Primary with West London Teaching School Alliance (Primary St Mary's) Accredited provider: St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/primary-courses/

About the course

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This course 37F9 leads to PGCE(M)QTS. Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here .

SPECIAL FEATURES

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. If there is a teaching vacancy in your school and they are keen to retain you, you can be employed for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our 43 primary schools could employ you this way; 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 continuing professional development.

THE TRAINING

You would attend all the same university sessions with those who had applied to the university, with full access to university facilities/mentors. The university still awards your PGCE.

As a rough guide, see an example timetable from another year. WLTSA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement which occurs before your (longer) time at the main host school.

The university programme covers: teaching and assessing; classroom management; child protection; maths, English, science, music, history, drama, geography, art, design and technology, PE, MFL and Masters.

At school, through an initial programme of observations you will become familiar with the organisation and working of the school (pupil groups and pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, approaches to learning and teaching, lesson planning and assessment.

You will be treated like a member of staff. With your school mentors, you will feel supported as you progress and become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent teachers and undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills. Your time in school provides you with the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with children and young people in a familiar environment.

You will have the opportunity to teach a range of year groups (children aged 5-11) covering Maths, English and Science as well as other subjects and themed projects. You will have experience of the National Curriculum and teacher assessment.

Your university tutor will visit to monitor your progress at both schools and discuss your development with you and your mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the course.

Interview process

TWO-STAGE INTERVIEW

If shortlisted for interview, you would attend a two-stage interview process.

First, a full day university interview including some time for the university 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.

Secondly, assuming you pass at the university (which is common), the school interview will take place at your chosen host school usually in the morning, approx. 3 days later. This will 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.

INTERVIEW DATES

We try to ensure that you have at least a week’s notice of interviews. Dates already set for the first stage university interviews can be found here.

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.

  • St Charles Catholic Primary School, W10
  • St Mary of the Angels, W2
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, W4
  • St James’s Catholic Primary School, Twickenham

You can read descriptions of each of these schools in our overall WLTSA Primary School Summary Descriptions. Our Map of WLTSA Schools may also be helpful.

Please be aware that we have many other salaried and unsalaried primary teacher training 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.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

The course fees are payable to St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Financial support

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

WLTSA PRIMARY SCHOOL BURSARIES

Quite separate from DfE bursaries (and additional to anything offered by DfE) schools on this programme are offering bursaries ranging from £3,000 to £4,500 to help cover some of your costs.

See link for full details of all WLTSA Primary School Bursaries.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • A UK undergraduate honours degree or an equivalent qualification at 2:2 or above.
  • Five GCSEs at least at Grade C (or grade 4 for GCSEs sat in 2017 onwards) or the equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
  • A ‘pass’ in the DfE Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests

Where appropriate, please read our important guidance Overseas Qualifications & GCSE Equivalency Tests.

Offers will be conditional on satisfactory outcome of a Disclosure & Barring Service check and an occupational health check both administered through the host school after an offer is accepted.

Personal qualities

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.

Other requirements

A realistic understanding of both the role of a teacher and some current issues facing the profession is important. It can really help to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state primary to strengthen your application but this is not a strict requirement in itself. Top tips for getting some observational experience (primary).

If you wish to train at one of our faith schools, they will also be looking for someone sympathetic to the values of their faith.

About the training provider

WHO ARE WE?

The West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) is 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 focussed on recruitment for qualified teachers in our alliance schools the following year.

Further opportunities to develop your career with WLTSA

About the accredited provider

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 programme that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY: St Mary’s offer 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/

Contact details

Email
pcurrey@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
020 8748 7600 x466
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/primary-courses/
Address
Sacred Heart High School (WLTSA Teaching School Office)
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

Apply

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.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2H3
  • Training programme code: 37F9

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
4 St Marys of the Angels RC Primary School Shrewsbury Road W2 7PR
5 St James Catholic Primary School 260 Stanley Road,, Twickenham, Middlesex TW2 5NP
R St Charles Catholic Primary School St Charles Square W10 6EB
3 St Mary's Catholic Primary School (W4) Duke Road, Chiswick W4 2DF

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