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

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Pennine Lancashire SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://torview.org/educational-excellence/initial-teacher-training

Contents

About the course

As a partnership we have invested both time and money in ensuring 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 a ‘host’ school where you will complete school experience days and your Beginning and Extending placements. Your Beginning placement takes place in the second half of the Autumn term and lasts for 4 weeks. Your Developing placement takes place in the second half of the Spring term and lasts for 6 weeks. This will be in a different school and contrasting Key Stage. Your final Extending placement lasts for 9 weeks and starts in the first half of the Summer term and continuing through to early July.

When you start in September, up until the start of your Beginning placement, you will be gaining school experience in your host school for two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday) and at Tor View for three days per week receiving lectures studying our ITT curriculum (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

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 study Core Units in English, Maths, Science, and all of the Foundation subjects including: History, Geography, RE, PE, Computing, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Music and Modern Foreign Languages as well as Professional Practices content including: Safeguarding. Behaviour Management, Lesson Planning, Assessment, Child Development, Classroom Management, Partnerships, SEND, Transitions and Applying for Jobs.

These units introduce you to key concepts and principles in teaching and learning, whilst aiming to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in core areas of teaching: curriculum design, assessment, planning and managing a classroom. The units also aim to develop your ability to reflect on your own practice, professionalism and underpinning values.

We are also pleased to offer a range of ELIP modules that are additional to the core programme, and unique to ELIP. These fall broadly into Mainstream/SEN/Early Years categories, although you are encouraged to select options which appeal, irrespective of which of our programmes you have chosen.

Please email teachingschool@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. We try to place students close to home, but this is not always possible. On average our students would not travel more than 45 minutes to get to placement, although many are much closer than this and we would ask for your flexibility and understanding with this, depending on the particular circumstances.

During the course you will have 3 placements. Primary (General) trainees will have 3 mainstream placements, although we do also offer trainees on this programme the chance to work in a special school to complete their Developing placement. Your Beginning and Extending placements will take place in your host school. Prmary (SEN) trainees complete their Beginning and Extending placements in a special school and the Developing placement will be in a contrasting key stage in a mainstream primary school. Trainees on our Early Years programme complete their Beginning placement in a Nursery school, Developing placement in a mainstream KS1 classroom and their Extending placement in a mainstream Reception class. These don’t necessarily all take place in different schools.

  • Beginning placement : 4 weeks long, 2nd half of the Autumn term.
  • Developing placement : 6 weeks long, 2nd half of the Spring term.*
  • Extending placement : 9 weeks long, Summer term.

You will also be in your host school for 2 days a week outside of your official placements.

  • We also now have a partnership to offer international placements in Brussels, Prague and Rome. Information can be provided on request.

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:

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/equivalency/?tab=standalone-tests

https://www.prestoleescitt.co.uk/Equivalency-Testing/

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 2022 to 2023 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.

For more information please go to:

https://plscitt.org.uk/

Interview process

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed and, if shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview. Usually, we hold interviews every 2 weeks, and we aim to give you 7 days notice to give you adequate time to prepare.

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 with up to 6 pupils 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, usually ELIP’s Senior Personal Tutor or Director of Programmes and another Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher from our partner schools.

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

Depending on the number of people being interviewed, the interview process could take several hours to complete but we aim to keep this to a minimum.

References are verified by confirming content and source with the referee. Any issues are clarified with referee and/or candidate.

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

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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

Email
teachingschool@theviewtrust.org
Telephone
01706 214640
Website
https://torview.org/educational-excellence/initial-teacher-training
Address
Tor View School - Ewood Campus
Clod Lane
Haslingden
Lancashire
BB4 6LR

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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