addition, we offer Latin to Advanced level. We have Foreign Language Assistants in all languages to support the pupils in developing their oral confidence. We offer a wide range of foreign visits and the trainee will be encouraged to participate in these. The trainee will work with experienced colleagues and will have the opportunity to work in more than one language.

Chemistry salaried post

Currently we study the AQA courses in Chemistry  at GCSE and the OCR course at Advanced level. At MGS approximately half of Key Stage 4 study triple science, resulting in 3 separate science GCSEs and the rest essentially study two thirds of the courses, culminating in Core and Additional Science GCSEs. Every student gets a specialist teacher for each science. Results are very impressive. We benefit from the support of a technician and work in specialist laboratories.

We are a supportive and friendly department with a wealth of experience. The trainee will gain experience across all three Key Stages and all three sciences to some degree as well as ample opportunity to specialise in Chemistry. At MGS the course is well regarded and popular with the boys (and girls in the sixth form). We look forward to working with you.

Biology salaried post

Currently we study the AQA courses in Biology  at GCSE and the EDEXCEL course at Advanced level. At MGS approximately half of Key Stage 4 study triple science, resulting in 3 separate science GCSEs and the rest essentially study two thirds of the courses, culminating in Core and Additional Science GCSEs. Every student gets a specialist teacher for each science. Results are very impressive. We benefit from the support of a technician and work in specialist laboratories.

We are a supportive and friendly department with a wealth of experience. The trainee will gain experience across all three Key Stages and all three sciences to some degree as well as ample opportunity to specialise in Biology. At MGS the course is well regarded and popular with the boys (and girls in the sixth form) . We look forward to working with you.

Mathematics salaried post

Currently we study the EDEXCEL  GCSE courses in Mathematics at both GCSE and Advanced level. At MGS the results at GCSE are exceptionally good and likewise at Advanced Level the numbers ( in excess of 100 students each year) and results are among the best in the county. We also offer STEP to students needing this qualification for university entrance. A large number of our students continue with mathematics at University.  Every student gets a specialist teacher.

We are a supportive and friendly department with a wealth of experience. We are keen to appoint a well-qualified Mathematician who can work at all levels, including preparation for the STEP We have worked with trainees and NQTs successfully and look forward to working with you.

Training Programme

The School Direct Programmes will be based at Maidstone Grammar School, with the close partnership of Canterbury Christ Church University, an outstanding ITT provider. The programme provided leads to Qualified Teacher Status [QTS] as well as the possibility of a PGCE for suitable candidates.

The package will include:

  • An incremental teaching timetable [Term 1 10%, Term 2 30%, Term 3 50%, Term 4 60%, Term 5 70 % and Term 6 80%];
  • School experience placements elsewhere [15 days];
  • Professional Studies based at Canterbury Christ Church University;(15 days during the year)

Subject Support;

  • Weekly mentoring support from Subject Mentor;
  • Professional Development Programme;
  • Support from school Professional Mentor and CCCU Tutor;
  • PGCE qualification for suitable candidates;
  • Support to secure a teaching position on successful completion of the course.

Qualifications you will need

  • A good honours degree [at least 2:2];
  • GCSEs in Mathematics and English, grade C or above;
  • NARIC equivalency certificates for any degree or school qualification gained outside the UK.
  • If your degree subject does not link closely to the subject you intend to teach, you may improve your ability to gain a place by following a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course
  • Professional Skills Tests [Ideally before interview, but there will be a set period of time post interview].
  • While the School Direct Programme is primarily aimed at career changers, with three or more years’ work experience, we will consider exceptional candidates who do not meet this criteria.

How to apply

Applications for Salaried School Direct Programmes must be made via UCAS at the following site which also contains extensive support regarding the application form. http://www.UCAS.com/apply/teacher-training Further information on the consortium of schools offering training can be found at www.mkla.org.uk

We look forward to receiving applications from those individuals with the commitment and potential to be outstanding teachers who have a desire and determination to make a difference to the lives of our young people. We are holding an open afternoon on Wednesday 23rd November 2.30 – 4.00 for anyone interested in visiting the school to find out more about the programme and talking to staff involved. Please contact Mr Philpott if interested in attending this open afternoon: 

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