About the course
The Primary General (salaried) is a PGCE course offered in conjunction with Roehampton University. This course leads to QTS and PGCE.
The salaried School Direct training programme is open to high quality graduates with three or more years' professional experience. It provides an employment-based avenue into teaching, where the student is employed by the school as an unqualified teacher and their salary and training is subsidised by the Teaching Agency.
Candidates who are shortlisted are invited to a selection day at the lead Primary school. Candidates should allow a full day for this and we expect candidates to dress in a professional manner. Candidates will be asked to lead a mixed ability group learning activity, complete a written task, deliver a presentation on a given theme and an interview.
Successful candidates will be offered a one year contract as an unqualified teacher by the hosting school. This means you will be a member of staff at that school whilst you complete your training. Candidates then have ten days to accept or reject the offer.
You will also have to be certified as meeting the national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. Roehampton University will ask you 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.
You will also be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a condition of entry.
How school placements work
The School Direct Salaried route leads to a PGCE with 60 Masters credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 Masters level credits. You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year long programme, and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in the school that you have applied to and been appointed as an unqualified member of staff and there will also be a shorter placement in another school which will add breadth to the experience.
You will be visited in school by a university tutor, and you will have a mentor in school. The training at Wandle TSA and Roehampton will enable you to reflect upon your practice within the broad context of educational theory so that you will feel equipped to teach in any school.
You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools; you should check the salary with the school before you apply for either salaried routes.
The employing school cannot pay you less than an unqualified teacher on point 1 of the scale, £20.909.
Wandle TSA meet the costs of the Roehampton training fee.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Essential requirements for those applying for salaried places:
- 2.1 Honours UK degree preferred or an approved non-UK degree qualification. 2.2 degree considered when an applicant has a Masters degree or can demonstrate substantial (two years minimum) recent (within the last 18 months) Primary school experience within a UK state/mainstream Primary school.
- 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English and Science
- Evidence at application of a high standard of written standard English.
- Successful completion of Skills Tests in Maths and English.
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.
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.
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.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Chesterton Teaching School
Dagnall Street, Battersea, London SW11 5DT
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