About the course
Led by Montpelier Primary School, judged outstanding by Ofsted, the West London Teaching Alliance has a collaborative School Direct partnership of 8 primary schools in the London Borough of Ealing.
Dedicated to delivering excellence in education as well as first class teacher training, the WLTA works in partnership with Roehampton University to offer an exciting and innovative School Direct programme.
With a record for delivering high quality professional development for teachers, our training practice is well known in Ealing and, consequently, the WLTA now delivers Ealing borough’s induction training for newly qualified teachers. Montpelier is both a National Support School and a National Teaching School and provides support for other schools to strengthen teaching, learning and leadership at different levels. The school is well resourced and support is available from existing teachers and leaders who are committed to develop teaching in order to enhance and improve opportunities for children.
Providing comprehensive and fully supportive guidance from our mentors, the WLTA gives trainees a unique chance to become grounded in a broad and balanced range of specialisms and an opportunity to experience a day training at every one of our School Direct schools.
Highly skilled practitioners at Montpelier, North Ealing, Lady Margaret, Oaklands, Featherstone, Southfield, St Mark's and West Twyford primary schools will each offer a full day of training. Trainees can also choose to take part in further elective options.
Once your application is processed by UCAS, it is then forwarded onto us for our schools to consider. Successful applicants are then invited in for an interview morning or afternoon. Interview/assessment days comprise a three part process including an interview with a panel of two Headteachers, a 30 minute written test of grammar and spelling (as set by Roehampton University) and a 20 minute group task to see how you interact with a group of 10 children and to see if you can teach them something new.
Should you succeed, you will also need to pass the the Department of Education’s professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can be offered a place.
For further information about these skills tests, visit the Department for Education’s website at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests
How school placements work
The primary schools in Ealing which will have vacancies are Montpelier, Lady Margaret, St Mark’s, Oaklands, Featherstone, North Ealing, Southfield and West Twyford.
Successful applicants will be based at one of these schools (by mutual consent) full time (apart from the 29 days spent studying at Roehampton University) and a block school experience placement of 31 days at another school.
You will additionally spend one day in each of our schools learning from their specialisms as part of your training.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
2.1 Honours UK degree or an approved non-UK degree qualification. 2.2 degree considered when an applicant has a Masters or can demonstrate substantial (one year minimum) recent (within the last 18 months) primary school experience in a state/mainstream school.
GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C/4 or above
Applicants currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place if successful on interview.
All trainee teachers must also pass the Department of Education’s professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can start a training programme.
Applicants must articulate a clear and appropriate reason for wanting to teach children. They must:
Convey commitment and enthusiasm to primary teaching
Demonstrate openness to learning and self-development
Demonstrate a desire and passion to teach young children
Demonstrate the correct use of standard English
It is essential that all applicants gain some insight into what is involved in being a teacher, this does not have to be paid work in a school it could be in an informal environment such as brownies, sport coaching or summer school.
In addition to the specific entry requirements detailed, the following DfE Requirements must be met. All candidates must:
Meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach
Have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring enhanced disclosure check
Have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required DfE Teachers' Standards
Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher (enthusiasm, self-organisation, resilience, determination, adaptability and motivation)
Have passed the professional skills tests in English and mathematics prior to the start of the programme
About the training provider
Led by Montpelier Primary School, judged outstanding by Ofsted, the West London Teaching Alliance has a collaborative School Direct partnership of 8 primary schools in the London Borough of Ealing. Dedicated to delivering excellence in education as well as first class teacher training, the WLTA works in partnership with Roehampton University to offer an exciting and innovative School Direct programme.
With a record for delivering high quality professional development for teachers, our training practice is well known in Ealing and, consequently, the WLTA now delivers Ealing borough’s induction training for newly qualified teachers. Montpelier is both a National Support School and a National Teaching School and provides support for other schools to strengthen teaching, learning and leadership. The school is well resourced and support is available from existing teachers and leaders who are committed to develop teaching in order to enhance and improve opportunities for children.
Providing comprehensive and fully supportive guidance from our mentors, our highly skilled practitioners at Montpelier, Lady Margaret, North Ealing, St. John's, Oaklands, Southfield, St Mark’s and West Twyford primary schools will each offer a full day of training in each of their specialisms. Trainees can also choose to take part in further elective options.
The qualification gained is a PGCE which is recognised internationally and you will also get a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Successful completion will give you 60 Masters level credits, which can be carried forward to further study.
About the accredited body
The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with partnerships with over 350 schools. We have a rich history of over 175 years providing teacher training education through our four Colleges.
We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in south-west London, close to Putney and Hammersmith, and just 30 minutes from the West End. Our School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of education (Research Excellence Framework 2014), reflecting the world-class expertise of our staff.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
Montpelier Primary School has a lift and is wheelchair accessible. We can also offer limited classroom based audio support.
West Twyford Primary is a highly inclusive school which meets with individual candidates and works with occupational health services to assess and, wherever reasonable, accommodate additional needs. They provide counselling support and welfare services for those with emotional well-being issues. A new school, it has also been designed to accommodate children and adults with physical disabilities.
Oaklands Primary School. Dyslexia - Oaklands operates an accessibility policy which informs all forms of written communication .
The site is equipped with a mixture of permanent and temporary ramps which enable access across the ground floor. There are two toilets equipped for people with disabilities. The school is a member of the Ealing Schools Counselling Partnership. Counselling is available for any member of the school community who requests it.
Southfield ensures that all relevant equalities legislation is adhered to and that appointees are not discriminated against on the grounds of race, nationality, gender, religion, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. Disabled staff can make an important contribution to our overall school curriculum, both as effective employees and in raising the aspirations of disabled pupils and educating nondisabled people about the reality of disability. Many disabled people will be medically fit to teach, though we may have to make reasonable adjustments under the DDA to enable disabled people to carry out their duties effectively.
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.
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
West London Teaching Alliance
Montpelier Primary School, Montpelier Road, Ealing, London W5 2QT
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