This course 38ZQ 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 programme includes lectures, workshops, tutorials, and classroom experience, proving you with an awareness of the theoretical foundations of the subject, and of strategies for teaching and learning.
Workshops enable you to explore drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and digital art. Regular university tutorials enable you to receive individual support. Lecturers on the programme are experienced teachers of art and design and active researchers in the field of art and design education, while visiting artists offer workshops in specific processes.
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/KS4 and support in KS5. At KS3, pupils will explore a series of projects, which develop skills and conceptual understanding, including knowledge of contemporary and historical art.