West London Teacher Training Alliance (Secondary) English (2XVJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.wltta.org.uk

Contents

About the course

QUALIFICATION

This course 2XVJ leads to PGCE (M)QTS

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by the West London Teacher Training Alliance (WLTTA) in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham. We make prompt shortlisting decisions and will liaise with you quickly if we need additional information.

WLTTA enables you to choose your host school. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy and they want to retain you, you can be employed for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTTA trainee, all our schools could employ you this way and we operate a pool.

Our aim is to produce exceptional teachers who could remain in alliance schools to continue their careers, taking advantage of further professional development, including the accredited Early Career induction programme.

THE TRAINING

You would enrol at the university and:

  • attend all the same university sessions with those who had applied through the university;

  • have full access to university facilities and mentors.

The university still awards your PGCE. WLTTA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement.

As a guide: Typical timetable

Lectures would include teaching, assessing, classroom management and child protection. Subject seminars are led by your university tutor.

At school you will become familiar with the workings of the school and department (pupil groups, pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, methods of teaching, lesson planning, and assessment).

You will be treated like a member of teaching staff and with your school mentors, you will feel supported as you become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent experienced teachers who undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills.

Throughout your time in both schools, your university tutor visits you to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors.

You will have the opportunity to teach KS3 and KS4 and to support KS5.

KS3 focuses on developing reading/writing/speaking/listening skills. Students read and respond to a range of literature. They are taught to write for a variety of purposes and to develop their skills in effective communication and analysis. Speaking/listening tasks may include a range of drama activities, group debates and speeches.

At KS4 you will plan and deliver tasks which enable students to prepare effectively for their GCSE exams in English Language and English Literature. This will include teaching the core texts, developing their interpretative and analytical skills and helping to improve their writing.

School placements

CHOOSING YOUR SCHOOL

With WLTTA, you select the main host school at application. We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting WLTTA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

If you want to see when you would be at the university; when at your main host school; and when the contrasting school - see our typical timetable linked above.

The schools seeking trainees on this particular course are listed below.

  • Chelsea Academy, SW10
  • Drayton Manor High School, W7
  • Fulham Cross Academy, SW6
  • Gumley House School TW7
  • Hammersmith Academy W6
  • Queens Park Community School, NW6
  • Sacred Heart High School, W6
  • St Benedict’s School, W5
  • St Marks Catholic School, TW3
  • St Richard Reynolds TW1
  • West London Free School, W6

The characters and location of our schools are varied. To help you decide, please refer to our overall WLTTA Secondary School Summary Descriptions and also our Map of WLTTA Schools

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.

OUR DETAILED WEBSITE, LIVE ONLINE PRESENTATION AND Q&A

We recommend that you visit our website www.wltta.org.uk to properly see all our vacancies, for example we have a separate English unsalaried course at a SEN school. You can download the course document for any of our courses and see a video about us, with previous trainees being interviewed.

If you want to, you can also sign up there to join our fortnightly ‘live’ Zoom presentation about getting into teaching and it includes an opportunity for Q&A . The presentation explains all about the different routes into teaching and their separate benefits; how the money works; tips about using the ‘Find Postgraduate Teacher Training’ portal; applications; offers; etc. No pressure, you don’t have to attend this at all. It’s just there for anyone who is trying to understand it all better. We get excellent feedback on this year after year.

Locations

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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Chelsea Academy SW10 0AB
Lots Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0AB
Yes
Drayton Manor High School, W7 1EU
Drayton Bridge Road, London, W7 1EU
Yes
Fulham Cross Academy SW6 6SN
Kingswood Road, London, SW6 6SN
Yes
Gumley House Convent School, TW7 6XF
Gumley House Convent School, St John’s Road, Isleworth, London, TW7 6XF
Yes
Hammersmith Academy W12 9JD
25 Cathnor Road, Hammersmith, London, W12 9JD
Yes
Queens Park Community School
Aylestone Avenue, London, NW6 7BQ
Yes
Sacred Heart High School, W6 7DG
212 Hammersmith Road, London, W6 7DG
Yes
St Benedict’s School, W5 2ES
54 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London, W5 2ES
Yes
St Mark’s Roman Catholic School, TW3 3EJ
106 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW3 3EJ
Yes
St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, TW1
Clifden Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 4LT
Yes
The Fulham Boys’ School, W14 9LY
Mund Street, Gibbs Green, London, W14 9LY
Yes
West London Free School, W6 9LP
241 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9LP
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

We would normally require the degree to be ‘English’ but St Mary’s subject tutors will apply their discretion in terms of assessing your subject knowledge. Where the degree is not purely English, a B at A-Level English is required.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Where appropriate, see our important guidance on:

Overseas Qualifications; and see which equivalency test providers we can accept tests from GCSE Equivalency tests.

We would normally only accept a candidate with one of the two required GCSEs outstanding (not both).

Personal qualities

We seek trainees with a passion to engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

  • committed to championing their students;
  • open to learning 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/committed to equal opportunities;
  • able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these; and with

It helps to have a sense of humour/ability to laugh at yourself!

Other requirements

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and an awareness of some current issues facing the profession is also important. We have some advice relating to school experience on our website: WLTTA School Experience tab

Offers are conditional on satisfactory outcome of a DBS check (approx. £60) and an occupational health check (approx. £20) both administered through the university after an offer is accepted.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

While not provided directly by WLTTA, please be aware that as a full time student you would be 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

THE WEST LONDON TEACHER TRAINING ALLIANCE (WLTTA)

The West London Teacher Training Alliance represents a large group of 70 schools (nurseries, primaries, special needs, secondaries, sixth forms; faith and non-faith, maintained schools, independent schools and free schools) – who are all seeking to mentor and build a relationship with a trainee who aspires to work in their school.

Most of our schools are in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, but we also have schools in Westminster, Richmond, Twickenham, Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Brent. The WLTTA office is based at Sacred Heart High School, in Hammersmith.

We have formal partnership arrangements for teacher training with four universities

  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • University of Roehampton
  • University College London (UCL)
  • London Metropolitan University

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 (do please look) wltta.org.uk

The WLTTA office is staffed full time with teacher-training recruitment experts to talk to on the phone.

With us, you choose the schools when you apply. If you perform well at interview but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we operate an internal referral system rather than rejecting you (see the interview section below).

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.

About the accredited body

This WLTTA course is accredited by St Mary’s University, Twickenham,

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 2019 the St Mary’s Institute of Education was once again rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’.

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.

Interview process

Our schools seek trainees that aspire to work for them. We enable you to select your preferred host school(s) at application and later through a referral process. We provide information about the schools to help you choose.

STAGE 1: UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW

Once shortlisted, we arrange for you to be invited to an online university interview. You will be asked to upload ID documents and relevant certificates/transcripts if available. We can still make an offer subject to later verification of qualifications.

The university may ask you to prepare a brief presentation on a particular topic and a subject audit questionnaire. This will help them to establish the breadth of your subject knowledge, which they will discuss with you. ‘Subject Knowledge Enhancement’ courses are sometimes included as an offer condition.

STAGE 2: SCHOOL INTERVIEW

The school interview follows 3-4 days later and could lead to an offer.

INTERNAL REFERRALS

If you do not get an offer from Stage 2 but have demonstrated potential, you can then choose another school and we would recommend your shortlisting. The university interview would not be repeated.

We hope to fit good candidates with schools that they are happy with and where they can secure an offer.

There remains an advantage in applying to the course at more than one school, because such applications would be considered in parallel rather than sequentially.

APPLICATIONS

The new application process (button at end) is intuitive, but we have made a short guide to how it works: How application system works.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTTA 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 course that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY offers 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/

UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Disabilities/Support/

UCL: You would be able to access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:- https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/student-support-and-wellbeing

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY To register with London Met’s Disabilities and Dyslexia Service (DDS), you can call them on 020 7133 2188 or email: dds.studentservices@londonmet.ac.uk.

Contact this training provider

Email
adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
0208 748 7600 x290
Website
http://www.wltta.org.uk
Address
WLTTA Office, 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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