The programme qualifies you to teach in all SEND settings and phases as well as mainstream primary schools.
It will comprise 120 days in schools made up of a special school placement and a mainstream primary placement. It also includes a non-assessed additional voluntary placement at home or abroad and further immersion days in settings to broaden your SEND experience.
There are also 65 days of training that are typically based at the Walsall Campus of Wolverhampton University where you will join other student teachers with 5 days of specialised training in SEND pedagogy.
There will be one 10 week mainstream placement from October to December which is split into a Key Stage 1 and then a Key Stage 2 placement, each for 5 weeks and ideally within the same school. During this, teaching time is built up to teaching 50% of the time.
The second placement will be 12 weeks in a special school and will be in either Key Stage 1 or 2. Teaching time should be up to 80% by the end of that placement which runs from April to June.
There are additional non-assessed placements of one week in each in Nursery and Secondary schools and two weeks ‘enhancement’ placement which can be abroad with the University or in another different setting in the UK.
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 English, maths or science.
Please note University of Wolverhampton only accept our their equivalency test and they offer this for English/Maths/Science.
At Forward Education Trust we are passionate about providing the best possible outcomes for our wonderful children and young people. We would love to receive applications from like minded people who share our passion, and are genuinely committed to working with children with a wide range of additional needs. Although not essential, we would highly recommend that you gain some school experience in a special school before applying, which we are also very happy to help organise if you get in contact with us.
All adults working across our Trust schools and any partner schools will be required to undertake a DBS check.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Our programme is for those who are passionate about wanting to work in Special Education.
Through our strong alliance of good and outstanding special schools that educate pupils in a unique range of types of SEND and our mainstream partner schools we can offer you a rich and varied training experience.
We are happy for you to contact us prior to applying for advice or for us to arrange school experience.
We recognise that a 1 year PGCE is a demanding experience and previous trainees have praised our accessible and personal pastoral support.
We have a very high rate of trainees completing and passing our PGCE course. All of those who have completed our course in the last 5 years have succeeded in finding teaching jobs.
Forward Education offers a range of learning and development opportunities for all of our staff. Beyond your PGCE year, if you started your employed teaching journey with us, we offer our Early Career Teachers (ECTs), a comprehensive two year induction, which includes access to the national Early Career Framework, Trust and school based induction and training about various aspects of SEND pedagogy. Beyond your two year induction we also offer a range of leadership development, curriculum subject development and further training on a wide range of SEND pedagogy . As a result nearly all of those who have trained with us are still teaching and some have moved successfully into middle / senior leadership roles within our Trust.
The Application and Interview Process
Apply for a place on the Schools Direct Course for September 2021 via the Teacher Training tab on ucas.com We will contact you and you may be called to meet us for a half day that will include an interview, a short observation and an audit of your English and mathematics skills.
Only the interview and observation are used to assess your readiness to join the programme.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
As a provider that specialises in SEND we are committed to supporting trainees who have disabilities or other needs because we believe that this gives you an insight into the needs of our pupils.
Our schools and the university all have accessibility plans and we will work closely with you to consider any reasonable adjustments that we can make to your training and school placements to enable you to succeed.
Brays Road Sheldon Birmingham West Midlands B26 1NS
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).