West London Teaching School Alliance (Secondary)
English (2XVP)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/

About the course

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This course 2XVP leads to QTS. Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) as Provider (in partnership with (and accredited by) St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

WLTSA enables you to choose your host school at application. Later, if there is a vacancy in your host school and they want to retain you, you can be employed fairly seamlessly for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our other secondary schools could also employ you this way and we operate a pool.

Our aim is to produce exceptional teachers who can then remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our on-going CPD.

THE TRAINING

Your training will be predominantly based in your host (employing) school other than

*approx. 10 days at the university across the year; and

*your second placement for approx. 6 weeks at another WLTSA school.

You will register with the university and meet with your University Tutor who will begin to work with you on a needs analysis for a Training Plan. This will be reworked in term two and three between you, your school mentor and university tutor.

Through an initial programme of observations, you will become familiar with the workings of the school and department (pupil groups, pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).

You will be treated like a member of staff and with your school mentors, you will feel supported as you become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent experienced teachers who undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills.

Throughout your time in both schools, your university tutor visits you to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the programme.

You will have the opportunity to teach KS3 English and GCSE English Language and English Literature qualifications.

Examples of KS3 topics taught: literature, poetry, newspapers and media in order to assess reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also have opportunities to support KS5.

You will also be actively involved in the extra-curricular offer.

Interview process

TWO STAGE INTERVIEW

If shortlisted for interview, you would attend a two-stage interview process.

First, a full day university interview including some time for the university registry team to verify various identification documents and qualification certificates. In addition to their panel interview, you may be required to undertake group tasks with other candidates and some subject knowledge testing.

The school interview will take place at your chosen host school usually in the morning, approx. 4 days later.

You will be asked to bring to both interviews, originals of your relevant qualification certificates (most importantly the degree and maths and English GCSE’s or equivalent).

If you are still taking your degree or equivalency tests, that’s fine but if you don’t have access to original certificates of exams already taken (for your degree and maths and English GCSEs in particular) this is something that you should start to resolve now. If you don’t have them in time for the interview, please be assured that we could still make an offer to you but it would be subject to later verification of original certificates and sometimes certified copies can take a couple of months to arrive.

See also the link in the 'Requirements’ section below, regarding overseas qualifications.

INTERVIEW DATES

We try to ensure that you have at least a week’s notice of interviews. Dates already set for the first stage university interviews can be found here.

How school placements work

With WLTSA you select the main host school at application and normally there are several to choose from but we are only running this particular salaried course at West London Free School, W6.

We then later arrange your second placement at a contrasting WLTSA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

You can read a description of West London Free School and our other secondary schools in our overall WLTSA Secondary School Summary Descriptions. Our Map of WLTSA Schools may also be helpful.

Please be aware that we have other WLTSA secondary courses at other schools including an unsalaried English course 2XVJ at wide variety of mainstream schools and another unsalaried English course H4NY with a special needs host school. DfE bursaries are available on both the unsalaried courses.

You can apply to both the salaried and unsalaried courses at the same time across a wider range of schools. You can make three choices overall when you apply.

THE TECHNICAL BIT!

You don’t have to restrict yourself to one school within a course, but each school would count as one application and you get three choices overall in Round 1. Please also be aware that we have so many partner schools that we have been forced to split artificially on UCAS into three provider names. See How to apply & how to choose more than one school on a course.

BE STRATEGIC WHEN YOU APPLY

You can always ring us up to ask how many applications (if any) are being considered by different schools at the point that you are about to apply. We also keep our website up to date so that you can see which schools have already shortlisted and are interviewing.

We commonly interview individually whenever a good application is received.

Salary

The successful candidate in any maintained school will be paid a salary by the employing host school in line with the ‘Non-Qualified Teacher Pay Range 2020-21’, normally at the Point 1 Level. This government pay range is expected to be published in Sept. 2020.

As a guide, Point 1 on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Range in 2018-19 is:

  • £21,641 (for a school in Inner London)
  • £20,441 (for a school in outer London)

One exception to this is Free Schools (such as The West London Free School) who set their own salary levels, usually at a similar level.

The tuition fee for this course will be covered by WLTSA.

Trainees on salaried programmes are not eligible for bursaries or student loans.

Please note that we are unable to sponsor anyone who would otherwise not have the right to take up employment in this country.

Financial support

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Honours degree (2.2 and above) normally in English. University tutors will apply their discretion in terms of assessing a candidate’s subject knowledge.
  • Five GCSEs at least Grade C (or 4) or the equivalent, including English Language and Mathematics.

Where appropriate, please read our important guidance Overseas Qualifications & GCSE Equivalency Tests.

We require energetic and committed applicants with excellent subject knowledge and ideally previous experience that might enable a faster progression into teaching than on an unsalaried course.

By the end of the course you need to demonstrate proficiency in functional English/numeracy. You may be tested at interview.

Personal qualities

We want you to have passion and enthusiasm. We need trainees who can engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

*committed to championing their students;

*open to learn about children’s physical/social/emotional/cognitive needs and how these can affect behaviour;

*in good health with the ability to cope with stress. Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but it also requires an element of resilience!

*professional and committed to equal opportunities;

*able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these.

*have a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at yourself.

Other requirements

We will look for a level of maturity (irrespective of age) to operate as a responsible salaried member of staff.

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and some current issues facing the profession is also important. It can help to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state secondary school to strengthen your application but this observation is not a strict requirement in itself. Top tips for getting some observational experience.

Offers are conditional on satisfactory outcome of DBS and health check both administered through the school after an offer has been accepted.

About the training provider

WHO ARE WE?

We are a large alliance of 60 schools: nurseries, primaries, special needs, secondaries, sixth forms; faith and non-faith, maintained schools, independent schools and free schools. We have formal partnership arrangements with three universities.

Most of our schools are in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, but we also have schools in Westminster, Richmond, Twickenham, Ealing, Isleworth, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Southwark.

The central Teaching School Office for WLTSA is based at Sacred Heart High School, in Hammersmith.

OUR APPROACH TO TRAINEE RECRUITMENT

We pride ourselves in the support that we provide potential applicants and in the speed of our shortlisting. We have a detailed website which is a good place to start. We also hold fortnightly information sessions to explain the qualifications; routes into teaching; finance; and how to secure a place!

‘That’s the first time that I have ever properly understood it all. Brilliant!’ Applicant 2018.

The Teaching School Office is staffed full time with experts to talk to on the phone.

You choose the schools when you apply. If you perform well but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we continue to work with you, recommending you to other WLTSA schools of your choice rather than rejecting you.

We place significant emphasis on getting a good fit between trainee and school because we are all keenly focused on recruitment for qualified teachers in our alliance schools the following year.

Further opportunities to develop your career with WLTSA

About the accredited body

This WLTSA course is accredited by St Mary's University, Twickenham.

In 2000, St Mary’s celebrated 150 years in Education. With just under 4,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary, they are now London’s second largest teacher training course provider and in 2019, St Mary’s Institute of Education was once again awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Course tutors at St Mary’s are all skilful teachers themselves, with many years of experience in schools and higher education. Schools in the Alliance have excellent relationships with the university.

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTSA and all our partner universities are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.

You can also find support and information from the university accrediting the course that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY offers advice and support to their students who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury. St Mary’s Dyslexia and Disability Co-ordinator (DDC) works closely with the other members of the Student Services team, supporting students in their time at university assisting them to be proactive in their studies as an independent learner. http://www.smuc.ac.uk/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability/

UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Disabilities/Support/

UCL:

School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:-

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/student-support-and-wellbeing

Contact details

Email
adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
0208 748 7600 x290
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/
Address
Sacred Heart High School (WLTSA Teaching School Office)
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

Apply

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:

  • Training provider code: 2BV
  • Training programme code: 2XVP

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
West London Free School, W6 9LP
241 King Street, Hammersmith W6 9LP
Yes 2

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