This course 2XX2 leads to PGCE(M)QTS. Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.
This course is run by West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) as Provider (in partnership with and accredited by) University of Roehampton.
WLTSA enables you to choose your host school at application. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy in your 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 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.
Having chosen your main school 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.
There is a core, taught to all trainees, including the nature of DT in Education, ICT and Graphics, with the opportunity for you to specialise in Product Design, Textiles Technology or Electronic and Communications technology (ECT) and to develop a second strength in at least one other area.
We focus on extending your knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and making, with an emphasis on active practical learning and problem solving.
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 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 KS3/KS4, and support some KS5. KS3 topics include developing/designing products, manufacturing using a range of materials and tools, evaluating the process and final product in order to assess technical knowledge. Drayton Manor also teach Food Technology.