About the course
This course 2Y38 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.
You will have the opportunity to teach KS3 and KS4 PE. You will also have experience of teaching GCSE. There may be opportunities for you to support KS5 in either your host or second placement school.
You will also be an active part of the extracurricular PE provision such as sports clubs, training and fixtures. Examples of KS3 activities taught in the different schools vary but include football, netball, basketball, dance, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, fitness.
You will be expected to assess ability; evaluate and improve work across a range of activities as well as develop knowledge of health and fitness.
TWO STAGE INTERVIEW
On receipt of your UCAS application this will be considered by your preferred host school, in collaboration with the WLTSA centrally and the university. This process is administered by the WLTSA Teaching School office.
If shortlisted for interview we will ask the university to invite you to an initial interview and we will email you to confirm the interview date (see here and arrangements for the second interview which is held in the host school that you identified in your course choice on UCAS, normally approx. 3-4 days after the university interview.
The university interviews are normally a full day, allowing time within this for their 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.
Assuming you pass at the university (which is common) the school interview would then be held (normally across a morning). This would include a tour of the school; WLTSA literacy/numeracy tests; a classroom exercise and panel interview.
The WLTSA literacy and numeracy tests are quite separate to the DfE Skills tests referred to in the entry requirements below. Usually candidates have not taken the DfE skills tests when they come to interview and our own (very short) tests are used to help us identify those who may need to do more practice papers ahead of the skills tests and those who are unlikely to pass them.
How school placements work
With WLTSA you select the main host school. 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
- Fulham Boys’ School, W14
- Fulham College Boys’ School, SW6
- Sacred Heart High School, W6
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.
Please be aware that we have other WLTSA secondary courses at other schools including a separate salaried Geography course. You can make three choices overall when you apply.
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. Early application is recommended.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
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.
- An Upper Second class (2:1) degree classification in a closely related degree subject.
- Five GCSEs at least Grade C (or Grade 4 for GCSEs sat in 2017 onwards) or the equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.
- 'Pass’ in the DfE Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests
Where appropriate, please read our important guidance Overseas Qualifications & GCSE Equivalency Tests.
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.
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.
Confidence/competence across the range of invasion, net and wall, striking and fielding and target games; recent experience in dance/gymnastics; the ability to swim 25 metres unaided.
Need to demonstrate at interview:
- problem solving, teamwork, communication skills
- a positive approach to inclusion
A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and some current issues facing the profession is important. It can help to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state secondary school to strengthen your application but this is not a strict requirement in itself.
Top tips for getting some observational experience.
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; Ealing, 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
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 are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:-
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