Generate Teaching Hub Primary (Special Educational Needs) (38V9)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Generate Teaching Hub School Direct are pleased to offer a Primary (with SEND) PGCE (QTS) route into teaching via our School Direct Programme. Successful completion of the course will qualify you to enter the teaching profession as a Early Career Teacher with a PGCE qualification which provides 20 masters credits.

School Direct is an innovative way of delivering Initial Teacher Training via school placements and training led by successful schools themselves. Our School Direct programme is highly successful and is led by a national Teaching School and delivered by our Alliance of highly performing schools.

Trainees undertake three school placements at different settings, maximising the range of experience received. Experience will be gained in both mainstream and SEN settings over a minimum of 120 placement days. In each placement trainees are treated as part of the school team and take part in all elements of the school day, attending staff meetings, supporting parents evening and extra-curricular activities for example. This means our trainees graduate 100% ready to take on their ECT year and leave us classroom ready!

Training modules are delivered over the course of the year with 40 days being spent receiving formal training, attending masters days and in enrichment placements and experience days. All training is delivered by the highest quality current practitioners and expert consultants meaning your training is current and relevant to schools today.

Trainees are assessed throughout the programme via placement observations, evidence files and two academic assignments.

Training days are usually delivered in and around Warrington and additionally through remote online learning. Masters Days are delivered by Liverpool Hope University. Placement schools are usually in Warrington with some located across Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Merseyside.

Generate Teaching Hub School Direct is proud of its outstanding team of mentors who support each of our trainees every step of the way through the programme and beyond. With regular contact and personalised support available we have a high percentage of trainees graduating as ‘Outstanding’ and maintain our 100% pass and excellent employment rates.

School placements

This training route with include at least one placement within a SEN setting. In addition to this placement Generate Teaching Hub School Direct has a wide network of mainstream settings who host our trainees during placements, many of which also have SEN provision. Most of these schools are within the Warrington area, but there are a small number of placements in schools located in Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Merseyside Local Authority Areas.

We are able to draw on a range of school characteristics and offer schools which are for example:

  • Rural and semi-rural
  • Urban
  • Faith schools
  • Academy schools
  • SEN schools and colleges
  • High levels of Free School Meals, etc.

Trainees undertake three placements in at least 2 different schools over the course totalling a minimum of 120 days.

Each placement is chosen based on trainees development needs and prior experience with an aim to offer the broadest experience possible and to develop them as teaching professionals. This training route is aimed to produce highly trained teachers who may either choose to work within the SEN settings or be equally confident working within mainstream settings and this is supported by the placements selected. Enrichment placements will be selected to give a broad taste of the primary curriculum and to offer a wide range of setting experiences.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact the School Direct team on with any questions they may have regarding the course or placements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We accept equivalency tests for English, Maths and Science. We do not offer the tests, so recommend that candidates use Edge Hill University to complete the tests. Information can be found here []

Personal qualities

Generate Teaching Hub School Direct seek applications from passionate and dedicated candidates, those who are motivated by seeing children progress and receiving the best educational opportunities possible and want to be a part of that journey for children.

Your capacity to learn and dedication to teaching as a profession is what we are looking for in a candidate. Resilience, high levels of organisation and professionalism along with great communication skills and excellent written and spoken Standard English are essential for success.

It is desirable to have some classroom experience and of having worked with children or young people.

Other requirements

Liverpool Hope University will undertake the following prior to the start of the course:

  • Health Check Statement
  • Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Overseas Declaration

The DFE have published that Skills Testing previously required are not a requirement for 2022/2023 applicants.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Trainee Support Available:

Each trainee successfully entering a our School Direct PGCE (QTS) programme 2022-23 has access to our device incentive. We reimburse trainees up to £250 towards a laptop/device (T&Cs apply).

About the training provider

Generate Teaching Hub School Direct is the largest provider of Primary School Direct programmes in Warrington and Halton, welcoming trainees from across Warrington, Merseyside and Cheshire.

As a national Teaching School, we put ‘children first’, focusing upon always improving children’s outcomes and experiences of their early education. We promote innovation and resilience, working with the latest evidence-based practices and building strong teams of experts to deliver excellence across all activities and partnerships.

Our School Direct PGCE (QTS) programmes are carefully developed to reflect this; recruiting the best candidates and investing in the highest quality training, placements and mentoring to create classroom confident, ambitious and highly successful Teachers.

Becoming a member of the school team from the very start, our trainees experience placements in a wide range of settings; community, faith, academies, and SEN with enrichment opportunities in alternative provisions, high schools, private nurseries. Each trainee receives bespoke placements to maximise their range of experience to develop strong resilient teachers and enhance their employment opportunities.

Using high quality trainers, our programmes scaffold the theory behind the practice; curriculum knowledge and professional standards all being embedded through the programme. Our dedicated mentoring team nurture and support trainees to develop confidence and offer teaching opportunities. Trainees attend Masters level days at TEF Gold awarded Liverpool Hope University.

With long-standing 100% pass and excellent employment rates for all of our trainees we’re proud to have supported so many trainees into their careers as teachers and we look forward to supporting many more!

Interview process

Interviews are aimed to enable us to assess your key skills and attributes. It will include:

  • Observed Classroom Activity - You will be asked to deliver a short lesson to a group of children on the subject area of your choice. Further details will be confirmed in the invite to interview letter.

  • Interview - Conducted by a panel of ITT leads a set of questions designed to ascertain your ideas and knowledge on a range of educational issues will be asked.

  • Literacy test - You will undertake a short literacy task to assess your standard written English.

The interview process is subject to change, depending on Government guidance on Covid-19. Occasionally, interviews are held online.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Generate Teaching Hub School Direct is committed to supporting the best candidates to become excellent teaching professionals, regardless of disability or other need. As such we believe in being an inclusive and accessible provider.

For Generate Teaching Hub School Direct all trainees are unique and so each one receives a bespoke programme of placement opportunities. This enables us to take individuals accessibility and health needs into consideration at all points. Our training venues are accessible and we have a large partnership of placement schools to suit each trainee.

We encourage any potential applicant to contact us directly to discuss any questions they may have about our programme and delivery.

Contact this training provider

Generate Teaching Hub
c/o Warrington Primary Academy Trust, Evelyn Street

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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