GOOD NEWS: Medway Valley Training Partnership schools and academies are recruiting as normal for their teacher training positions for September 2021. Even better news is that all applicants that accepted a place with MVTP for this academic year are currently fully engaged in schools on their teacher training course as normal. OUR COURSES ARE RUNNING!

LESS GOOD NEWS: Given our experience from March – September 2020, (Lockdown) we are expecting an influx of applications for teacher training places this year and places for all subject areas are going to be extremely competitive. A school is likely to only have one place available per subject. ONCE THAT PLACE IS GONE, IT’S GONE. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that you apply early; especially 2021 university graduates and those looking for Primary places. 

CONTACTING MVTP

The MVTP office is located at the Thomas Aveling School and I am available there during school hours only. But PLEASE REMEMBER that I am still a teacher and therefore not always available on the end of a telephone line. However, you can still contact me in one of the following ways.

EMAIL: Either office@mvtp.org or aplank@thomasaveling.co.uk

WEBSITE CONTACT: Click on this link, fill in the required information and select SUBMIT

PHONE: Mobile: 07308 159205 (during office hours only) Please be prepared to leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

SCHOOL EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME

Unfortunately, all school experience visits are postponed until further notice. We can only apologise on behalf of our partner schools as we recognise that this is a useful way that you are able to investigate the training that schools can offer and help you choose the school that you would like to train in but, as I am sure that you appreciate, this is totally beyond our control. GIVEN THIS, we do not require potential applicants to have visited a school before application. 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A COURSE

Look at the Search Teacher Training Courses tab for information on which schools still have vacancies in your subject field.  You can then read about each school in the “Partnerships Schools” tab. It is often worth looking at a school’s homepage but please be careful of any OFSTED report. These are a great source of information if the OFSTED was conducted in the past year or two but older OFSTED reports can be extremely misleading as any school would have evolved in one way or another. If you would like further unbiased advice about any school and their course, I will gladly have a chat through one of the MVTP contact methods.

Once you have chosen a course and school, visit “find postgraduate teacher training”, select Medway Valley Training Partnership as your provider and follow the links to your chosen course and school via the campus code. You then complete a full UCAS application as normal. Once both referees have submitted their references, your application is released to us for consideration.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE AN INTERVIEW?

For the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, all interviews will now be conducted on-line. You will be invited to a conference call which will involve a member of our training provider; Kent and Medway Training, the  Professional Tutor and a Subject Specialist of the school that you have applied to. You will need to electronically send scanned copies of your qualifications along with either a passport or driving licence and a household bill or bank statement with your current address on.

You will need to take any entrance test and/ or audits. This, again, will be on-line and details of the process will be given at the time of interview.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE OFFERED A TRAINING PLACE?

A conditional offer will be made and the conditions will now include gaining school experience in the school of your choice but only if the school reopens to visitors before the end of the academic year.

When the Covid-19 restrictions are finally lifted or on commencement of the course, we will need to meet you with original examination certification and for us to undertake the DBS.

If you have any questions or concerns, then please do not hesitate to contact me. I will give straight answers to questions that will enable you to make an informed choice of course and training provider; even if you do not choose a MVTP or KMT partner school.

In the meantime, please stay safe.

Regards

Andy Plank

 

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