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West London Teacher Training Alliance (Secondary) Citizenship (SEND) (M212)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London
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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.wltta.org.uk
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Contents

Course summary

QUALIFICATION

This course M212, with a SEN school, leads to PGCE (M)QTS

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by the West London Teacher Training Alliance (WLTTA) in partnership with UCL. 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.

THE TRAINING

You would enrol at the university and would attend 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. WLTTA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement.

As a guide: typical timetable

The Citizenship PGCE offers students the opportunity to be trained at the leading edge of citizenship education for the 11–16 age range, becoming one of the next generation of specialist teachers of Citizenship and associated subjects such as Government and Politics, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law and PSHE.

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.

Your university tutor will visit you in both schools 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.

You will learn how to really engage students in Citizenship lessons, how to plan for compelling learning in Citizenship, how to support and challenge students to make optimum progress, how to build strong class boundaries and relationships, how to develop and utilise specialist subject knowledge, and how to plan memorable Active Citizenship projects.

School placements

CHOOSING YOUR SCHOOL

With WLTTA 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 another contrasting (mainstream) WLTTA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

If you want to see when you would be at the university; when at your main host school; and when the contrasting school - see our typical timetable linked above.

You can read a description of The Rise and our other secondary schools in our overall WLTTA Secondary School Summary Descriptions and also our Map of WLTTA Schools

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.

OUR DETAILED WEBSITE, LIVE ONLINE PRESENTATION AND Q&A

We recommend that you visit our website www.wltta.org.uk to properly see all our vacancies. You can download the course document for any of our courses and see a video about us, with previous trainees being interviewed.

If you want to, you can also sign up there to join our fortnightly ‘live’ Zoom presentation about getting into teaching and it includes an opportunity for Q&A . The presentation explains all about the different routes into teaching and their separate benefits; how the money works; tips about using the ‘Find Postgraduate Teacher Training’ portal; applications; offers; etc. No pressure, you don’t have to attend this at all. It’s just there for anyone who is trying to understand it all better. We get excellent feedback on this year after year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

You will need a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s honours degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a related subject.

Specific A-levels may not be required (depending on degree experience) but A levels in one or more of the following are useful: Politics, Law, Sociology, Citizenship Studies, Psychology, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Economics, Business Studies, Anthropology.

Your degree subject should be in Citizenship (SEND) or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 5 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Where appropriate, see our important guidance on:

Overseas Qualifications; and see which equivalency test providers we can accept tests from GCSE Equivalency tests.

We would normally only accept a candidate with one of the two required GCSEs outstanding (not both).

Personal qualities

We seek trainees with a passion to engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

  • committed to championing their students;
  • open to learning 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/committed to equal opportunities;
  • able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these; and with

It helps to have a sense of humour/ability to laugh at yourself!

Other requirements

Some previous experience with SEN children would be a distinct advantage.

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and an awareness of some current issues facing the profession is also important. We have some advice relating to school experience on our website: WLTTA School Experience tab

Offers are conditional on satisfactory outcome of a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Check and an occupational health check both administered through the university after an offer is accepted. The total cost of these checks is approx. £160.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

While not provided directly by WLTTA, 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.

About the training provider

THE WEST LONDON TEACHER TRAINING ALLIANCE (WLTTA)

The West London Teacher Training Alliance represents a large group of 70 schools (nurseries, primaries, special needs, secondaries, sixth forms; faith and non-faith, maintained schools, independent schools and free schools) – who are all seeking to mentor and build a relationship with a trainee who aspires to work in their school.

Most of our schools are in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, but we also have schools in Westminster, Richmond, Twickenham, Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Brent. The WLTTA office is based at Sacred Heart High School, in Hammersmith.

We have formal partnership arrangements for teacher training with four universities

  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • University of Roehampton
  • University College London (UCL)
  • London Metropolitan University

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 (do please look) wltta.org.uk

The WLTTA office is staffed full time with teacher-training recruitment experts to talk to on the phone.

With us, you choose the schools when you apply. If you perform well at interview but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we operate an internal referral system rather than rejecting you (see the interview section below).

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.

Interview process

Our schools seek trainees that aspire to work for them. We enable you to select your preferred host school(s) at application and later through a referral process. We provide information about the schools to help you choose.

STAGE 1: SCHOOL INTERVIEW

Once shortlisted, we would invite you to an interview with your chosen school. In addition to the panel interview, you may be asked to prepare something to teach in the classroom for a short time. You may also be asked to complete a short literacy/numeracy test.

Internal Referrals

If you are not selected as a preferred candidate by the school, but have demonstrated potential, you can then choose another school of ours if you were interested and eligible for another of our courses. We hope to fit good candidates with schools that they are happy with and where they can secure an offer.

STAGE 2: UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW

If you are identified as the preferred candidate from the school interview, we then arrange for you to be invited to the Stage 2 university interview. If you pass this, we will be able to make you an offer.

APPLICATIONS

The new application process (button at end) is intuitive, but we have made a short guide to how it works: How application system works.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTTA 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: You would be able to 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

LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY To register with London Met’s Disabilities and Dyslexia Service (DDS), you can call them on 020 7133 2188 or email: dds.studentservices@londonmet.ac.uk.

Contact this training provider

Email
adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
0208 748 7600 x290
Website
http://www.wltta.org.uk
Address
WLTTA Office, Sacred Heart High School
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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