About the course
The Primary General is a PGCE course offered in conjunction with Roehampton University.
This course leads to QTS and PGCE.
PGCE Primary at Roehampton will provide you with 60 credits towards a Masters qualification.
If you study PGCE Primary with Wandle TSA and Roehampton you will be taught by a supportive, passionate and driven team of academic staff who are all specialists in their subject areas. Our experienced team strive to ensure you receive the best education and will encourage you to become a confident and successful teacher. In addition to our academic staff, we also have a range of support departments to help you with everything from dealing with money matters, to support with your studies.
This postgraduate course gives you the tools to build a successful career in teaching while providing a holistic view of the profession; you will look at the role of the child, curriculum and teacher. We will also give you the opportunity to focus on a particular age group, either 3-7 or 5-11 year olds.
You will cover all of the National Curriculum Core and Foundation Subjects, examine learning across the curriculum and the relationship between the subjects in these two groups.
You will study a range of modules which will hone your expertise and effectiveness as a teacher. You will learn how to manage a classroom, how planning and preparation contribute to the effectiveness of your teaching, how best to work with parents and other adults, and gain an understanding of children’s behaviour.
Our subject rooms are set up to include resources you will find in a primary classroom environment. This is important for your full immersion into the school environment and familiarity with the way classrooms are structured, and the type of resources teachers need on a daily basis.
There are two assessed teaching placements in the Wandle TSA family of primary schools which will provide you with invaluable hands-on work experience giving you the confidence for your future career and a better understanding of how teaching works in practice.
All our academic staff at Roehampton have extensive teaching experience in schools, and many have served in local authorities or subject associations as advisory teachers, as Ofsted inspectors or as consultants. This expertise is complimented by the experience in school Wandle TSA mentors who will be your guide and support you throughout your training.
Applicants who are shortlisted are invited to a Wandle TSA selection day. Candidates should allow a full day for this and dress appropriately. Candidates will be asked to complete a set of tasks; this will include a written task, an oral presentation , student based task and an interview with school subject specialists.
If successful, candidates will be recommended to Roehampton University for interview . Candidates should allow a full day for this and dress appropriately. If successful at this stage, the Roehampton University 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. Rpoehampton University 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
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. Your placements will be EYFS and Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 1 and 2 for the first placement and then swap for the second placement.We have thirty primary partner schools in our alliance. These schools are situated in SW London, primarily in Wandsworth , Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark. All schools have excellent transport links.
The length of school placement is in two blocks, 31 days Block 1 and 72 days Block 2. In addition to the class teachers you will have a subject mentor, a school mentor as well as your university 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:
Wandle TSA in conjunction with Roehampton University require a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree and GCSEs in English Language, Maths and Science at Grade C/5 or above.
Roehampton University does not accept " additional" or " applied" GCSE subjects.
For equivalency testing we will only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com
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 work in close collaboration with Roehampton University in providing high quality primary PGCE programmes.
Roehampton is one of the UK’s leading and longest-running providers of teacher education, who offer you an excellent foundation for a successful career in the profession. Wandle TSA and Roehampton tutors strive to ensure you receive the best education and will encourage and enable you to become a confident and successful teacher.
Your placements with Wandle TSA will enable you to benefit from working alongside excellent primary practitioners to learn how to achieve the greatest learning impact for your pupils.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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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Chesterton Teaching School
Dagnall Street, Battersea, London SW11 5DT
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