About the course
Our academic partner is the University of Roehampton which is ranked as the top university in London for Education (Complete University Guide 2020). School Direct Trainees will spend one day a week at university and four days a week at school working closely with a Class Teacher whilst being mentored by their School Based Mentor. Trainees will also receive regular visits at school by a School Experience Tutor from the University of Roehampton. In addition to the experience gained at their host school, trainees will also spend time in an alternate Key Stage in another School Direct partner school for 10 weeks during the Autumn term. The School Direct PGCE route leads to a PGCE qualification and a QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) accreditation with 60 Masters credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 Masters level credits.
Candidates shortlisted for interview will be invited to an interview morning where they will be interviewed by two serving headteachers from our alliance of schools. During the interview morning, candidates will also be required to conduct a short observed lesson for ten pupils of twenty minutes in duration and complete a written test lasting an hour that is set by the University of Roehampton.
How school placements work
School Direct Trainees' main placement will be in the primary school that they have applied to where they will teach primary school pupils aged between 5 and 11. There will also be a shorter 10 week placement in the latter part of the Autumn term in another primary school from within our alliance of schools which will add breadth to the experience. Our four partner schools are located in the Borough of Ealing and are within easy reach of each other by public transport.
School Direct Trainees will be paid at the lower band of the unqualified teachers' pay scales, approximately £21,000.
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.
You will need to be able to provide certificated evidence of an undergraduate honours degree or an approved equivalent qualification, preferably 2:2 or above and awarded in the UK.
It is a requirement that all those training to teach must have achieved a grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or approved equivalents). Please note that we will only consider you if you have already achieved one out of the three GCSEs (or approved equivalents) prior to submitting your application.
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 four primary schools. 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 delivers induction training for newly qualified teachers for the London Borough Ealing. 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, West Twyford and St Raphael's primary schools will each offer 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. All of our cohort of 9 School Direct Trainees in the September 2018 intake successfully gained their PGCE and QTS qualifications.
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.
Lady Margaret Primary School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. Lady Margaret Primary School is also committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school. The school is a member of the Ealing Schools Counselling Partnership. Counselling is available for any member of the school community who requests it.
Saint Raphael's Catholic Primary School is committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, school personnel, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. The school is committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
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Lady Margaret Primary School
Lady Margaret Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 2NH
Montpelier Primary School, Montpelier Road, Ealing, London W5 2QT
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