This course U945 with a SEN school, 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
There is a core, taught to all trainees, including the nature of DT in Education, ICT and Graphics, with the opportunity for you to specialise in Product Design, Textiles Technology or Electronic and Communications technology (ECT) and to develop a second strength in at least one other area.
We focus on extending your knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and making, with an emphasis on active practical learning and problem solving.
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 mentors, you will feel supported as you become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent experienced teachers who undertake rigorous training to develop mentoring skills.
Your university tutor visits you in both schools to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors.
Topics taught include developing and designing products, manufacturing using a range of materials and tools, evaluating the process and final product in order to assess technical knowledge.