The Evolve Trust
Mathematics (SEND) (F837)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
1 year
Date you can apply from
3 March 2021
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in school, training in the classroom and being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University. Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)* and a postgraduate qualification.

You will be a registered student with University of Derby and your qualification will be an UoD award. This means that UoD has responsibility for the quality of your training and you will benefit from the combined expertise of the University and lead placement school.

With intensive support in the classroom and the guidance of University experts, you will be fully prepared for the practical demands of secondary teaching in your chosen subject specialism.

As part of the course, you will undertake three fully assessed teaching placements, supported throughout by our trained school mentors and subject link tutors. You will also spend time at the University to help put your school experience in the context of educational policy, principles and evidence-based practice.

You will also focus on a diverse range of topics including SEND policy and legislation, effective inclusive practice, and meeting the challenges of teaching in the SEND sector.

Interview process

Following the submission of a successful application form candidates will be invited for an interview. This will involve;

  • a tour of the academy
  • a student panel activity
  • teaching a 30 minute lesson
  • an opportunity to observe a lesson
  • literacy and numeracy competency tests
  • a formal interview

How school placements work

In the first school term successful candidates will spend; 1 day a week at University 3 days a week at Beech Academy 1 day a week at Brunts Academy

During the second school term, for Spring 1, this pattern will change to; 1 day a week at University 4 days a week at Brunts

The remainder of the year will follow the same pattern as in the first school term.

Candidates will also spend a minimum of 2 days at a primary school in the first term. During the primary placement candidates will:

  • begin to appreciate the similarities and distinctiveness of learning and teaching in KS2 and the primary phase more generally;
  • gain awareness of pupils’ capabilities and prior knowledge in the key stage immediately prior to that for which they are training;
  • contribute to their growing knowledge and understanding of standards, progression and transition in their subject/related disciplines.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

The following is included in our fees;

  • Range of in class visiting/expert speakers to enhance module content e.g. Homophobic bullying input, Behaviour Management, Honour Based Violence, PSHE
  • Access to Derby Open Centre
  • Interview preparation/supporting job applications - Local Head teachers and the unions
  • Professionalism input – Unions (free)
  • Teaching School Alliance hub training sessions
  • Access to Derby Library Services
  • Specialist link tutor
  • Trained mentor on placements
  • Enhanced Placement Opportunity - 1 week alternative placement covering a range of providers and settings
  • Two main placements in two different schools in their Teaching School Alliance partnership
  • DBS

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You will need an undergraduate honours degree (preferably 2:1) or equivalent, plus GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths. You must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject curriculum specialism.

Personal qualities

You need to be able to demonstrate that you;

  • are passionate about your subject and desire to be a teacher
  • have the ability to communicate effectively
  • are enthusiastic
  • are confident
  • are dedicated
  • are organised
  • are creative
  • are self-aware and reflective

Other requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.

About the training provider

The Evolve Trust places pupils and students at the heart of everything we do and our aim is to nurture and develop resilience and potential in every child, making it possible for them to lead productive and successful lives. We want our students to strive for ambitious futures, leaving a positive mark on our and their communities as a whole.

The Evolve Trust is a values-driven organisation with an unwavering vision “to open minds, creating opportunities for all to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life”. Our Trust is unique with the combination of mainstream and special schools, enabling staff to benefit greatly from collaborative learning. Professional development, challenge and support are at the core of our school improvement strategy ensuring that all our staff are well-developed and have the opportunity to engage in the latest pedagogical research.

The Evolve Trust is ambitious and inclusive, and we are proud of what we have already achieved, gaining national recognition for our work. We have a proven success in delivering rapid and sustained improvement across all phases of education through our model of collaborative convergence and we believe that there is genuine strength in partnership. It is often said that each child gets one chance of education and here at Evolve we ensure that our children are given every possible opportunity to realise the vision.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Evolve Trust is an equal opportunities employer. Support will be provided to candidates with a disability or other need in line with the Trust’s policy.

Contact details

01623 623149
Brunts Academy
Park Avenue
NG18 2AT


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Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
The Park, Park Avenue, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 2AT
Yes -
The Beech Academy
Fairholme Drive, Mansfield, NG19 6DX
Yes 3

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