This course 2Q4V leads to PGCE(M)QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications
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 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 on-going CPD.
Teacher Training requires focus on Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 or KS1/KS2. You can teach any primary age when you qualify but it may influence the class you teach in your first job. This programme focuses more on FS/KS1.
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.