West London Teacher Training Alliance (Secondary) Social sciences (SEND) (W408)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Roehampton University
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
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.wltta.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

QUALIFICATION

This course W408 leads to PGCE (M)QTS. The significance of the qualifications can be found here.

SPECIAL FEATURES

This course is run by the West London Teacher Training Alliance (WLTTA) in partnership with the University of Roehampton. 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 will 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 awards your PGCE. WLTTA selects a contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement.

As a guide: Typical timetable

Our aim is to enable you to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. We provide opportunities for you to explore the theory and practice of social science education through lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop your expertise in the classroom through time in both your host (and contrasting) schools.

The course provides an awareness of the theoretical foundations of the subject, of strategies for teaching and learning and of current issues surrounding social sciences education. Regular tutorials enable you to receive individual support from tutors. Our lecturers are experienced teachers of social sciences and active researchers, while visiting lecturers offer workshops in specific aspects of teaching social sciences.

Through initial 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.

Your university tutor visits you in both schools to monitor your progress and discuss your development with you and your school mentors.

You will get the opportunity to teach both KS4 & KS5.

School placements

CHOOSING YOUR MAIN HOST SCHOOL

At application, with WLTTA, we want you to select your main host school as somewhere you aspire to work, but for this particular course, we are running it from one school, listed in the table at the end of this section.

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

We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting 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 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.
You can select up to three different schools (they interview independently) How application system works.

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.

This needs to be relevant for the course. Depending on the level of direct relevance of your degree, an A-Level or BTEC in the subject may strengthen your application.

Your degree subject should be in social sciences or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (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

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 DBS check (approx. £60) and an occupational health check (approx. £20) both administered through the university after an offer is accepted.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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.

About the accredited body

This WLTTA course is accredited by University of Roehampton, who have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years. Many members of staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of our provision; tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors. The university experience is enhanced by its beautiful campus - unique in being both close to central London and set in parkland with grand, historic buildings and lakes side by side with newly built modern facilities.

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.

Each of our schools interview independently, but the process is administered centrally through WLTTA. You may be asked in advance to complete online tests in numeracy and literacy; and a subject audit questionnaire.

Please email scans of your degree and Maths/English qualifications to WLTTA centrally (Pippa Currey) pcurrey@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk. We can still make an offer subject to later verification of particular qualifications.

INTERNAL REFERRALS

If you do not get an offer after the school interview but have demonstrated potential, you can then choose another school and we would recommend your shortlisting. You would not need to repeat the online tests or subject audit.

We hope to fit good candidates with schools that they are happy with and where they can secure an offer.

There remains an advantage initially in applying to the course at more than one school, because such applications would be considered in parallel rather than sequentially. If you have a clear first choice, email us and we can try to ensure a sensible order for the interviews.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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
pcurrey@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

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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