This course 37F8 leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Further clarity on the significance of different teacher training qualifications can be found here .
This course is run by the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) as Provider (in partnership with (and accredited by) St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
WLTSA enables you to choose your host school at application. If later, there is a teaching vacancy in your school and they are keen to retain you, you can be employed the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTSA trainee, all our 43 primary schools could employ you this way; 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 continuing professional development.
Your training is predominantly at your host (employing) school other than
- 13 days at the university;
- your second placement at a contrasting WLTSA school for approx. 6 weeks post February half term up to the Easter holidays.
You register with the university and meet your university support tutor who will work with you on a needs analysis for a Training Plan (TP) in term one. This will be reworked in term two and three between you, your school mentor and university support tutor.
At school, through an initial programme of observations you will become familiar with the organisation and working of the school (pupil groups and pastoral systems, staffing, curriculum, resources, facilities, approaches to learning and teaching, lesson planning and assessment).
From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of staff. With your school mentors you will feel supported as you progress and become ready to teach. Our mentors are excellent teachers and undertake rigorous training to develop their mentoring skills. In school, you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with children in a familiar environment.
You will have the opportunity to teach a range of year groups (children aged 5-11) in Maths, English and Science as well as other subjects and themed projects. You will have experience of the National Curriculum and teacher assessment.
Throughout your time in both schools, your university tutor visits you and your school mentors. University elements of the programme cover teaching and assessing; classroom management; child protection; English, Maths and Science. WLTSA also provides additional opportunities /seminars.