About the course
Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC delivers academic excellence for those interested in ca-reers in maths, science or engineering, alongside problem solving and valuable technical skills, for London’s 14 to 19 year olds. It is the only central London UTC.
We have trainee teachers joining us on PGCE and School Direct routes.
Staff and school take continues professional development seriously. With many taking part in external programs like NPQSL, STEM Insight, Masters level qualifications, and internal mentoring and INSET evenings.
You will work with a team of excellent and experienced teachers who will guide you from observing lessons to teaching independently.
We are based in the heart of London’s West End, benefiting from the first-rate transport links that span our catchment area to the M25.
Nearest tube stations: Victoria Rail and Pimlico Underground
You will have an opportunity to develop yourself and take your career to the next level in a welcoming college with a flagship UTC building and strong connections with our sponsor companies in the transport engineering and construction industries.
The course content is organised into six modules, the first three of which may be worked on con-currently.
Training Module 1A: Lesson planning. How to plan lessons well.
Training Module 1B: Behaviour. How to manage pupils during lessons, and motivating them to-wards learning.
Training Module 1C: Assessment. How to assess pupils' learning in each subject.
Training Module 2: Meeting needs of different groups of pupils.
Training Module 3: The wider context of teaching and learning in schools today
Training Module 4: Subject teaching. Bringing everything together, how to teach really effectively.
There are two formal assignments: an essay exploring aspects of meeting the needs of different groups of pupils (linked to Training Module 2), and a subject-related essay (linked to Training Mod-ule 4).
e-Qualitas collaborates with Leeds Beckett University, who offer a distance learning PGCE as an addition to the e-Qualitas QTS-focused training programme. The PGCE may be undertaken during the teacher training programme or afterwards (for workload reasons, we suggest that it is better to do it afterwards, as part of the continuing professional development of the induction year). Leeds Beckett charges £1500 for the PGCE. Entry to the PGCE is in September.
We will invite selected candidates to an interview. The invitation letter will give full details of the interview. This is likely to be a classroom exercise, literacy test, and panel interview.
Applicants must take the following to interview: their qualifications certificates; identity documents (photo id e.g. a passport, and evidence of residence e.g. a mobile phone bill or bank/savings statement); evidence of having taken the practice skills tests, or passed the actual skills tests. Overseas applicants must provide evidence of their eligibility to live and study in the UK
If we make you an offer, it could be conditional upon various things such as DBS clearance, passing the professional skills tests by a set date. You are entitled to wait for the outcome to all your appli-cations before accepting an offer on UCAS and we fully endorse this
How school placements work
Your training will be predominantly based in your host (employing) school other than
• Ten days with the e’Qualitas across the year
• your second placement at another school for approx. 6 weeks.
Through an initial programme of observations and research you will become familiar with the or-ganisation and working of your host school (pupil groups and pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, Assessment for Learning).
From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of the teaching staff by fellow profession-als. With your School Based Mentor (SBM), you will feel supported as you progress and become ready to teach as the placement progresses. Our mentors are experienced teachers and under-take rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills to support your development as a teacher. Your time in school provides you with the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and rela-tionships with young people in a familiar environment.
As a secondary trainee you will have the opportunity to teach a range of year groups between years 7 to 11. You will have experience of the new curriculum and assessment procedures.
Your second teaching placement is intended for you to apply and develop your teaching skills at a different setting whilst also widening your experience of the school system in a new context.
While in your main host school and during your second placement, your tutor from e’Qualitas will visit to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the programme.
Your provider fees are paid by the school. You will be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher.
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.
Most successful applicants will have a 2:1-degree classification or better although we are prepared to accept candidates with a 2:2-degree classification if he or she is able to demonstrate good potential.
You will also need at least 5 GCSEs including a grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science (or equivalent qualifications).
There also needs to be evidence at application of your ability to demonstrate a high standard of written English.
You are required to have passed the Professional skills test in numeracy and literacy before you start the course.
We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:
• Subject knowledge
• Motivation to become the best teacher possible
• Ability to analyse and learn from experience
• Creativity and imagination
• Capacity for hard work
• Good organisational skills
• Empathy and a liking for young people.
• Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.
• Must pass Secretary of State’s requirement for physical and mental fitness to teach.
Prior to the course, it is a requirement that you undertake at least 10 days’ experience in the UK state secondary sector. Five of these days must be before you apply, to strengthen your application and to support interview answers. The lack of any observational experience in a UK state primary classroom is a common reason for rejection. These two weeks are an important and integral element of the course, providing you with the opportunity to observe a variety of teaching styles and to engage in some initial group and class teaching.
About the training provider
The St Marylebone School Teaching School Alliance was part of the first cohort of a hundred Teaching schools (http://teaching.stmarylebone.school/) and won this accolade largely due to a proven track record of training and outreach work. We are experienced in supporting successful trainees over a number of years on different training routes, for instance PGCE, Teach First, the Graduate Teacher Programme, School Direct Pilot and School Direct. Staff are eager to be involved in training and mentoring, many of them having themselves trained at St Marylebone School.
You will work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently. This is complimented by a placement of about 6 weeks’ teaching in another school.
We have been successively rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and SIAMS and are one of the best performing non-selective state schools nationally.
We are based in in the fantastic location of Marylebone High Street with all the attractions of central London nearby and the benefits of excellent transport links. Nearest tube stations: Baker Street, Regents’ Park (both a 2-minute walk away). You will be able to develop your career in a beautiful school with excellent facilities and positive links with parents and the vibrant local community
We work with a big group alliance of school in central London and further afield. Often the six week second school placements are shared between alliance schools to ensure that trainees have a good experience.
Training with disabilities and other needs
For IOE trainees
School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team.
You can find more information here:-
For e'Qualitas trainees.
Also contact the eQualitas office for a discussion of your needs if they are not related to mobility, so that we can identify what additional support might be appropriate for you.
Disability access is limited in some of the schools due to the nature of the historic buildings in which they are based. Please contact the school concerned directly if you wish to discuss this in detail.
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