This course 2XWH 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) in partnership with (and accredited by) the UCL (Institute of Education).
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 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 remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our ongoing CPD.
Having chosen your host school with WLTSA, you would attend 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.
The Business Education PGCE prepares you to teach across the 14–19 age range, helping you develop the professional skills and attitudes to teach business in schools and colleges, as part of both academic (A level and GCSE) and BTEC courses. You would attend a range of lectures and workshops with other secondary teacher trainees, including those relating to teaching and assessing, classroom management, child protection.
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.
Your university tutor will visit you in school on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your university tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.
You will have the opportunity to teach both KS4 (GCSE) and KS5 and take an active part in extracurricular activities such as organising business trips. Examples of KS4 topics include effective financial management, putting a business idea into practice and marketing.