This course 36CJ leads to PGCE(M)QTS. Further clarity on the significance of 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) 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 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 on-going CPD.
Having chosen your host school with WLTSA, you would attend the same university sessions with those who applied through the university and with other school partnerships; 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.
UCL draws on current research to inform a student's psychology and social science teaching, encouraging them to engage with recent debates, literature and policy. Our underlying aim is to develop students as reflective and highly skilled teachers.
The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the university, together with time in school.
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 will visit you 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.
At Chelsea Academy you will have the opportunity to teach Year 11-13 and work in another subject in Yr 7-10 such as Citizenship or Science. Sacred Heart teaches KS5 Psychology but you will cover lower key stages in your second placement.