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It is never too late to train to teach!

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Applications for both primary and secondary school initial teacher training with Teach Kent & Sussex continue to be open! Richard Tyson, Director for this Tunbridge Wells based organisation talks us through the opportunity to make a complete career change from as early as this September.  

It is never too late to train to teachSince COVID-19 many parents will have found themselves in the unexpected position of being a teacher and home schooling their children whilst also trying to complete their own work from home. I know from my own experience that this will have not been without some challenge. Great tenacity and superlative organisation are required to help children get into a routine for learning at home, explaining work set by schools and keeping children motivated. In homes across the country I have no doubt that there will have been moments of despair.

Yet, amidst that challenge I suspect there will have been moments of joy, elation and excitement as parents see their child succeeding and really ‘getting something’ for the first time. The smile of satisfaction on the face of a child who understands and can complete their work well is a reminder that all that hard work was worthwhile.

‘Great teachers are able to open doors of opportunity’

Teachers across the country know that working with young people always brings challenges but the moments of joy make all the hard work worth it. Great teachers are able to open doors of opportunity to young people that can transform their lives. Their knowledge and understanding of their subject and how young people learn inspires young people and feeds their aspirations.

Children discover interests and gain knowledge that they scarcely knew they were capable of. Teachers help unleash that exciting potential in our children.

You hopefully will have experienced some of those positive aspects of teaching over the last few weeks. Why not become part of the story of improving the opportunities our young people have by training to teach?

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What all teacher trainees have in common…

Whether you have just recently graduated or whether you have had an established career in another field, it is never too late to train to teach. As a provider of teacher training based in Tunbridge Wells we have trainees in their twenties to fifties, training to teach in primary and secondary schools. Most complete the course in a year but a few take the two year part time course finding that makes the training easier to manage. Whilst they have different backgrounds and had different career paths, what they all have in common is a commitment to helping ensure that the children in our schools get the chance to succeed. They know that our children get just once chance at school. They, like us, want to ensure that those children get the best chance by having the best teachers.

As a school centre for initial teacher training, recognised as an ‘outstanding’ provider by Ofsted in 2019, we work with primary and secondary schools across West Kent and East Sussex. You could be joining those schools full or part time to train to teach for this coming September or you could apply from October for a September 2021 start. There are generous bursaries of up to £26,000 paid tax free to support you in your training year for some secondary subjects. More details of these can be found here.

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Want to know more?

If a career in teaching is something that might interest you do get in in touch with us or come along to one of our ‘virtual’ information events. Our next ones are on Thursday 11th June at 7pm and Tuesday 16th June at 10am. You can sign up for these by emailing contact@teachkentandsussex.org.uk

We would love to hear from you.

Richard Tyson
Director for Teach Kent & Sussex SCITT (school centre for initial teacher training)