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West London Teaching School Alliance (Primary Roehampton) Primary (2Q4J)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/primary-courses/

Contents

About the course

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This course 2Q4J leads to PGCE(M)QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) in partnership with (and accredited by) the University of Roehampton with extra funding for trainees above DfE provision, see ‘Financial Support’ below.

WLTSA enables you to choose your host school at application. If during the training year 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 remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our on-going CPD.

TRAINING

Most of the training occurs in your host school (and at the school that WLTSA select as a contrasting placement for approx. 6 weeks in the Autumn) but you still enrol as a student at the university with full access to their facilities and mentors.

Part of your training is delivered from the university and part from our strategic lead primary (Fox Primary School, W8). Fox is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, with very high academic standards and significant experience of teacher training.

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. In school you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with children in a familiar environment.

Your university tutor will visit to monitor your progress at both schools, to discuss your development with you and your mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the programme. WLTSA also provides additional opportunities /seminars.

School placements

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 programme are listed below.

  • Sir John Lillie Primary School, SW6
  • St Vincent’s catholic Primary School, W3
  • Thomson House School, SW14

You can read descriptions 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 contact us 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.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Avondale Park Primary School
Sirdar Road, London, W11 4EE
No
Sir John Lillie Primary
Lillie Road, Fulham, SW6 7LN
No
St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School
1 Pierrepoint Road, Acton, London, W3 9JR
No
Thomson House School
Sheen Lane, SW14 8HY
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • A UK undergraduate honours degree or equivalent qualification at 2:2 or above.
  • Grade C (or 4) in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or approved equivalents).

Where appropriate, please read our important guidance on Overseas Qualifications and GCSE Equivalency tests.

Offers conditional on satisfactory outcome of DBS (£52) and an occupational health check (£20) both administered through the university after an offer is accepted.

By the end of the course you need to demonstrate proficiency in functional English/numeracy. You may be tested at interview to assess your level.

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 the role of a teacher and of issues facing the profession, is important. Tutoring experience could be helpful. We recognise that it may not be possible to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons while schools are maintaining discrete separation of their pupils in relation to Covid. Top tips for getting some observational experience.

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.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

While not provided by WLTSA directly, as a full time student you are eligible for cheaper travel in London using a student oyster card and in many boroughs you can get a reduction on your council tax payments.

About the training provider

WHO ARE WE?

We are a large alliance of 60 schools spread across West London. We have formal partnership arrangements with three universities.

The designation of ‘Teaching School’ is being withdrawn by DfE in Sept 2021 for all Teaching Schools across the country. Our operational delivery will continue as before, simply with a new name the West London Teacher Training Partnership.

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 but we also run fortnightly information plus Q&A sessions. These explain the different qualifications; different routes into teaching; finance; and how it all works!

Currently these sessions are online due to Covid restrictions. This may change over the course of the academic year. See how you can join one of these sessions here: ‘WLTSA Information Sessions and Q&A

‘That’s the first time that I have ever properly understood it all. Brilliant!’

Our office is staffed full time with experts to talk to on the phone.

You choose 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 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.

Interview process

The interview process for this course may change as the year progresses depending on the Covid situation.

Prior to Covid there interviews were face to face at your chosen school and you would be asked to bring your qualification certificates where possible.

We have now moved to a new online interview system and we anticipate that this new system will persist certainly throughout the autumn term, and possibly for the remainder of the year.

Your application will be considered by your chosen school, in collaboration with the WLTSA centrally and the university. This process is administered by the WLTSA Teaching School office. We will confirm that you have been shortlisted but you will be sent technical arrangements for the interview directly by the school.

You will need to email scans of your degree and Maths, English and Science qualifications if available to WLTSA centrally (Pippa Currey) pcurrey@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk

If you are still taking your degree or equivalency tests, that’s fine but if you don’t have access to original certificates of exams already taken for your degree and maths, English and science GCSEs, this is something that you should start to resolve now. If you don’t have them in time for the interview, please be assured that we can still make an offer to you but it would be subject to later verification of original documents and sometimes certified copies can take a while to arrive.

We try to ensure that you have at least a week’s notice of interviews.

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: University of Roehampton Disabilities Services

Contact this training provider

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

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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