This course 2XVY leads to QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications.
This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) in partnership with (and accredited by) St Mary’s University, Twickenham. We make prompt shortlisting decisions and will liaise with you quickly if we need additional information.
WLTSA enables you to choose your host school at application. Later, if there is a vacancy in your host school and they want to retain you, you can be employed fairly seamlessly for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our other secondary schools could also employ you this way and 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.
Your training will be predominantly based in your host (employing) school other than
- approx. 10 days at the university across the year; and
- your second placement for approx. 6 weeks at another WLTSA school.
You will register with the university and meet with your University Tutor who will begin to work with you on a needs analysis for a Training Plan. This will be reworked in term two and three between you, your school mentor and university tutor.
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 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 maintain close links with your host school throughout the programme.
You will have the opportunity to teach KS3; some KS4 GCSE; and to support some A-Level lessons. At KS3 each unit builds key geographical skills whilst exploring particular named places. These topics include ecosystems, weather, climatic hazards, urbanisation and many more. KS4 includes fieldwork, using maps and GIS, as well researching secondary evidence.