This course 2XW5 leads to PGCE (M) QTS. Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.
This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) as Provider (in partnership with (and accredited by) St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
WLTSA enables you to choose your main host school at application. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy in your host school and they want to keep you at the end of the training, you can be employed fairly seamlessly for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our other WLTSA secondary schools could also employ you this way and we operate a pool. Further opportunities to develop your career with WLTSA
You would 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: 2018-19 block 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.
As a trainee Modern Languages teacher you will have the opportunity to teach KS3 French and Spanish, as well as French and Spanish GCSEs. At either your host or second placement school you would have the opportunity to support KS5.
Example of KS3 topics taught: physical appearance and personality; free time activities and fashion; school and future plans; holiday plans. These are taught with a focus on developing vocabulary, grammar and linguistic competence through reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.