Different Types of Course Provider
TRADITIONAL COURSES PROVIDED BY A UNIVERSITY - Unsalaried PGCE(M)QTS
The candidates are selected by the university. You train at the university and there are normally two assessed school placements for you to gain experience in the classroom. The schools that you attend are selected by the university.
You pay tuition fees to the university (commonly approx. £9,250) and many candidates qualify for tax-free bursaries from DfE. The bursaries are administered by the university and the amounts vary depending on the subject you are training in. DfE bursaries for priority subjects are often very high.
A NEW APPROACH - PARTNERSHIP COURSES (these are the courses that we offer)
Some schools complained to the government about that traditional university route into teaching because they wanted to be able to work in partnership with a university, selecting their own trainees; feeding into the training and effectively ‘growing their own’ staff. However in courses provided solely by a university, schools have no say in the trainee selection process and candidates also cannot pick which schools they train in. The ‘fit’ between trainee and school (which is so important for later employment) needed improvement.
New school-led partnership routes were established as described below, most of which still include university training and university qualifications.
A group of schools (commonly a Teaching School Alliance) is the course ‘provider’. The group of schools will have set up a partnership arrangement with an accrediting partner (commonly a university) to deliver training and improve the fit between trainee and the main host school. On these courses, the schools play a major role in candidate selection and a unique advantage of partnership courses is that if the school has a vacancy at the end of the training they can keep you on as a newly qualified teacher with no need for any further competitive interview.
There are two types of partnership course:
· Unsalaried PGCE(M)QTS
This is similar to courses led by a university. You commonly attend all the same training at the university that you would on on a university led course (although on some courses part of that training may be delivered by experts within the school group). You would still have a university mentor and the university is still the body that awards the PGCE(M). With WLTSA we enable you to select which school you want as your main host schools when you apply and the interviews are acrried out in that host school. You still get experience in a second contrasting placement school and you still pay the university tuition fees (£9,250). Exactly the same DfE bursaries are available to you. Indeed many WLTSA primary schools offer trainees additional extra bursaries above anything offered by DfE.
The advantage of these unsalaried partnership courses is the close relationship that you build with your host school, the potential to be able to carry on into employment, the close involvement of the university and the added value that WLTSA can provide with Teachmeets, etc. On many secondary courses the DfE bursaries make them as financially beneficial as a salaried course.
· Salaried QTS (or Salaried PGCE(M)QTS - less common)
Some schools want trainees to gain as much experience in the classroom as possible, rather than being out at the university fora significant amount of time, studying for a separate academic qualification (PGCE). On a salaried QTS course, almost all your training takes place in school; the school pays you a salary while you train and WLTSA pays the tuition fees. Each year we have a large number of salaried Primary QTS courses and a few salaried secobndary courses.
WLTSA also offers a few salaried Primary PGCE(M)QTS courses but these are far less common becaise they are not requested by the schools. On our salaried primary PGCE courses, we deliver part of the PGCE training through our strategic lead primary, Fox Primary School.
To be eligible for a salaried course you need a level of maturity irrespective of age, to operate as a responsible member of staff in a school. You may move into teaching at a faster rate than on an unsalaried course, but we still treat each trainee individually and operate at an appropraite pace for each trainee.
Some other alliances may require 3 years' previous work experience, but we don't require this.
The advantage of salaried courses is the close relationship that you build with your host school, the potential to be able to carry on into employment, the salary and the added value that WLTSA can provide with Teachmeets, etc. The QTS only courses enable a greater focus on training in the classroom, so valued by many schools.