WMC has over 50 placement schools in and around the West Midlands region which includes placement schools in Staffordshire, Shropshire, and the West Midlands. The majority of placement schools have been working with WMC for over 15 years, with many Subject Mentors having progressed through the PGCE course with WMC previously. The geographical spread of schools means that all Associate Teachers should have a commute to their placement schools, of ideally, no more than 30 mins driving. The majority of schools include the full 11-18 age range, with some including the 11-16 age range without sixth form, or 9-14 years, middle school age.
Associate Teachers will experience teaching within two contrasting secondary placements, spending approximately 60 days in each placement. Placement A carries a 40% teaching commitment, beginning with a 3 day placement, leading to 4 and then a full 5 day teaching placement. The teaching commitment increases to 60% within Placement B where ATs will start with a 4 day placement before quickly moving to a full 5 day placement. Trainees will move towards an 80%, teaching commitment over the summer term which mirrors the commitment of a Newly Qualified Teacher. Associate Teachers are well supported during their placements by experienced Mentors within their placement schools.
As a trainee teacher, you will experience a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your individual needs. You will spend time observing, supporting group work and sharing classes with the teacher before moving towards independent teaching. As well as teaching, you will be expected to contribute generally to the wider life of the school, becoming an integral part of the school community.
The PGCE programme is very intensive and you will need to devote an extensive amount of time and effort to developing your teaching knowledge, skills and understanding whilst completing the course. Applicants should be prepared for a very busy, but enjoyable, year.