West London Teaching School Alliance (Primary St Mary’s)
Primary (37F9)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/primary-courses/

Contents

About the course

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This course 37F9 leads to PGCE(M)QTS. The significance of different teacher training qualifications .

SPECIAL FEATURES

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 at application. If during the training year there is a teaching vacancy in your school and they are keen to retain you, you can be employed for 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.

THE TRAINING You would attend all the same university sessions with those who had applied to the university, with full access to university facilities/mentors. The university still awards your PGCE.

As a rough guide, see an example timetable from another year. WLTSA selects a second contrasting school for your ‘away’ placement which occurs before your (longer) time at the main host school.

The university programme covers: teaching and assessing; classroom management; child protection; maths, English, science, music, history, drama, geography, art, design and technology, PE, MFL and Masters.

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.

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. Your time in school provides you with the opportunity to develop your teaching expertise and relationships with children and young people in a familiar environment.

You will have the opportunity to teach a range of year groups (children aged 5-11) covering Maths, English and Science as well as other subjects and themed projects. You will have experience of the National Curriculum and teacher assessment.

Your university tutor will visit to monitor your progress at both schools and discuss your development with you and your mentors. You will maintain close links with your host school throughout the course.

Interview process

COVID CHANGES

The interview process for this course may change as the year progresses depending on the Covid situation.

Prior to Covid, we had a two-stage process with one initial interview at the university, and then an interview at your chosen host school a couple of days later. The school interview included an opportunity for you to join a class to either assist or to teach something for a short time.

We have now moved to a new system where both interviews are online. We anticipate that this new system will persist certainly throughout the autumn term, and possibly for the remainder of the year.

ONLINE INTERVIEWS

Those shortlisted by WLTSA will be emailed by the university to ask you to upload scans of various documents to their portal. This will include identification documents and relevant qualification certificates if you already have them (see course requirements later below).

If you don’t have access to original certificates of exams already taken for your degree and Maths and English GCSEs, this is something that you should start to resolve now. If you don’t have them in time for the university interview, please be assured that we can still make an offer to you but it would be subject to later verification of your qualification certificates and sometimes certified copies can take a couple of months to arrive.

The school interview normally takes place a few days later.

How school placements work

With WLTSA you select the main host school at application. We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting WLTSA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

CHOOSING YOUR SCHOOL

The characters and location of our schools are varied. When deciding on your preferred host school, we need you to consider where you might eventually like to work and how accessible it is to where you live.

The schools seeking trainees on this particular course are listed below:

  • Bousfield Primary School, SW5
  • St James’ Catholic Primary School, TW2
  • St Mary of the Angels, RC Primary School W2
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, W4

You can read descriptions of each of these schools in our overall WLTSA Primary School Summary Descriptions. Our Map of WLTSA Schools may also be helpful.

Please be aware that we have many other salaried and unsalaried primary teacher training courses at other schools. You can make three choices overall when you apply.

THE TECHNICAL BIT!

You don’t have to restrict yourself to one school within a course, but each school would count as one application and you get three choices overall in Round 1. Please also be aware that we have so many partner schools that we have been forced to split artificially on UCAS into three provider names. See How to apply & how to choose more than one school on a course.

BE STRATEGIC WHEN YOU APPLY

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. We also keep our website up to date so that you can see which schools have already shortlisted and are interviewing.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

The course fees are payable to St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

WLTSA PRIMARY SCHOOL BURSARIES

All trainees on this course will receive a bursary from the school despite bursaries not being available from DfE. Full details of this unique additional funding can be seen in the tab on the Primary Courses page on our website WLTSA Primary School Bursaries.

STUDENT LOANS

You can also take out a student loan if eligible, even if you already have an undergraduate loan. Loans for tuition fees are not means tested (whereas loans for maintenance are means tested) but you should confirm this using the link below.

Funding My Training - A page on the DfE’s ‘Get into Teaching’ website

OTHER

While not provided directly by WLTSA, 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • A UK undergraduate honours degree or an equivalent qualification at 2:2 or above.

  • Grade C (or the newer Grade 4) in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or approved equivalents).

Where appropriate, please read our important guidance on Overseas Qualifications and GCSE Equivalency tests

Offers will be conditional on satisfactory outcome of a DBS check and an occupational health check both administered through the host school after an offer is accepted.

Personal qualities

We want you to have passion and enthusiasm. We need trainees who can engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

  • committed to championing their students;
  • open to learn 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 and committed to equal opportunities;
  • able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these.
  • have a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at yourself.

Other requirements

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and of issues facing the profession, is important. Tutoring experience could be helpful. We recognise that it may not be possible to spend a couple of days observing relevant lessons while schools are maintaining discrete separation of their pupils in relation to Covid.
Top tips for getting some observational experience (primary).

If you wish to train at one of our faith schools, they will also be looking for someone sympathetic to the values of their faith.

About the training provider

WHO ARE WE?

We are a large alliance of 60 schools spread across West London. We have formal partnership arrangements with three universities.

The designation of ‘Teaching School’ is being withdrawn by DfE in Sept 2021 for all Teaching Schools across the country. Our operational delivery will continue as before, simply with a new name the West London Teacher Training Partnership.

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 which is a good place to start but we also run fortnightly information plus Q&A sessions. These explain the different qualifications; different routes into teaching; finance; and how it all works!

Currently these sessions are online due to Covid restrictions. This may change over the course of the academic year. See how you can join one of these sessions here: ‘WLTSA Information Sessions and Q&A

‘That’s the first time that I have ever properly understood it all. Brilliant!’

Our office is staffed full time with experts to talk to on the phone.

You choose schools when you apply. If you perform well but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we continue to work with you, recommending you to other schools of your choice rather than rejecting you.

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.

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTSA 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 programme that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY: St Mary’s offer 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/

Contact details

Email
pcurrey@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
020 8748 7600 x466
Website
http://www.wltsa.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/primary-courses/
Address
WLTSA Teaching School, Sacred Heart High School
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Bousfield Primary School
South Bolton Gardens, London, SW5 0DJ
Yes C
St James Catholic Primary School
260 Stanley Road,, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 5NP
Yes 5
St John XXIII Catholic Primary School
Commonwealth Avenue, W12 7QR
Yes 8
St Mary of the Angels RC Primary School
Shrewsbury Road, W2 7PR
Yes 4
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (W4)
Duke Road, Chiswick, W4 2DF
Yes 3

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