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Valence School

Trainee Teacher


Full-time 1.0 FTE for one academic year - Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University.

Would you like to become an excellent teacher?

Valence School has a vacancy for a School Direct placement starting September 2021 for Primary, P.E. or English trainee teachers.

The School Direct programme is delivered in partnership with schools, providing a SEN-specific in-school training programme.  The key feature of this course is that the majority of the year is spent on placement working alongside experienced colleagues within the school.  You will be assessed regularly throughout the course against the teaching standards and will become qualified to teach in both mainstream and SEN settings.

The course aims to harness the knowledge and experience of school colleagues in the delivery of courses, working in partnership with the experience of accredited Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers.  Schools, and the mentors within them, provide the vast majority of the training.   Schools benefit by being more directly involved in student recruitment and the delivery of the course.

For the Primary ITT you will be based in the primary phase, including a one term placement in a mainstream setting.   For the P.E.  and English ITT you will be based in the secondary phase, including a one term placement in a mainstream setting.

The course will take one academic year to complete.

You will need to have a degree (honours, 2nd class and above preferred) and English and Maths GCSE (Grade C and above).

This is a School Direct non salaried position (see Fees and Finance section for further information) with the opportunity to gain a PGCE (self funded).

Please apply directly to UCAS via the government postgraduate teacher training portal:

Primary Initial Teacher Training

P.E. Initial Teacher Training

English Initial Teacher Training

If you would like further information please contact the HR team

Applications open from 13 October 2020 on a rolling recruitment so you are encouraged to apply early.

Valence School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every student and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  References will be taken up before interview and the successful applicant will require an enhanced DBS check.