Teach West London Teaching School Hub Music (Z694)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Lampton LWA SCITT
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://teachwestlondon.org.uk/initial-teacher-training

Contents

Course summary

Twyford Church of England High School is one of four Twyford Trust schools, and School Direct trainees will be joining us at a time of considerable growth. The Twyford Trust aims to deliver outstanding education in a comprehensive school setting, and embraces the motto ‘Life in all its fullness’, encouraging students to use their individual gifts wisely and well. The atmosphere at the school reflects this. It is upbeat, positive and energetic with an emphasis on high engagement.

Twyford is currently heavily oversubscribed and there are now almost 1000 students in Years 7 -11 and over 500 in the 6th Form. Alongside its specialisms of Science, Languages and Music, the Arts at Twyford also have a very high profile at the school with regular productions, exhibitions and performances. In its most recent Ofsted inspection, Twyford was graded as outstanding, the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.

The School Direct Music programme at Twyford begins in September 2023. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2024, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) plus Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All schools in the Teach West London Ealing secondary partnership are highly supportive and inspirational environments where you will develop the necessary skills and acquire a true appreciation of the practice essential for outstanding teaching and learning. You will learn your craft in a safe environment which allows you to experiment with teaching styles, strategies and ideas.

Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school. You will participate in weekly sessions which will cover a wide range of topics and policies which will be of use to you in your subject area and the school as a whole. You will also have the opportunity to attend partnership wide training events along with fellow trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at Lampton SCITT.

You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at Twyford School who will support you in your development over the course of what will be a challenging and rewarding year. All mentors are excellent teachers who are well-trained in mentoring, coaching, lesson observations and feedback skills. You will also work closely with a member of the Senior Leadership team who will oversee a great deal of your training and will provide an invaluable perspective on your role as a teacher and the wider issues of education leadership.

School placements

As well as your main training placement at Ealing Fields School, you will complete a six-week placement in a contrasting context within Ealing.

This will afford you the opportunity to experience working with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in music or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We do not offer equivalency tests ourselves, but our university partners may do although these may be at a cost to the candidate.

Personal qualities

We seek to appoint applicants who exhibit a passion for and excellent knowledge of their subject and a commitment to the education of all young people.

It is anticipated that all successful applicants will participate fully in the life of the school and therefore it is essential that trainees are very well organised, hardworking and enthusiastic.

We look to appoint those with the potential to become outstanding teachers, with this in mind, it is crucial that applicants are resilient, reflective and responsive to advice.

Other requirements

School experience is also essential if you are interested in applying for School Direct. We prefer that candidates have up to 10 days of recent experience in a UK school. If you have arranged some classroom experience but it is yet to take place, please make a note of this in your application.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Teach West London, the Teaching School Hub for Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow, is the partner provider for Ealing’s secondary School Direct programmes.

We work in collaboration with St Mary’s University, Lampton LWA SCITT and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Ealing has a fantastic reputation for its well-established training programmes and its excellent track-record of induction. Our commitment to ensuring that all trainees, regardless of subject or route, are able to benefit from the experience and expertise of the very best practitioners makes it an excellent place to train and procure employment once qualified.

For the past eight years, the majority of our trainees have secured their first qualified teacher role within the borough upon completion of their training year.

Please click on the following link to find out about recent teacher progression routes from trainees at the Twyford CofE Academies Trust: https://vimeo.com/360797633

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview which will be with the school and Lampton SCITT. You will take part in some or all of the following activities: a presentation; a written task; small group teaching; curriculum discussion and an interview. You will be told in advance if you are required to prepare a presentation or to teach.

It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to ensure successful applicants are well placed to succeed.

Please note that we recruit on a rolling basis and usually offer only one position per subject area (unless otherwise stated). We suggest that you apply early as popular subjects are filled quickly.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Teach West London, and its partner schools, aim to ensure that all potential staff have equality of opportunity, regardless of disability.

Contact this training provider

Email
info@teachwestlondon.org.uk
Telephone
020 8752 0141
Website
https://teachwestlondon.org.uk/initial-teacher-training
Address
c/o Twyford CE High School
Twyford Crescent
Acton
London
W3 9PP

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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