This course 36B7 leads to PGCE (M)QTS. The significance of the qualifications can be found here.
This course is run by the West London Teacher Training Alliance (WLTTA) in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham. We make prompt shortlisting decisions and will liaise with you quickly if we need additional information.
WLTTA enables you to choose your host school. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy and they want to retain you, you can be employed for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTTA trainee, all our schools could employ you this way and we operate a pool.
Our aim is to produce exceptional teachers who could remain in alliance schools to continue their careers, taking advantage of further professional development, including the accredited Early Career induction programme.
You would enrol at the university and would:
- attend all the same university sessions with those who had applied through the university;
- have full access to university facilities and mentors.
The university awards your PGCE. WLTTA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement.
As a guide: Typical timetable
The university is at the forefront of computing education, with staff contributing to curriculum development, publications and policy at national/international level.
The programme includes practical activities, independent study, group work and academic input. Written assignments allow you to pursue your own professional interests from a foundation of core pedagogic subject knowledge
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.
Your university tutor visits you in both schools to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors.
You will have the opportunity to teach KS3-5 including digital literacy, computer science/info technology; algorithms in computer programs; current and emerging technologies; the theory of computation; fundamentals of data and computer systems.