How to apply and how to choose more than 1 school on a course
All applications must be made online through the DfE portal: Apply for teacher training.
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 APPLICATION PROCESS
The first time you apply, you will be able to select three choices. 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 and you can select another 3 choices. You can apply as many times as you like all year.
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.
Most course providers recruit centrally and then just allocate you to a school. For them there would be no point you applying to the same course more than once. The DfE Application system has been set up on the assumption of this centralised recruitment model but the DfE also knows that we operate decentralised recruitment, with separate interviews and decisions from separate schools on the same course. The DfE has therefore provided us with a tool that enables you to apply to make more than one application on the same course with us, for consideration by different schools.
This is how it works - 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 2VP3 (partnered with University of Roehampton) at say Barlby Primary School. To then make your second choice on Course 2VP3 at say Barnes Primary School, follow step 2.
Step 2: Choose another WLTTA primary course that is partnered by the same university (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 which school you pick on 2Q4J. 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 2VP3 at Barnes Primary School. We can then move that second application into the right place at the touch of a button and you will see this confirmed at your end. We do this daily with approval of DfE who have provided us with the tool to do it. The application will then 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 2VP3, 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 but DfE will (newly this year) only contact them after you accept an offer. The offer will be conditional on the references.
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.