How to apply and how to choose more than 1 school on a course
All applications must be made online through Apply for teacher training a new GOV.UK service.
Unlike some other providers, with us, you can choose the school at the point of application. All WLTTA schools shortlist and interview independently of each other and so we encourage you to apply for our courses at more than one school.
We do also have an internal referral system so anyone who does well at an interview but fails to get a place at that school, is referred on to another school of their choice.
There is however still an advantage in initially applying to more than one school on a particular course because such applications would be considered in parallel rather than sequentially and there is a DFE time limit operating on each application. We always seek swift responses from all our schools when we send them your application.
The 'Apply 1' and 'Apply 2' process
The first time you apply, you will be able to select three choices and this is called the 'Apply 1' process. This could be three WLTTA choices or it could include choices with other providers.
If you are unsuccessful from all three choices (which includes if you withdraw from them) then you are free to apply again the same year, as many times as you like in the 'Apply 2 process', but now with only 1 choice at a time.
STRUCTURE OF THE APPLICATION
We urge you to read the short 6-page course information document for the course you are applying for before you start, just to be sure you have checked the entry requirements and have read our advice.
The first section is where you can select your choices. It will link you into the DfE portal 'Find Postgraduate Teacher training' to help you make your three choices. You can choose to come back to it later if you want to complete other parts of the application first.
How to choose more than one school on the same course.
We can help you do this, but be aware that the DfE Application system is not yet geared up (in terms of coding) to enable you to choose more than one school on the same course, because it wrongly assumes that interviews are all centralised for one course and if you were rejected by one, you would be rejected by all. This is NOT the case with us. As mentioned above, all our schools shortlist and interview independently of one another, so there are real advantages in applying for more than one on the same course. We can arrange this for you and we do it all the time but it might feel a little hairy! If you are worried about doing it correctly, you can always call us and we will do it with you over the phone.
Step 1:In the choice section put in the course and select one of the schools you would like. For example primary course 37FB at say John Betts Primary School. To then make your second choice on course 37FB at say Queens Manor Primary School, follow step 2.
Step 2: Choose another WLTTA primary course (any one, it doesn't matter - you can see the full list of our courses in the vacancies tab on our website). Lets say primary course 2Q4J. It doesn't matter that its accredited by a different university and within 2Q4J it doesn't matter which school you pick. Only Pippa (at WLTTA centrally) can see your application when it initially comes in. Just email her on email@example.com and ask for her to move that 2Q4J application on to 37FB at Queens Manor Primary School. We can then make sure that your second application is moved into the right place and you will see this confirmed at your end. We do this daily. The application will be sent to the school/s that you name in your email, but we can only send it to more than one school if we have more than one application.
You can repeat Step 2 if you want to make your third choice another school on 37FB, but no pressure -that's entirely up to you. You could also choose another of our primary courses. You could end up giving us 1 choice or 2 or 3 but we know that many of you want that flexibility within the same primary course! We believe that there are real advantages in training at a school you aspire to work in and so we suggest you gear your choices to the schools you like, whether that's on our course or with one of our competitors.
It will ask you for contact details for your referees and it will automatically contact them even before you have completed the application, just to speed things up.
3. Personal Details
About yourself, contact details, residency status, etc.
This will ask you about whether you have a Maths, English and Science GCSE and the grade, or whether you have an equivalent qualification. It allows you to say that you are not sure.
It will also ask you about A-Levels and your degree, or any equivalency information for these if they are not from UK. Again there is an option to say I'm not sure.
Do check the advice in our separate tabs about 'Overseas Qualifications' and 'GCSE Equivalencies' if these issues apply to you.
If you have indicated on your application that you are not sure about the equivalency of some of your qualifications, we will call you and help you resolve this.
5. Work Experience
It allows you to add your work history including unpaid experience. Schools are keen to see all your experience, not just any relating to schools.
6. Personal Statement
It asks you to write about
- 'Why you want to teach' (600 word limit) and
- 'Your suitability to teach Primary' (400 word limit).
If you need help, it directs you through a link to register with Get into Teaching to talk to a teacher training advisor .
It will prompt you to ask for support if you are disabled and any adjustments you might need at interview.
It prompts you to declare any safeguarding issues. It provides information to clarify what this means.