If you are keen to become a teacher and work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, then train to teach on the Chadsgrove School Direct programme.
We offer trainees an exceptional opportunity to qualify as a Primary teacher, but with additional enhanced skills to effectively teach pupils with SEND. Previous trainees have gone on to be teachers in both mainstream and special schools.
Our programme enables you to train in the classroom, working alongside exemplary teachers within each school setting. You will be mentored by experienced and enthusiastic practitioners who will provide the highest quality support whilst challenging you to become a confident and effective classroom teacher.
Our course runs from September to July, and during this time you will spend 120 days on placement in two schools (8 weeks in mainstream and the remainder in a special school or specialist base), developing your professional skills, knowledge and understanding in motivating, supportive and inspiring settings.
The proportion of time that you will be expected to directly teach pupils will increase during the year, so that by the later summer term you will be teaching 80% of the timetable. You will not be expected to teach classes unsupported until you and the school know that you are ready to do so.
Your school-based mentor will formally observe your teaching during each placement, and provide feedback on your progress toward meeting the Teachers’ Standards. On three occasions during the year you will also be observed by a Lead Mentor from Chadsgrove or your Link Tutor from the university.
You will also spend around 25 days studying with the University of Birmingham, and attend school-based training days at Chadsgrove or one of our partner schools. Training days will cover topics such as subject knowledge, pedagogy, assessment, professional conduct, and effective support for pupils with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.
The University of Birmingham will award your PGCE from two assessed assignments; one relating to Maths pedagogy to be submitted early in the spring term, and a SEND focused assignment to be submitted early in the summer term.
In 2013 Ofsted judged teacher training at the University of Birmingham to be Outstanding and stated:
“Such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin.”