East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership Primary (Special Educational Needs) (2HP5)

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

Accredited body
Pennine Lancashire SCITT
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

As a partnership we have ensured that our student teachers have the best possible foundations to become outstanding teachers. The key philosophy behind our programme is its flexibility for students to study general Primary (mainstream), SEND or both.

You will be allocated at least two placements in contrasting schools where you will have expert support from one of our Lead Mentors in addition to your day-to-day expert classroom support.

In the second phase of training, there is an exciting opportunity to spend a period of time in one of our European placement partners.

From the beginning, you will work alongside experts in centre-based training to develop your understanding of the National Curriculum, professional practices and pedagogy. Your placements will give you opportunity to apply this knowledge and understand how to utilise the most current research to classroom practice to improve outcomes for pupils.

At Tor View, you will be working towards your PGCE modules of Building Professional Understanding and High Quality Learning & Teaching with a Senior Lecturer from the University of Cumbria. You will have an assignment to submit for each module in order to complete the course.

In addition, you will receive centre-based training in English, Maths, Science, and all of the Foundation subjects. Our close partnerships with SEN experts means you will also undertake additional specialist training in SEND. These fall broadly into Mainstream/SEN categories, although you are encouraged to select options which appeal, irrespective of which of our programmes you have chosen.

Please email educationalexcellence@theviewtrust.org if you have any questions about any of this.

School placements

East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership partners with over 30 schools providing quality mentoring to our trainee teachers. These schools are a combination of mainstream and special schools. Our placement opportunities are not only throughout the Rossendale Valley, but also Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Blackburn. We work with a network of special schools throughout Lancashire and we continue to work with other partners including schools within our Teaching School Hub region to provide placements out of area to assist students with their travel commitments.

When placing students we take a number of factors into consideration, including travel time and whether you are using a car or public transport. On average our students would not travel more than 45 minutes to get to placement, although many are much closer than this.

During the course you will have a combination of contrasting experiences and placements. We are also partnered with International Schools in Brussels, Prague and Rome. Information can be provided on request.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Holly Grove Special School
Holly Grove Special School, BB10 1JD
Main Site
Tor View School, Clod Lane, Haslingden, Rossendale, BB4 6LR
Pear Tree School
29 Station Road, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2HA
Ridgewood Community High Special School
Ridgewood Community High Special School, BB10 2AT

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 English, maths or science.

Any equivalency tests completed must be equivalent to GCSE level. We do not accept adult learning courses as these do not offer the breadth of knowledge that the GCSE curriculums cover.

We recommend using Edgehill University or those offered by Prestolee SCITT. Links to both of these websites are below:



Personal qualities

We seek trainees with:

-commitment to protect and safeguard children and young-people;

-passion to deliver the highest quality of educational standards;

-genuine liking for and understanding of children and young-people;

-high standards of personal and professional conduct;

-an ability to be an independent and autonomous learner;

-commitment to continual personal and professional development.

Our trainees will have the following competencies:

~Humility, respect and empathy.

~Respect and value the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds of others.

~Excellent communication skills.

~Work collaboratively and supportively with colleagues.

~Manage time effectively.

~Find solutions to complex situations or issues.

~Adapt to new situations.

~Be reflective.

Other requirements

As a safer recruitment provider, we are committed to safeguarding children. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a course requirement and is completed ahead of starting the programme.

We complete checks of relevant suspension and prohibited lists. We ask you to disclose any information that would subsequently be made known to us through the DBS process, and/or other relevant disclosures to be investigated as part of our safeguarding responsibilities.

If successful, you will also be required to complete a health check to assess if you are fit to teach.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We are an Initial Teaching Training provider, part of PLSCITT, based in East Lancashire, formed from a collaboration between mainstream primary, secondary and specialist schools and further and higher education providers and led by Tor View Specialist Learning Community, a four time Outstanding Special School.

Why train to teach with us?

“The impressive network of supporting schools in the local area assured me that wherever I was placed - I’d have a great chance to learn and succeed. ” J Wilson (2017/18)

  • 100% of student teachers who completed their training with us moved into a teaching position by the following term
  • Flexibility to follow mainstream or SEND route, with the option to mix elements or completely change
  • A wide range of optional units available in addition to core elements, ensuring our students are better equipped to face the challenges ahead
  • All lectures delivered at Tor View by specialist subject leaders
  • A network of well trained, supportive Mentors
  • Close to the M65 / M66 and accessible by public transport from Burnley, Blackburn, Manchester, Bury
  • Nurturing, supportive environment where you feel motivated to succeed.

“The support offered to me throughout my year of study was essential to my success on the course. Your course mentors are readily available to help you in any way - no matter or big or small. As well as this, the mentor meeting following each placement was very handy for steering you in the right direction regarding your progress and future targets.” S O’Regan (2017/18)

Twitter: @teach_with_ELIP

About the accredited body

The Pennine Lancashire SCITT is an Initial Teacher Training provider run by four East Lancashire Schools: The Hollins, Marsden Heights, Ribblesdale and Tor View giving graduates the opportunity to receive practical teacher training and to learn ‘on the job’. All our programmes also lead to trainees gaining a PgCE.

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Interview process

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed and, if shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview.

Your invite to interview letter will set out the interview day, including a brief for your mini-teach that you will be required to plan and deliver. Usually, interviews are held at local partner schools though applicants to our SEN programme may be interviewed at Tor View.

At the interview, you will conduct a mini-teach session either from a mainstream or SEND primary school. The brief will reflect the year group of the children. Your mini-teach will be observed by at least two professionals.

Following a successful mini-teach, you will complete a literacy assessment designed to reflect your ability to write at Level 7 (for the PGCE) and a numeracy task. Finally, you will have a face-to-face interview with the same people who observed you during the mini-teach.

References are verified by confirming content and source with the referee.

We will also ask to see the original copies of your ID and certificates.

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

At the heart of ELIP is a specialist learning community. Our expert practitioners assist local primary and secondary schools to support pupils with a wide range of disabilities and special educational needs. This extends to our student teachers, who we work very closely with to enable them to succeed.

As a special school, the Equality Act 2010 & SEN Disability Act 2001 are very important to us. Our training facility is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and we have access to in-house Hearing and Visual Impairment Specialists who would be able to provide a detailed report to assist us with making the necessary adjustments to meet an individual’s needs.

We have experience of supporting students with Dyslexia. Two of our Specialist Teachers and course lecturers are both accredited Dyslexia Specialists. We are able to work with students on access arrangements for skills testing and assignments, in addition to ensuring that they have the tools they need to achieve.

All student teachers are assigned a personal tutor. If you are experiencing any mental health problems, we would advise you to discuss this with your personal tutor so that the correct support can be arranged.

If you feel that you may require additional support, or need help with access arrangements, then please do get in touch to discuss your individual requirements and find out how we can work together. Of course, applicants are under no obligation to disclose, however, we cannot support individual needs if we are not aware of them.

Contact this training provider

01706 214640
Tor View School - Ewood Campus
Clod Lane

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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