Palmerston School Primary (Special Educational Needs) (2T53)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool John Moores 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.

Course length
September 2019 - July 2020
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

This School Direct course offers a good mixture of university led PGCE training and school led SEN focus sessions. The SEN focus sessions will take place at Palmerston School.

Participants will spend time in 3 schools, 2 SEN settings and 1 Primary mainstream setting.

School settings are across Merseyside.

School placements

Participants will benefit from three separate school placements.

Home school placements will be in an SEN setting and will take place over two terms (generally Autumn and Summer).

Mainstream Primary placements will be over a half term (6 week period).

Alternative special placements will also be over a half term (6 week period).

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above, however strong applicants, with experience, with a 2:2 will be considered.

  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)

  • Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with us.

Personal qualities

A keen interest in SEN provision within all types of settings both mainstream and special and a motivation to ensure all learners achieve a quality education that is suited to their needs. An adaptable and flexible approach is highly recommended, alongside a willingness to work with learners with all types of SEN (may include but will not be limited to Severe Learning Difficulties / Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties / Autism Spectrum Conditions / Social Emotional and Mental Health conditions).

Other requirements

You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

About the training provider

Palmerston School Direct has a proven track record of developing inspiring, child focussed, well prepared teachers through a combination of established, multidisciplinary, SEND specific training days and placements in a broad range of special and mainstream schools. There is 100% pass rate and excellent rates of employment, predominantly in Special Schools. Palmerston is an outstanding school and uses current research to inform and evolve initial teacher training. Palmerston School Direct qualifies graduates to work in both mainstream and special schools.

JP – “School Direct teacher training route through Palmerston School offer training in Special Educational Needs that is of an exceptionally high standard. All training SEN training has been useful and beneficial for my professional development. As the group of trainee teachers is small, everyone gets to know each other really well, tutors and trainees included, and it is a very supportive environment to train in.

AW – “As an employer, I look for someone who has relevant experience, skills, and confidence of working with pupils with SEND. The School Direct trainees have all of this by the end of their training. I have observed the trainees in our school growing in confidence and ability and would not hesitate to employ a School Direct trainee again.”

Interview process

Successful applicants will be interviewed at Palmerston School by the School Direct manager, and two Headteachers. Interviews take place over the course of a day and includes time spent supporting / observing students in class.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Training takes place at Palmerston School, which is fully accessible. We are fully committed to inclusion, supporting both students and pupils with a range of needs to be fully included is fundamental to our ethos. We are experienced and flexible and have supported students with a range of needs to sucessfully complete the course and enter employment.

Contact this training provider

0151 4282128
Palmerston School
Minehead Road
L17 6AU

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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