Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
Looking for a job that offers you more than just a pay cheque? Then teaching might definitely be the career for you. There are many reasons to enter the teaching profession: a thirst for lifelong learning, the variety each day brings, closer interaction with the local community, the opportunity to share your knowledge with others and to see the impact every day, in every lesson.
Seize the opportunity to go home every night knowing that you’re making a difference in many lives.
Train to Teach with Teach West London
Teach West London leads the secondary school partnership offering both salaried and unsalaried School Direct routes into the profession.
School Direct is a great route into teaching. It enables you, as a trainee, to have complete control over your main placement school, unlike the PGCE where this will be chosen for you. You still benefit from a second placement in a contrasting school. This means you begin to build a relationship with that school from the very start of the process. Furthermore, for the majority of trainees there is a job at the end of the training year with no need for another interview.
(School Direct) Two models for School Direct
School Direct Unsalaried (sometimes referred to as the training route)
This is aimed at graduates and there are bursaries available depending on subject and degree classification. Training is provided by your main school and, for the majority of ETSA placements, St Mary's. This route leads to QTS and a PGCE (with credits at Masters level).
School Direct Salaried
This is aimed at career-changers with at least three years of relevant work experience and will see you employed as an Unqualified Teacher by your main school. ETSA schools all benefit from London weighting. You will also still have the opportunity to spend 4-6 weeks in a contrasting school. Training is provided by your main school and, for the majority of ETSA placements, St Mary's. This route leads to QTS only but you can continue your studies in your NQT year (Newly Qualified Teacher) to obtain a PGCE – this is at an additional cost but still tends to be less expensive than the PGCE route.
(School Direct) General Entry Requirements
For all programmes a GCSE, or comparable qualification, at grade C is required in English Language and Mathematics (for some courses a GCSE grade C in a Science subject is also required).
You will also need a first or second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
All students will be expected to have relevant experience within a school setting or have arrangements for that experience in place. For the School Direct Salaried route, applicants should be able to demonstrate a minimum of 2 weeks of experience in an educational setting.
On the School Direct Salaried route applicants must demonstrate they have 18 months to 3 years’ full time work experience (exact length depends on your chosen subject).
(School Direct) Application process and timings
Once you have submitted your application, there are 40 working days to process an application and offer a place;
- Schools have 25 days to arrange and conduct an interview
- The Universities then have 15 days to conduct final stage interviews/assessments and communicate their final decision to the applicant.
Training in the Teach West London Hub Area
Training in Ealing
Primary: Castlebar School is the lead school for the primary school partnership and offers the unsalaried School Direct route into the profession in Early Years, Primary KS1 and KS2 and SEND specialism.
Secondary: Teach West London leads the secondary school partnership offering both salaried and unsalaried School Direct routes into the profession.
Training in Harrow
Primary: Teach in Harrow offers the unsalaried School Direct route into the profession.
Secondary: Harrow Collegiate Alliance offers unsalaried and salaried School Direct and Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship routes into the profession.
Training in Hillingdon
Hillingdon SCITT is a school centred initial teacher training provider that offers unsalaried and salaried School Direct routes into the profession at primary and secondary level.
Training in Hounslow
The London West Alliance offers unsalaried and salaried School Direct routes into the profession at primary and secondary level.
Cranford Community College offers unsalaried and salaried School Direct routes into the profession at primary and secondary level.
For 2022 to 2023, the DfE is offering bursaries of:
£24,000 in Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics and Physics
£15,000 in Design and Technology, Geography and Languages (including Ancient Languages)
£10,000 in Biology
Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s.
Please click here for full information on all bursaries and scholarships offered by the DfE.
To find postgraduate teacher training courses, please visit GOV.UK
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