Chadsgrove Training School Primary (Special Educational Needs) (25QG)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Birmingham
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
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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.

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.”

School placements

During the course you will undertake placements in both specialist and mainstream primary settings. We have special education placements across the Worcestershire, south Birmingham, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Wolverhampton areas, and work with a number of mainstream primary schools within the region. We are actively looking to expand our network of partner schools.

Trainees undertake an eight-week placement in a mainstream primary class during the autumn term, and during this time attend training days at the university, including two block weeks. For your mainstream placement we look to schools closest to your residential address.

You will spend the majority of your training experience, the spring and summer terms, in one of our special schools or specialist bases (such as an autism support unit). During this period you will be in school for four days each week and attend training one day each week, either at Chadsgrove or at one of our partner schools.

Whilst we ask applicants to identify a preference for their special school placement, we cannot guarantee that first choices will be offered as schools are limited on the number of teachers in training that they can support each year.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Chadsgrove School
Meadow Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0JL
Cherry Trees School
Giggetty Lane, Wombourne, Staffordshire, WV5 0AX
Evergreen School
Brittain Lane , Warwick, CV34 6DX
Fort Royal
Wyld’s Lane, Worcester, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 1DR
Hamilton School
Hamilton Road , Handsworth, B21 8AH
Meadows First School
Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0AH
Pitcheroak School
Willow Way, Brockhill, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6PQ
Rigby Hall School
Rigby Lane, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 2EP
The Orchard School
Causeway Green Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8LD
Victoria School & Specialist Arts College
Bell Hill, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 1LD
Westcroft School
9 Green acres St , Westcroft, WV10 8NZ
Wyre Forest School
Comberton Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 3DX

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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 science.

GCSE Science equivalency

Personal qualities

We are seeking highly motivated individuals, who have a passion to learn, inspire minds, transform lives, and make a difference. We are particularly looking for people who can articulate the rewards of working with children in an educational setting, and who can demonstrate the ability to engage and inspire young minds. We want our teachers in training to be ambitious, reflective, resilient, passionate and enthusiastic about teaching pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and who are committed to providing outstanding teaching and achieving the highest outcomes for their pupils.

Other requirements

All applicants will need to obtain an enhanced DBS check and complete a fitness to teach assessment prior to being accepted onto the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

For those seeking the rewarding experience of teaching in special schools, Chadsgrove Training School offers an exceptional opportunity to qualify as a primary teacher, but with additional enhanced skills to effectively teach pupils with SEND in both mainstream and specialist settings.

You will train in vibrant schools, alongside supportive colleagues with specialist skills and knowledge. Employment rates on completion of the course are extremely high, with all previous trainees completing the course successfully and progressing to Early Career Teachers (ECT’s) in both special and mainstream schools.

Our course integrates whole day sessions at the University of Birmingham (which involve a blend of lectures, subject workshops, seminars, tutorials or group work sessions) with school-based training and teaching experience in both mainstream primary school and special school settings, enabling you to gain Primary Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with particular expertise in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We aim to equip teachers of the future with exemplary skills to meet the needs of learners with Special Educational Needs, through providing the highest quality of training experiences to nurture excellent practitioners.

School-based training days focus on a range of topics including curriculum subject teaching and planning, assessment, and understanding of specific SEND. All sessions are delivered by highly experienced practitioners and nationally acknowledged experts in their field.

Our training partners include a number of special schools and specialist bases, and mainstream primary schools covering south Birmingham, Worcestershire, Sandwell, and South Staffs.

Interview process

Selection is a rigorous and thorough process designed to identify the applicants with the strongest aptitude. Chadsgrove, as the lead school in the partnership, coordinates the recruitment process in close liaison with the University of Birmingham and our partner schools.

Our interview process normally takes place over a period of around 2½ hours. The process typically comprises an interview with a panel of 3 headteachers of partner schools, an interview with school council , an activity led by you with a group of pupils, and the university’s Maths and English tests. We hope that all these interviews will be carried out face to face at Chadsgrove or one of our partner schools

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We believe a person is only disabled when confronted by adverse attitudes and environmental barriers, and we aim to provide a positive, supportive and inclusive learning environment. Adults with disabilities are under-represented in the teaching profession and we welcome applications from everyone with a passion and commitment to becoming a teacher.

We see training teachers with additional needs as an opportunity to provide role models to our own pupils. Our programme is hosted by schools teaching pupils with a range of physical, medical, sensory and cognitive special educational needs and disabilities.

All teacher training providers have a responsibility to ensure equality of access, whilst at the same time ensuring that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm, and a condition of acceptance onto the course will therefore be to satisfy the requirements for Fitness to Teach. Applicants will need to be able to travel independently to the university campus in Edgbaston and to the training schools.

Every individual will have different circumstances and needs, and for this reason we welcome confidential discussion of any special arrangements you may need for interview or subsequent school placement. Each of our partner schools will be able to provide specific accessibility information for their sites. Information about disability access for postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham can be found here

Contact this training provider

01527 871511
Chadsgrove School
Meadow Road
B61 0JL

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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