This course 2XVS leads to PGCE (M)QTS. The significance of the qualifications can be found here.
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.
You would enrol at the university and:
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, through an initial programme of observations, 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 KS3as well as some KS4 GCSE lessons. At either your host or second placement school, you would also be able to support some A-Level lessons.
You will gain experience in planning lessons and teaching to develop students enquiring minds about the world around them. Each unit builds key geographical skills whilst exploring particular named places. Some of these topics include ecosystems, weather, climatic hazards, urbanisation and many more.
In KS4 students participate in fieldwork, using maps and Geographical Information Systems as well researching secondary evidence.