This course 2XVZ leads to PGCE (M) QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.
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. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy 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.
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; and the university still awards your PGCE. WLTSA 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 staff. 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.
As a trainee History teacher you will have the opportunity to teach KS3/KS4 history. You will also have experiences of relevant A-Level qualifications either at your host or placement school.
Examples of KS3 topics taught: Medieval Britain, Tudors and Stuarts, Civil Rights, Industrialisation and International Relations from 1900 – in order to develop key historical concepts such as causation through analysis and use of sources.