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Graduate Secondary Teaching Scheme (GSTS)

Fee Waiver at the Home/EU rate, maintenance stipend of £15,009 (2019/20 rate), plus travel allowance and 

The Graduate Secondary Teaching Scheme (GSTS) provides a unique opportunity for exceptional Kent graduates to continue with their academic studies, while working towards a teaching qualification at one of the Universities sponsored schools. 
How does the scheme work?
 
Successful candidates will be funded to train on a part-time basis to work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at a University of Kent Academies Trust (UKAT) sponsored school, while also studying for a Masters or PhD part-time, over a three or five year period. 
For Masters students, years one and two include registration with e-Qualitas (our online teacher training provider), and candidates work towards gaining QTS in a supernumerary capacity. The candidate would gain their Masters at the end of year two. On successful completion of QTS, the candidate would be offered a full-time position in year three as a salaried Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at the school, undertaking the remainder of their training at the school. Our ultimate goal is that successful candidates would teach salaried within the UKAT trust long-term and permanently.
 
For PhD students, years one and two include registration with e-Qualitas (our online teacher training provider), and candidates work towards gaining QTS in a supernumerary capacity. In years three and four candidates are qualified in QTS and work part-time towards their NQT status, whilst working part-time on their PhD. In year five, candidates would work as a part-time qualified and salaried member of staff at the school while writing up their PhD thesis. Our ultimate goal is that successful candidates would teach salaried within the UKAT trust long-term and permanently. 
What are the benefits of the scheme?

The scheme offers the following benefits: 

  • A guaranteed annual income of at least £15,009 for students on the programme, plus an additional £250 per annum travel allowance for the period of training 
  • No postgraduate tuition fees 
  • Teacher-training fees (in excess of £7000) paid for you 
  • A guaranteed school placement for the duration of the scheme (to include QTS and NQT)  
  • A flexible, responsive online learning provider (e-Qualitas) that adapts learning and assessments to the particular needs and timetables of GSTS participants 
  • The opportunity to develop your teaching experience through observation and practical application of your learning in years 1 and 2 in supernumerary status, working alongside teachers rather than having your own class and the corresponding pressure that it brings 
  • Continued support of Kent staff 
  • Access to a community of Kent graduates also training to teach

Criteria

Who should consider applying? 
High achieving Kent students, with a strong interest in teaching and an equal desire to continue with postgraduate study (either Masters or PhD), can apply for this scheme. Candidates must wish to teach a shortage secondary teaching subject (as defined by the Department for Education). Please find further details of these subjects on: //getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview. 
Regretfully, the scheme does not accept applications from Tier 4 visa holders.

How to apply

Recruitment for the scheme usually takes place in the autumn term but, due to the highly specific profile of candidates, we will consider applications up to the end of the summer term. Please apply via the application portal at: https://ap.heat.ac.uk/apply/form/22351/gsts-application For further details, please contact Rebecca Spink, Projects Manager, Partnership Development Office: rs82@kent.ac.uk

Deadline

There is no deadline, applications are considered throughout the Summer into the Autumn Term.


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