West London Teaching School Alliance (Secondary)
English (with SEN school) (H4NY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/

Contents

About the course

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This course H4NY leads to PGCE (M) QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.

SPECIAL FEATURES This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) in partnership with (and accredited by) St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

WLTSA enables you to choose your host school. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy and they want to retain you, you can be employed fairly seamlessly for 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 then remain in alliance schools, continuing to further their career with the benefit of our on-going CPD.

THE TRAINING

You would enrol at the university and 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: Typical Timetable.

Lectures would include teaching, assessing, classroom management and child protection. Subject seminars are led by your university tutor.

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 visits you to monitor your progress and discuss your development.

KS3 subject content is focused on developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students read and respond to a range of literature. They are taught to write for a variety of purposes and to develop their skills in effective communication and analysis. Speaking and listening tasks may include a range of drama activities, group debates and speeches.

At KS4 you will plan and deliver tasks which enable students to prepare effectively for their GCSE exams in English Language and English Literature. This will include teaching the core texts, developing their interpretative and analytical skills and helping to improve their writing.

Interview process

COVID

The interview process for this course may change as the year progresses depending on the Covid situation.

Prior to Covid, we had a two-stage process with one initial interview at the university, and then an interview at your chosen host school a couple of days later. The school interview included an opportunity for you to join a class to either assist or to teach something for a short time.

We have now moved to a system where both interviews are online. We anticipate that this new system will persist certainly throughout the autumn term, and possibly for the remainder of the year.

ONLINE INTERVIEWS

Those shortlisted by WLTSA will be emailed by the university to ask you to upload scans of various documents to their portal. This will include identification documents and relevant qualification certificates and transcripts if you already have them (see course requirements below).

They may also ask you to complete a brief subject audit questionnaire. This will help them to establish the range of your subject knowledge and whether or not a subject knowledge enhancement course may be needed as a condition, if an offer is made. This can all be discussed at interview.

If you don’t have access to original certificates of exams already taken in time for the university interview, please be assured that we can still make an offer to you but it would be subject to later verification of your qualifications and certified copies can take a couple of months to arrive.

How school placements work

SELECTING A SCHOOL

With WLTSA you select the main host school at application and normally there are several to choose from but we are only running this particular course (which specifies a SEN host school) from The Rise School, TW13.

We then later arrange your second placement at a contrasting (mainstream) WLTSA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

You can read a description of The Rise and our other secondary schools in our overall WLTSA Secondary School Summary Descriptions. Our Map of WLTSA Schools may also be helpful.

Please be aware that we have other WLTSA secondary courses at other schools including a separate English unsalaried course being run at many mainstream schools (Course 2XVJ) and an English salaried option (Course 2XVP). You can make three choices overall when you apply.

THE TECHNICAL BIT!

You don’t have to restrict yourself to one school within a course, but each school would count as one application and you get three choices overall in Round 1. Please also be aware that we have so many partner schools that we have been forced to split artificially on UCAS into three provider names. See How to apply & how to choose more than one school on a course.

BE STRATEGIC WHEN YOU APPLY

You can always contact us to ask how many applications (if any) are being considered by different schools at the point that you are about to apply. We also keep our website up to date so that you can see which schools have already shortlisted and are interviewing.

We commonly interview individually whenever a good application is received.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Full details of DfE bursaries and Student Finance England loans as referred to above can be found on Funding My Training - A page on the DfE’s ‘Get into Teaching’ website.

As a guide:

  • Bursary eligibility simply depends on your residency status and whether you have a degree of at least a 2.2

  • Depending on your residency status, you can take out a student loan. You can do this even if you already have an undergraduate loan. Loans for tuition fees are not means tested (whereas loans for maintenance are means tested) but you should confirm this using the link above.

While not provided directly by WLTSA, please be aware that as a full time student you would be eligible for cheaper travel in London using a student oyster card and in many boroughs you can get a reduction on your council tax payments.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent normally in English. Tutors will apply their discretion in terms of assessing your subject knowledge. Where the degree is not ‘English’, a B at A-Level English is required.

  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) or the equivalent, in English Language and Mathematics.

Where appropriate, please read our guidance Overseas Qualifications and if necessary also GCSE Equivalency Tests

Offers conditional on satisfactory outcome of DBS check (approx. £52) and occupational health check (approx. £20) both administered through the university.

Previous experience with SEN children would be a distinct advantage.

Personal qualities

We want you to have passion and enthusiasm. We need trainees who can engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

  • committed to championing their students;
  • open to learn about children’s physical/social/emotional/cognitive needs and how these can affect behaviour;
  • in good health with the ability to cope with stress. Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but it also requires an element of resilience!
  • professional and committed to equal opportunities;
  • able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these.
  • have a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at yourself.

Other requirements

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and some current issues facing the profession is also important. We recognise that it may not be possible to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state secondary school but this observation is not a ‘requirement’ and we recognise that it is unlikely to be possible for anyone while schools are maintaining discrete separation of their pupils in relation to Covid. Top tips for getting some observational experience.

About the training provider

WHO ARE WE?

We are a large alliance of 60 schools spread across West London. We have formal partnership arrangements with three universities.

The designation of ‘Teaching School’ is being withdrawn by DfE in Sept 2021 for all Teaching Schools across the country. Our operational delivery will continue as before, simply with a new name the West London Teacher Training Partnership.

OUR APPROACH TO TRAINEE RECRUITMENT

We pride ourselves in the support that we provide potential applicants and in the speed of our shortlisting. We have a detailed website which is a good place to start but we also run fortnightly information plus Q&A sessions. These explain the different qualifications; different routes into teaching; finance; and how it all works!

Currently these sessions are online due to Covid restrictions. This may change over the course of the academic year. See how you can join one of these sessions here: ‘WLTSA Information Sessions and Q&A

‘That’s the first time that I have ever properly understood it all. Brilliant!’

Our office is staffed full time with experts to talk to on the phone.

You choose schools when you apply. If you perform well but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we continue to work with you, recommending you to other schools of your choice rather than rejecting you.

We place significant emphasis on getting a good fit between trainee and school because we are all keenly focused on recruitment for qualified teachers in our alliance schools the following year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTSA and all our partner universities are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.

You can also find support and information from the university accrediting the course that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY offers advice and support to their students who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury. St Mary’s Dyslexia and Disability Co-ordinator (DDC) works closely with the other members of the Student Services team, supporting students in their time at university assisting them to be proactive in their studies as an independent learner. http://www.smuc.ac.uk/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability/

UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Disabilities/Support/

UCL: School Direct students can access the services provided by UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team. See the following web page for full details:- https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/student-support-and-wellbeing

Contact details

Email
adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
0208 748 7600 x290
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/secondary-courses/
Address
WLTSA Teaching School c/o Sacred Heart High School
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
The Rise School, TW13 7EF
Browells Lane, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 7EF
Yes R

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