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Wandle Teaching School Alliance Art and Design (22CW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Goldsmiths, University of London
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.wandletsa.com

Contents

About the course

This programme prepares you to teach art and design in secondary schools. You are shown how to plan, resource and organise art lessons, and how to monitor, record, evaluate and assess the art practices of students. Wandle TSA lead secondary school, Chestnut Grove Academy has been a leading Art Specialist college for many years and provides both a stimulating and creative learning environment for our School Direct students.

We encourage you to create exciting, questioning and stimulating learning environments.

You’ll explore how young people develop their own forms of exploration, expression and communication.

You’ll learn about current educational initiatives and agendas and wider political and conceptual issues related to art and design education and how to design, develop, resource and organise art and design lessons, and how to monitor, record, evaluate and assess the art and design practices of young people.

A central philosophical position of the Goldsmiths PGCE is the importance and essential element of your practice as an artist/designer/craftsperson and how this can contribute to your development as an educator.

School placements

Wandle TSA PGCE School Direct students will have two school placements. These will be in two of our partner schools and will offer you a contrasting school experience, for example, one placement in a mixed school and a second in a single sex school. We will discuss with you the best school to have your placements taking into account your travel requirements. All our School Direct students are invited to spend the first week of term with their first placement school as an early induction and to gain invaluable experience in participating in the beginning of term. This also allows many of the induction processes to be carried out and for you to get to know staff, systems and students. The age range will be from 11 to 18 and you will be required to teach across two stages in your placement, Key Stage 3 and 4 or 5 when you join us for your formal placements and training. We have seven secondary partner schools in our alliance. These schools are situated in SW London, primarily in Wandsworth and Lambeth and all schools have excellent transport links. The length of school placement is 120 days over the two placements In addition to the class teachers you will have a subject mentor, a school mentor as well as your Goldsmiths mentor to support you through these placements. You will always be supported in your classroom teaching and all our schools have extensive in house training programmes. The Alliance runs several extra workshops throughout the training . We have special schools , primary schools and Children centres in our Alliance and we encourage our students to take advantage by visiting to gain a wide understanding of the educational landscape. At all times we keep you at the centre of the learning process and we work hard to ensure you have a challenging but supportive experience.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Wandle TSA in conjunction with Goldsmiths require a minimum of a 2.2 or above honours degree and GCSEs in English Language and Maths at Grade C/5 or above.

Personal qualities

The Wandle Teaching School Alliance wishes to recruit high quality graduates committed to developing themselves as outstanding teachers. We are looking for candidates who have high expectations for their students. You should be a good communicator, enjoy challenge and have a love of learning. You will need to be resilient, flexible and hard working. We expect you to have excellent subject knowledge and the ability to build a strong rapport with students of all abilities. It also helps to have a sense of humour and, most importantly of all, to like and respect children.

Other requirements

We strongly recommend that you spend some time observing teaching and learning in an inner London school before applying or whilst waiting for interview. This is important as teaching and learning is a dynamic process and changes in pedagogy and curriculum content may mean classrooms are very different places from when you last were in school. It is therefore important to spend some time in a school so as you can reflect on what you have learned in your PGCE interviews.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Some UK/EU students may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship depending on subject and previous qualifications. See Get into Teaching for up-to-date details.

Financial support from the training provider

Some UK/EU students may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship depending on subject and previous qualifications. See Get into Teaching for up-to-date details.

About the training provider

Train to become a teacher with the Wandle Teaching School Alliance ( WTSA) and benefit from a tailored programme of personal development and support from outstanding, experienced professionals. Our aim is to always keep you at the centre of everything we do. Our programmes are high challenge and high support as we believe in preparing you to become the best possible teacher you can be. Our Alliance of over forty members, based in south and south west London, offers a unique opportunity to train within a wide range of schools, Primary, Secondary and Special. Training with us will enable you to gain an in-depth experience of all aspects of teaching and learning within a secure and caring environment. We offer additional workshops throughout the year to develop your professional learning and practice to the highest level, for example, you will be able to take part in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection training, leading to the CEOPS certificate. We are a dynamic and collaborative learning community and we look forward to you starting your teaching career with us.

About the accredited body

Goldsmiths, University of London have been training teachers since 1904 and are renowned as leaders in educational research and teacher training. Wandle TSA works in close collaboration with Goldsmiths, in both teacher training and research. We particularly value Goldsmiths programmes as they have a strong emphasis on active learning, creativity and inclusion. Our graduates benefit from excellent employment opportunities. Goldsmiths have internationally recognised professors in their Educational Studies department, including Michael Rosen. Goldsmiths campus is set in vibrant New Cross, with excellent London Overground, National Rail and bus links into central London and to Wandle TSA schools.

Interview process

Applicants who are shortlisted are invited to a Wandle TSA selection day. Goldsmiths tutors may attend the selection day. Candidates should allow a full day for this and dress appropriately. Candidates will be asked to complete a set of tasks; this will include two written tasks, an oral presentation of portfolio work , and an interview with school and university subject specialists. If successful at this stage, Goldsmiths will make a conditional offer. Applicants will have 10 days to accept or reject the offer. Candidates will have to be certified as meeting the national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. Goldsmiths University will ask candidates to complete a health questionnaire for scrutiny by their occupational health provider. Candidates are responsible for the cost of obtaining occupational health clearance, which is approximately £45. Candidates will also be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a condition of entry.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Wandle TSA aims to create an environment that enables anyone to participate fully in the mainstream of school life. We address disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010:

  • mobility and sensory impairments
  • mental health issues
  • specific learning difficulties (SpLD), including the autistic spectrum and Aspergers Syndrome
  • medical conditions which may have an impact on day-to-day activities All our partner universities have well established student support services. Wandle TSA proactively works with our partner’s student services in meeting the needs of our PGCE students. A wide range of support services is available to students through the universities with reference to all of the above. We encourage you to make contact with us as early in the application process as possible so as we can work with the university in identifying services appropriate to your individual needs. In the first instance you should contact the Director of the Teaching School, Mr Denys Wallace on dwallace5.212@lgflmail.org . Our aim is to ensure that there as few barriers as possible to prevent you studying successfully. We therefore work closely with the university tutorial teams to customise programmes as necessary. The universities will provide ICT enabling support and our schools will help you understand, use and customise the accessibility options built-in to your devices Alliance schools provide access for students with mobility impairments and have dedicated car parking allocated for the duration of school placements. Specific mobility issues for the individual schools will be addressed in collaboration with you.

Contact this training provider

Email
dwallace5.212@lgflmail.org
Telephone
020 8772 2521
Website
http://www.wandletsa.com
Address
Wandle Teaching School Alliance
Dagnall Street
Battersea
London
SW11 5DT

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