About the course
The PE PGCE course covers all aspects of physical education teaching and learning, with an emphasis on creative practice for use in school. There is a strong emphasis on using and developing a range of physical education models, as well as planning for the whole ability range to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress.
The experienced physical education tutors work in close partnership with trainees and the Wandle Teaching School Alliance. Ernest Bevin College is a specialist Sports College and provides unique training opportunities for our School Direct students.
If you wish to study for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies you will be able to complete several of the modules during your PGCE year. This certificate is often a requirement for teaching in a Catholic school.
Applicants who are shortlisted are invited to a Wandle TSA / St Mary's University selection day which is held at St Mary's University. Candidates should allow a full day for this and dress appropriately. Guidance will be given to successful short listed candidates.
Candidates will be asked to complete a set of tasks, which will involve demonstrating teaching PE skills to small groups, a presentation, small group activity and a joint interview with Wandle TSA and St Mary's tutors. If successful St Mary's in conjunction with Wandle TSA will make a conditional offer. Applicants will have 10 days to accept or reject the offer.
Candidates must also successfully complete the Skills Tests in Maths and English before starting the course. We normally expect candidates to complete the Skills Tests within six weeks of being offered and accepting a place. Candidates will also have to be certified as meeting the national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. St Mary's will ask candidates to complete a health questionnaire for scrutiny by their occupational health provider. Candidates are responsible for the cost of obtaining occupational health clearance, which is approximately £45. Candidates will also be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a condition of entry.
How school placements work
Wandle TSA PGCE School Direct students will have two school placements. These will be in two of our partner schools and will offer you a contrasting school experience, for example, one placement in a mixed school and a second in a single sex school. We will discuss with you the best school to have your placements taking into account your travel requirements. All our School Direct students are invited to spend the first week of term with their first placement school as an early induction and to gain invaluable experience in participating in the beginning of term. This also allows many of the induction processes to be carried out and for you to get to know staff, systems and students. The age range will be from 11 to 18 and you will be required to teach across two stages in your placement, Key Stage 3 and 4 or 5 when you join us for your formal placements and training.
We have seven secondary partner schools in our alliance. These schools are situated in SW London, primarily in Wandsworth and Lambeth and all schools have excellent transport links.
During your studies you'll be allocated two school placements during the 36-week course. In total, 24 weeks is spent in school to ensure close links between theory and practice throughout.
In addition to the class teachers you will have a subject mentor, a school mentor as well as your St Mary's mentor to support you through these placements. You will always be supported in your classroom teaching and all our schools have extensive in house training programmes. The Alliance runs several extra workshops throughout the training .
We have special schools , primary schools and Children centres in our Alliance and we encourage our students to take advantage by visiting to gain a wide understanding of the educational landscape.
At all times we keep you at the centre of the learning process and we work hard to ensure you have a challenging but supportive experience.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Some UK/EU students may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship depending on subject and previous qualifications. See Get into Teaching for up-to-date details.
PE PGCE applicants minimum of a 2:2 in a previous degree.
Your degree should have a significant proportion of the subject you wish to teach. Subject knowledge enhancement courses may be set as a condition in some cases, particularly when the degree is not clearly ‘in line’ with the subject you are applying to.
GCSEs, English Language and Mathematics , grade C. Two appropriate references (from an academic tutor or line manager) supporting your suitability for teaching.
Pass both professional skills tests.
Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Physical and mental fitness to teach.
The Wandle Teaching School Alliance wishes to recruit high quality graduates committed to developing themselves as outstanding teachers. We are looking for candidates who have high expectations for their students. You should be a good communicator, enjoy challenge and have a love of learning. You will need to be resilient, flexible and hard working. We expect you to have excellent subject knowledge and the ability to build a strong rapport with students of all abilities. It also helps to have a sense of humour and, most importantly of all, to like and respect children.
We strongly recommend that you spend some time observing teaching and learning in an inner London school before applying or whilst waiting for interview.
This is important as teaching and learning is a dynamic process and changes in pedagogy and curriculum content may mean classrooms are very different places from when you last were in school. It is therefore important to spend some time in a school so as you can reflect on what you have learned in your PGCE interviews.
About the training provider
Train to become a teacher with the Wandle Teaching School Alliance ( WTSA) and benefit from a tailored programme of personal development and support from outstanding, experienced professionals. Our aim is to always keep you at the centre of everything we do. Our programmes are high challenge and high support as we believe in preparing you to become the best possible teacher you can be.
Our Alliance of over forty members, based in south and south west London, offers a unique opportunity to train within a wide range of schools, Primary, Secondary and Special.
Training with us will enable you to gain an in-depth experience of all aspects of teaching and learning within a secure and caring environment.
We offer additional workshops throughout the year to develop your professional learning and practice to the highest level, for example, you will be able to take part in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection training, leading to the CEOPS certificate.
We are a dynamic and collaborative learning community and we look forward to you starting your teaching career with us.
About the accredited body
Wandle TSA has collaborated with St Mary's University in training PE teachers for several years. St Mary's provides an excellent campus with highly experienced staff .Their course is rigorous and demanding but with high support from St Mary's and Wandle TSA tutors . We value their emphasis on developing creative practitioners who can teach across the whole ability range. In your placements in Wandle TSA schools you will have support and guidance from highly experienced staff and Ernest Bevin, one of our partner schools , is a Sports College, which provides PE students with a unique training opportunity.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Wandle TSA aims to create an environment that enables anyone to participate fully in the mainstream of school life.
We address disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010:
• mobility and sensory impairments
• mental health issues
• specific learning difficulties (SpLD), including the autistic spectrum and Aspergers Syndrome
• medical conditions which may have an impact on day-to-day activities
All our partner universities have well established student support services. Wandle TSA proactively works with our partner’s student services in meeting the needs of our PGCE students. A wide range of support services is available to students through the universities with reference to all of the above.
We encourage you to make contact with us as early in the application process as possible so as we can work with the university in identifying services appropriate to your individual needs. In the first instance you should contact the Director of the Teaching School, Mr Denys Wallace on email@example.com .
Our aim is to ensure that there as few barriers as possible to prevent you studying successfully. We therefore work closely with the university tutorial teams to customise programmes as necessary.
The universities will provide ICT enabling support and our schools will help you understand, use and customise the accessibility options built-in to your devices
Alliance schools provide access for students with mobility impairments and have dedicated car parking allocated for the duration of school placements. Specific mobility issues for the individual schools will be addressed in collaboration with you.
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