This course VB8N leads to PGCE (M) QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here.
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.
You would enrol and 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.
As a Maths trainee teacher, you will have the opportunity to teach Maths at KS3/KS4 as well There may also be opportunities to observe/support A-Level qualifications either in your host or placement school. You will gain experience teaching students across a range of ability groups
Examples of KS3 topics taught: number and algebra; shape, space and measures, and handling data in order to assess the fundamentals in maths, reasoning and problem solving skills. Students continue to study these 4 main themes at KS4. KS5 explore core mathematics, mechanics and statistics.