About the course
This course 39LP leads to 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 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.
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.
As a trainee MFL teacher you will have the opportunity to teach KS3/KS4 (GCSEs). You would also have the opportunity to support KS5.
Example of KS3 topics taught: physical appearance and personality; free time activities and fashion; school and future plans; holiday plans. These are taught with a focus on developing vocabulary, grammar and linguistic competence through reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.
TWO STAGE INTERVIEW
On receipt of your UCAS application this will be considered by the named 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 but on this particular salaried course we only have one school offering a salaried place. We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting WLTSA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.
While there is only one salaried place, please be assured that schools are NOT inundated with applications for MFL. We commonly interview individually whenever a good application is received. You can always ring up to ask how many people (if any) are being considered by the school at the point that you are about to apply.
The school seeking trainees on this particular salaried MFL course is
- West London Free School, W6 9LP
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 Unsalaried MFL (French & Spanish) course (2XW5).
DfE bursaries for languages on unsalaried programmes are so high as to make them financially compatible, with salaried programmes. 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.
The successful candidate in any maintained school would be paid a salary by the employing host school in line with the ‘Non-Qualified Teacher Pay Range 2019-20’, normally at the Point 1 level. This government pay range is expected to be published in Aug/Sept. 2019.
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 fairly close to the government pay range.
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 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.
- Good standard of spoken French or Spanish, sufficient to teach to A-Level, and some knowledge of the second language, perhaps to be taught to age 11-14.
- Honours undergraduate degree (2.2 or above) normally with ‘significant’ proportion of French/Spanish in course content or native French/Spanish speakers with English, linguistics or literature degrees.
- Five GCSEs at least at Grade C (Grade 4 for GCSEs 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.
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.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement course may a condition in some offers.
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 of some current issues facing the profession, is important. It can help to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state secondary to strengthen your application but this observation is not a strict requirement in itself. Top tips for getting observational experience
Offers conditional on satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service check and occupational health check, both administered through the school.
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
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 2011, St Mary’s was deemed to be ‘outstanding’ by OfSTED during inspection.
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 are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:-
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