This course VY4N 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.
Most schools need you to be able to teach at least one of the three sciences to A-Level, and to be willing and able to teach all three Sciences at Key Stage 3 and ideally to GCSE. We can help you learn to do so.
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.
The university still awards your PGCE. WLTTA 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 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.
Throughout your time in both schools, your university tutor visits you to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors.
You will have the opportunity to teach across KS3/KS4 and to support KS5. KS3 topics cover science more generally, including elements and chemical reactions, cell biology, nutrition and digestion, atoms, energy and forces.