Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance Art and Design with SEND (AT19)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course leads to QTS a PGCE and Masters Credits.

The main placement for this course is in an SEND Academy

You will be trained in a highly supportive, creative, inspirational environment where you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to deliver high quality teaching and learning. TVTSA schools are committed to Initial Teacher Training and have formed a steering group with partner schools to quality assure and develop the course. The in school mentors are supportive and are able to tailor the course to best suit your development. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service from an experienced dedicated team.

Trainees work a full academic year in a SEND school, starting on the school’s first day of term which is usually at the start of September, through to the end of term which is usually the third week in July,

  • Enrolment will take place at the University of Derby during the first or second academic week of the year.

  •   To allow you to meet the subject based element of this course, you will spend one day a week in a mainstream school, which will be the same school in which you will undertake your second placement. This will be discussed with you on application, before your interview, so you are fully aware of the training year structure.
  • One day a week will be reserved for training, this is on a Wednesday and alternates between training with University of Derby and bespoke training from TVTSA.

  •   The remaining three days a week you will be based in the SEND Academy.
  • TVTSA organise a second placement which will be decided using the candidates term time postcode and will take place in a mainstream school. This is generally within a TVTSA Academy for six weeks and will take place in the early part of the spring term.

School placements

This course is school led and the majority of the training year will be in your chosen school, with one day per week at University.

The structure of the year is referred to above.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification, preferably a 1st or 2:1 level although we will consider applications with a lower degree class.

For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to your teaching subject. We expect at least 50% of your degree is relevant to the subject you intend to teach.

All candidates require GCSE C or 4 grade in Maths and English (Primary also need science). We will also accept approved equivalent qualifications.

You can apply for the course not meeting these requirements, but you must obtain them before the course starts.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject area or key stage, people who want the very best for our pupils. Candidates must be aware of the needs of children in an SEND environment.

Successful candidates will be hardworking, driven and motivated as well as being dedicated to safeguarding and the welfare of our pupils. They need to be committed to helping our students progress to the best of their ability and must fully embrace the ethos of the schools they work in.

Other requirements

Candidates should be able to discuss experience of working with children or coaching/training adults. Candidates should be able to illustrate how their current skills can be transferred to a classroom setting. Candidates for this course must be able to discuss experience they have had with children with special educational needs and any impact that this has had on the person/people involved.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

The fee for UK and EU students is £9250.00 which is the standard rate for postgraduate courses.

Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses

Those from the UK and the EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in priority subject areas, this is dependent on your degree level and the subject you wish to teach and the information can be found from the DfE.

Scholarships are available from a number of sources.

About the training provider

Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance TVTSA has been successfully running school direct programmes across primary and secondary phases in many schools and academies over since 2012. Some of our original cohort are now mentors for the current school direct trainees. The employment rate for our trainees is extremely high, with over half of each cohort being recruited directly into TVTSA partner schools.

Tuxford Academy is an Ofsted outstanding academy as well as a designated OLEVI centre of excellence is the lead school for TVTSA. It is based in North Nottinghamshire and is a very popular rural school. TVTSA have a number of secondary schools and over 35 primary schools in the alliance and these are all quality assured by TVTSA and are located in and around Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

We pride ourselves on a personal, tailored approach. We are a small team and this enables us to get to know you as individuals and support your varying needs. We allow you to select your school of choice for your training year as well as interviewing you in that school, allowing you to build relationships early on, before training even starts. We have well established relationships with all the schools we work with and their staff.

Please visit our webpage and click “get into teaching”. Or for any questions email We also run a series of school experience days, these can be found on our website.

About the accredited body

As an outstanding provider, the University of Derby provide excellent academic support and challenge to our trainees. The support and knowledge provided to our trainees ensures that all are treated as an individual whilst also feeling part of a much larger collegiate group. Through level 7 studies and exposure to educational topics and pedagogies the University of Derby ensure that all trainees are adequately skilled to work and adapt in an ever changing classroom environment and profession.

Interview process

Although this course is run in partnership between TVTSA and University of Derby, you will just have one interview, organised by TVTSA.

This takes place at the SEND Academy** that you have chosen to train in which will give you a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with the school, members of staff and the pupils. The interview will be with TVTSA and a member of leadership from the SEND Academy and will consist of:

  • Pupil panel
  • Teaching a 20 minute lesson
  • Formal interview
  • English and Maths assessments
  • Reviewing an educational article

Interviews are arranged quickly after receiving applications.

**Currently due to Covid-19, all interviews are taking place on a virtual platform until further notice. This may change during the course of the academic year 2020/21. You will be informed when your application is received as to how you will be interviewed.

Training with disabilities and other needs

TVTSA welcome applications from all candidates, if you have a disability or other needs please add the information to the application form and we will strive to support you through the training year. There is a varying degree of disability access within our schools, If you would like to discuss this before applying please email

There are no child care facilities at any of the TVTSA schools however, many have nurseries close by.

All of the schools are accessible by car, many of the partnership schools are based near major towns and cities and so can be accessed by public transport.

Contact this training provider

Tuxford Academy
Marnham Road
NG22 0JH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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