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Initial Teacher Training at President Kennedy School

Welcome to the President Kennedy Initial Teacher Training (ITT) information site.

In collaboration with 14 partner schools and 2 universities, we hope to offer up to 73 training places in 2019/20.

Why train with us?

The President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance is committed to recruiting and training enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about becoming outstanding teachers. We recruit trainees in partnership with our strategic partners, The University of Warwick and The University of Worcester. 

Our Initial Teacher Training provision was identified as ‘Outstanding’ by Warwick University in 2017 and our ITT Director, Aidan Jenkins, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship within the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick in recognition of his partnership work over a number of years.

During your training you will have specialist help from our Professional and Subject Mentors and develop your practical skills in the classroom, whilst gaining a theoretical understanding of the education profession and the process of learning.  At the end of your training you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be designated as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).  You will also be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and 60 Masters credits. 

President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance seeks to 'Build Brighter Futures Together'.

Our values are based on the core principles of 'Students First; No Barriers; It's About Learning'.  We believe in recruiting outstanding individuals who have the ability to become exceptional teachers.  Within the alliance there are a range of schools in diverse contexts, including OFSTED 'Outstanding Providers', a 'World Class School' and another that has been awarded 'Transforming' status by the SSAT within the Framework for Exceptional Education.

 We have outstanding teachers working every day with students and colleagues in learning communities.  Schools within the President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance are committed to Initial Teacher Training and to the career development of all trainees, through a planned and coherent high-quality Continuing Professional Development and Learning programme that supports the personal and professional development of teachers.

My name is Aidan Jenkins and I am Director of Initial Teacher Training for the President Kennedy School Teaching School Alliance in Coventry. Within my remit I perform the role of Professional Mentor. This role can be summed up as to ensure that the trainees or NQTs who we receive here are supported to the highest standard in order to allow them to become the best teachers their potential allows. I identify the best mentors, train them, and then support them in their main role which is to support you.

Supporting staff is a very personal job, so a little about me! I came into teaching in my thirties. I was lucky enough to come to President Kennedy School for my second placement in my PGCE and I am still here many years later. From the first welcome I was sold. I felt supported, professionally challenged and a sense of belonging.

I came to teaching having already had experience in a variety of careers. None of those roles rewarded, excited, or stimulated me as working at President Kennedy School does.

In my role I have the opportunity to be the person supporting and challenging new staff  just as I was too many years ago!

I look forward to welcoming you to the start of your teaching career. If you have any questions, or want some advice, please contact Katie Irving on the email address below.

Katie Irving,Teaching School Manager