Benton Dene School Primary (SEND) (L561)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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About the course

Our vision at Benton Dene School is driven by a desire for all stakeholders to share a passionate commitment to learning, recognising and celebrating the uniqueness of each individual learner. We believe our approach will inspire a love of lifelong learning and unlock the potential that lies within all our children, preparing them to be happy and successful in all stages of their life, as well as being responsible citizens.

Benton Dene School includes a vast array of expertise and as a result, we are excited to be offering a multi-faceted school-based training programme.

We work alongside Northumbria University to provide this year-long course which allows trainees to gain QTS and PGCE.

Successful applicants will spend a year working in one of the alliance schools alongside an experienced mentor. A placement in a second school is arranged ensuring all trainees have experience in two different settings and an alternative Key Stage.

We work alongside the SHINE Teaching Alliance which ensures that all of our trainees receive mainstream experience along side SEN.

You will have training in areas of English, Maths, foundation stage subjects, assessment , behaviour management and safeguarding.

We pride ourselves on our approach to personalise the training course to meet the needs of all our trainees.

School placements

During the placement year, you will complete three placements.

Two of these placements will be based at the host school and the other will be at another local school. This placement will be organised by Benton Dene school and is usually about 8-9 weeks long. This gives you time to settle into your new class ready for your assessed placement.

In terms of placements we like to give you a range of experiences throughout all primary phases, including EYFS, Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.

We endeavour to provide exposure to a range of classes over school and will tailor your course to meet your individual needs.

You will have a lead mentor at Benton dene as well as a class mentor on all placements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

These are the qualities we would like to see in a trainee teacher.

To have a passion for teaching and learning. To be a good communicator and have effective organisational skills. To be a critical thinker. To have patience and resilience. To have a good sense of humour and ability to work as part of a team. To have the ability and confidence to communicate new ideas and concepts. To have a desire to support our young people to thrive.

We would prefer it if you have had experience working with children in an educational setting.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Benton Dene School is a Good special school (Ofsted 2017) for primary aged pupils experiencing complex moderate learning difficulties or Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The school has specific provision to meet the educational needs of pupils with ASD who may not have any additional learning difficulties. However, most children will have additional education needs in areas such as: the development of learning, communication, speech and language, emotional, behavioural and social skills, personal and independence skills, motor skills and sensory issues.

We provide a bespoke training package that provides you with experience in a special and mainstream school.

All of our students have left as at least good but the majority have been outstanding.

Interview process

The interview process will consist of the following,

Pupil Panel. This will usually consist of children from the school council. They will ask the candidate a range of questions about themselves and what they can offer school.

A task that will be delivered to a small group of children

A formal interview with the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher, a link person from Northumbria University and the lead teacher of School Direct in school. The interview is usually no longer than an hour.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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 have a multi-disciplinary approach to the education of our pupils involving Educational Psychologists, teachers of the deaf and visually impaired, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Paediatricians and Psychiatrists and Public Health Nurses. A Primary Mental Health Worker, Social Workers and Education Welfare professionals.

The Local Authority’s commissioned Language and Communication Team supports pupils in schools across North Tyneside and also has responsibility for Dene Communication Centre – a specialist pre-school provision for children with Speech, Language and Communication needs for children across the borough.

Contact this training provider

0191 6432730
Hailsham Avenue
Tyne and Wear
NE12 8fd

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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