About the course
This course 36CJ leads to PGCE (M) QTS. Further clarity on the significance of 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) UCL (Institute of Education).
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 remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our on-going CPD.
You would attend the same university sessions with those who applied through the university and with other school partnerships; 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.
UCL draws on current research to inform a student's psychology and social science teaching, encouraging them to engage with recent debates, literature and policy. Our underlying aim is to develop students as reflective and highly skilled teachers.
The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the university, together with time in school.
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 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 will visit you on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your university tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.
At Chelsea Academy you will have the opportunity to teach Year 11-13 and work in another subject in Yr 7-10 such as Citizenship or Science. Sacred Heart teaches KS5 Psychology but you will cover lower key stages in your second placement.
TWO STAGE INTERVIEW
We consider each application as it comes in, individually. If your application is deemed to be sufficiently good, we would then set up an interview session (usually a morning) at your chosen host school.
The morning 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 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.
If you are successful at the school interview (Stage 1), we refer you on to the university and they will contact you regarding the (Stage 2) interview which takes place at the university within 15 days of the referral from the school interview other applicants for that specialism will be present and this day will also serve as an opportunity to learn more about the course, the tutors and the facilities at UCL (IOE).
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
- Sacred Heart High School, W6
You can read a description of this school 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. 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 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.
- A UK Bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above (or equivalent) with at least 50% Psychology content.
- Preferably Psychology A-Level at Grade C, plus an additional social science or humanities subject.
- A GCSE, or comparable qualification, at Grade C (or Grade 5 for GCSEs sat in 2017 onwards) in both English Language and Mathematics
- A 'pass’ in the DfE Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests
Where appropriate, please read our important guidance Overseas Qualifications & GCSE Equivalency Tests.
WLTSA complies with UCL’s Psychology requirements. See the UCL School Direct webpage.
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 and we recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview but this observation is not a strict requirement in itself. Top tips for getting some observational experience.
Offers are conditional on satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service check and occupational health check 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; 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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