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Government-Funded Placement For Trainee Teacher Of Geography - Fixed Term

Gad's Hill School, Rochester

  • Ref:KCC886-6007-74T
  • Posted:17/05/2019
  • Pay:Placement for 1 year and receives tax-free funding
  • Start Date:Aug 2019
  • App Close Date:31/05/2019 at 16:00
  • Interviews:to be arranged


The placement on offer is for a graduate of Geography to train via a SCITT place using training provider eQualitas. The placement is for one year, during which the candidate would train towards assessment for Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the academic year in Key Stages 3 and 4 Geography and would then be qualified and equipped to applying for NQT positions. The opportunity to upgrade to an additional PGCE qualification may be available. For the avoidance of doubt, you will not be an employee of the School.  Government funding for the placement is paid directly by the Government to you.

Applicants would first need to apply for the placement at Gad’s and be accepted, then apply for the training position via UCAS for acceptance by the external training provider eQualitas. Help and support would be given by Gad’s and eQualitas in this application.

The trainee will receive DfE funding directly of £26-28,000 tax free, from which £6,000+VAT would need to be paid in tuition fees to eQualitas. The school does not charge for the placement, nor employee the trainee. Students may be able to obtain in addition a student loan for the tuition fee amount.

A trainee teacher at Gad’s meets weekly with a subject-based tutor, and receives weekly training from the ITT Lead along with any other trainees. Trainee teachers receive high quality input to progress towards excellent assessment results for QTS. Trainee teachers have the opportunity at Gad’s to learn in an environment, which provides small classes and high-quality support, enabling the trainee to develop into an excellent teacher equipped for teaching in any setting. Trainee teachers also take part in contrasting placements as part of the training year, which Gad’s arrange.

Training days are provided by eQualitas on a range of topics (included in the tuition fee cost). A subject tutor is also provided by eQualitas. The external tutor visits the student each term to monitor progress towards QTS, keeps in regular contact with the student, and ultimately assesses the student for QTS, which is then verified by an additional external verifier before QTS is awarded.

Information about the school

Gad’s Hill is an independent day school for boys and girls aged three to sixteen years, located near Rochester, Kent. Based within the former home of Charles Dickens, the School is ideally situated with easy access to the M2 motorway and high-speed rail connections to London. The School combines modern facilities with timeless values. The Kindergarten and Junior School occupy purpose-built accommodation opened in 2013. The Senior School occupies Charles Dickens’ former home, along with a range of other buildings including accommodation for specialist and practical subjects. At the present time, the School has 318 pupils on roll and employs around 90 staff, approximately 40 of whom are qualified teachers.

Although we are approaching our first centenary as a school, having been founded in 1924 in the richly historical family home of Charles Dickens, Gad’s Hill is refreshingly free of many of the trappings of other, more overtly traditional private schools. Indeed, Gad’s is a wonderful place to work; the children are genuinely enthusiastic and there is a very positive and welcoming atmosphere. Our challenge is to make the most of our small class sizes and supportive atmosphere to add significant value to every individual.

At present there is no sixth form education at Gad’s and pupils currently depart for local grammar schools (80%) or colleges (15%) or other independents (5%). In the last year we have partnered with the University for the Creative Arts and several of our leavers have commenced Extended Diploma courses with them.

The school operates a good number of after school activities and would welcome new additions to the extra-curricular programme.

Job Contact Information

Fax: Fax: 01474 822977


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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.