About the course
This course 2XW8 leads to PGCE (M) QTS. Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.
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 teaching 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.
You would attend all the same university sessions with those who had applied through the university; have full access to university facilities and mentors; and the university still awards your PGCE. WLTSA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement.
As a guide: 2018-19 block timetable.
Lectures would include teaching, assessing, classroom management and child protection. Subject seminars are led by your university tutor.
At school, 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. 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.
As an RE trainee teacher, you will have the opportunity to teach KS3 and GCSE RE. You will also have experiences of the Religious Studies A-Level and in the case of Sacred Heart you would also have experience of the school’s sixth form General RE programme.
Examples of KS3 RE topics taught: Sacraments; Festivals; Prejudice & Discrimination; Suffering and Evil; Religion and Science; Places of Pilgrimage; Ethical Decision Making.
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 'Course Requirements’ section below, regarding overseas qualifications.
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. We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting WLTSA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.
CHOOSING YOUR SCHOOL
The characters and location of our schools are varied. When deciding on your preferred host school, we need you to consider where you might eventually like to work and how accessible it is to where you live.
The schools seeking trainees on this particular course are listed below.
- Chelsea Academy, SW10 (CofE)
- Fulham Cross Girls’ School, SW6
- Gumley House School, TW7 (Catholic)
- Hammersmith Academy, W12
- Sacred Heart High School, W6 (Catholic)
- St Marks Catholic School, TW3 (Catholic)
- St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, TW1 (Catholic)
- The Fulham Boys’ School, W14
You can read descriptions of each of these schools in our overall WLTSA Secondary School Summary Descriptions. Our Map of WLTSA Schools may also be helpful.
The Catholic schools give preference to Catholic applicants. There is no specific faith requirement at any of the other schools although applicants for Chelsea Academy must be supportive of their Christian ethos.
Please be aware that we have other WLTSA secondary courses at other 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.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Subject to eligibility, DfE Bursary of £9,000 & student loan. See full details using the link below:
Funding My Training - A page on the DfE's ‘Get into Teaching’ website
You can take out a student loan even if you already have an undergraduate loan. Loans for tuition fees are not means tested (whereas loans for maintenance are means tested) but you should confirm this using the link above.
While not provided directly by WLTSA, please be aware that as a full-time student you would be eligible for cheaper travel in London using a student oyster card and in many boroughs you can get a reduction on your council tax payments.
- Honours undergraduate degree (2.2 or above) normally with a significant proportion of RE course content, ideally with sufficient accredited knowledge of one or more of the six major world faiths to be able to teach to A-Level.
Some offers may be conditional upon you completing a world faiths enhancement course before you begin.
- Five GCSEs at least Grade C (or 4) or the equivalent, including English Language and Mathematics.
See Overseas Qualifications & GCSE Equivalency Tests.
By end of the course you need to demonstrate proficiency in functional English/numeracy. You may be tested at interview.
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.
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 a Disclosure & Barring Service check (£52) and an occupational health check (£20) both administered through the university after an offer is 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/
School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:-
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Chelsea Academy SW10 0AB
Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0AB
Fulham Cross Girls' School, SW6 6BP
Munster Road, Fulham SW6 6BP
Gumley House Convent School, TW7 6XF
Gumley House Convent School, St John's Road, Isleworth, London TW7 6XF
Sacred Heart High School, W6 7DG
212 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DG
St Mark's Roman Catholic School, TW3 3EJ
106 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EJ
St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, TW1
Clifden Road, Twickenham, London TW1 4LT
The Fulham Boys' School, W14 9LY
Mund Street, Gibbs Green, London W14 9LY
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