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Train to Teach Information Sessions – Wednesday 30 June 2021 6 Apr 2021

Train to Teach Information Sessions – Wednesday 30 June 2021

Train to Teach Information Sessions – Wednesday 30 June 2021 Are you, or is anyone you know, interested in considering a career change and would like to consider training to teach? Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT), offers the opportunity to train to teach through salaried or non-salaried School Direct courses and Apprenticeships, currently in the following subjects for 2022/2023: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (French and/or Spanish), Music, Physics, PE, and Primary General.  These courses are delivered at Valley Invicta Academies Trust Primary and Secondary Schools; Invicta Grammar School, Valley Park School, The Lenham School, SST Maidstone, along with our five Valley Invicta Primary Schools located at Kings Hill, Leybourne Chase, Holborough Lakes, Aylesford and East Borough. As a Trust we offer a selection of training providers that you can chose to train with - Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Brighton, University of Sussex or the University of Greenwich.  Bursaries are available for some non-salaried posts dependent on the subject (the bursary amounts are announced annually by the DfE). Ideally, you would have graduated with a degree with a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2 degree.  For primary teaching, your degree can be in any subject but for secondary, ideally it should be relevant to your chosen subject.  You must have GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English (and Science for Primary courses).  There is no longer a need to pass the former Professional Skills tests. Interested?  Then, we would like to offer you the possibility of furthering your interest in our Train to Teach programme by providing an opportunity to join us at allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021 at our School of Science and Technology, Maidstone. The sessions will offer an opportunity to ask questions of department and senior staff, current and past School Direct trainees as well as understand a little more about the many teacher training courses that we offer through the Trust. Please note this is not an open day for parents.  The sole purpose is to offer those interested in a change of career and wishing to consider teacher training, the opportunity to explore a teaching career. In accordance with the current COVID guidelines, we would ask you to bring your mask with you and adhere to social distancing rules in place at that time. There will be hand sanitisers around the school for your use. We hope you are able to join us.  If you are able to, please complete the online registration form at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vitt-train-to-teach-information-sessions-tickets-148600862179
'Fractured Fairy Tales' Competition 12 Feb 2021

'Fractured Fairy Tales' Competition

In the run up to half term Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) is launching a ‘Fractured Fairy Tales’ competition for students across all its nine schools. The idea was inspired when students from our School of Science and Technology Maidstone (SST) were set a task to write their own 200 word story which took a classic fairy tale and added a twist, changed characters, or made it more modern. The story submissions were so good that we thought all students should have the opportunity to take part and create their own fractured fairy tale. You can see some examples of the SST stories on the school website - https://www.sstmaidstone.viat.org.uk/2724/fractured-fairy-tales So, whether you are at one of our VIAT primary schools or secondary schools, please give this challenge a go if you wish! We will be giving a prize of a £25 Waterstones gift card to the writer of the best fractured fairy tale in both the primary and secondary category. Please note, entering this competition is optional. You can find all the details below. Good luck! CHALLENGE: Craft your own 200 word 'Fractured Fairy Tale' - a tale that takes a classic fairy tale and adds a twist, changes characters, or makes it more modern. Think outside the box – perhaps you could include one of the following elements: Write your fairy tale from a different perspective? E.g. be the bowl of porridge in Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Set your fairy tale in an alternate universe? Choose an unlikely hero/villain? Add an exciting twist? Incorporate characters from different fairy tales? Please send your entries to: fracturedfairytales@viat.org.uk Be sure to include your name, year group, school and a contact email address. CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 12 MARCH 2021.  
SST Maidstone opens doors to founding cohort of students 8 Sep 2020

SST Maidstone opens doors to founding cohort of students

Valley Invicta Academies Trust’s (VIAT) brand new School of Science and Technology Maidstone (SST) opened its doors for the first time, this morning (8 September), to the founding cohort of 192 Year 7 students. The school was formally handed over to the Trust in May, marking the end of the 18-month construction project, led by BAM, and a six-year plan for VIAT to build a new school. The state-of-the-art building has 11 Science rooms, six Computer Studies suites, along with specialist Music, Drama and Design Technology provision. VIAT Chief Executive, Julie Derrick, said: “Seeing our brand new school open for students today was an absolutely fantastic experience for us all. Today is the culmination of six years of hard work and dedication, and I am confident that students, parents and staff will now reap the benefits. This is a hugely exciting time for the Trust and we feel incredibly fortunate to have this fantastic extension to our main VIAT campus. I hope every single one of our founding cohort of students feel welcome and as excited as we are. I have no doubt that our Headteacher, Van Beales, and her outstanding team, will do a fantastic job in moving the school forward in the coming weeks, months and years.” VIAT Chief Operating Officer, Richard Hayden, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to see students start to use this amazing new school. The vision has always been to create something unique for the local community and I am confident that we have done exactly that. The school will be an incredible facility and resource, not only for the students, but also for staff and stakeholders, moving forward.” SST Headteacher, Van Beales said: “Today is an exciting and significant day for all of us. I feel privileged to be leading such a wonderful school and I am grateful for the support we have had from our parents so far. We are delighted to welcome our students for the first time today. As our founding cohort, they will always be an important part of the history of the school, and the Trust, and my team and I can’t wait to get to know them all and create a supportive, creative, enthusiastic, happy school community together.” A formal opening for the school will take place in November 2020.
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