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

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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 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 2nd half of the Autumn term and lasts for 4 weeks. Your Developing placement takes place in the first half of the Spring term and lasts for 5 weeks. This will be in a different school and contrasting key stage. Your final Extending placement lasts for 10 weeks and starts in the 2nd half of the Spring term and continues through the Summer term.

When you start in September, up until the start of your first 4 week placement in the second half of the Autumn term, you will be gaining school experience in your host school for two days per week (Monday & Tuesday) and at Tor View for three days per week (Wednesday to Friday).

At Tor View you will be working towards your PgCE modules of Raising the Achievement of Children and High Quality Learning & Teaching with a University Lecturer. You will have an assignment to submit for each module.

In addition you will study Core Units in English, Maths, Science, PE, Behaviour for learning, Assessment Data Tracking, Computing, Creative Teaching and Learning, Physical Development, Child Development, Lesson Planning, Art, Music, English SPAG, History, Geography, D&T, Modern Foreign languages, RE , Classroom Management, Partnerships, Medium Term Planning, ASC, Interview Techniques, Transitions. These units introduce you to key concepts and principles in teaching and learning, whilst aiming to the development of knowledge skills and understanding in core areas of teaching: curriculum design, assessment, planning, managing classroom behaviour and behaviour for learning and evaluation. 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 SEN / Mainstream categories, although you are encouraged to select options which appeal, irrespective of whether you have chosen the SEN or Mainstream route into Teaching.

Please email teachingschool@theviewtrust.org for full details of all optional modules.

Interview process

Once you have successfully submitted your application, we will contact you to arrange an interview. Usually we hold interviews every 2 weeks, and we would always give you 7 days notice to ensure that you had adequate time to prepare.

Your invite to interview letter will set out all the requirements for the interview day, including a brief for your mini teach. Usually interviews are held at Tor View, but occasionally we conduct the mainstream mini teach element with one of our local partner primary schools.

At the interview you will be required to conduct a mini teach session with 3 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 the Deputy Principal from Tor View and another Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher from the alliance.

Following a successful mini teach you will complete a literacy assessment designed to reflect your ability to write at Level 7. Finally you will have a face to face interview with the same people who observed you conduct the mini teach.

Depending on the number of people being interviewed, will determine how long this process takes, it can be anything from 3 – 5 hours.

We will also ask to see your ID and certificates.

How school placements work

East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership is a dynamic alliance with over 30 schools involved in providing support to initial teacher training. These schools are made up of a mix of mainstream and SEND schools. We are based in Rossendale, and have placement opportunities not only throughout the Rossendale Valley, but also Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Blackburn. We work with a network of Special Schools throughout Lancashire and Cumbria and have worked with other Teaching School Alliances in providing placements out of area to assist students with their travel commitments.

When placing students we take a number of factors into consideration, including travel distance 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 30 – 45 minutes to get to placement, although many are much closer than this and we would ask that you are prepared to travel for 90 minutes, depending on the particular circumstances.

You are of course able to secure your own placement if you wish. We would ask that it is a good or outstanding school, and we would need to follow up to ensure that the appropriate documentation is completed.

During the course you will have 3 placements. Mainstream students will have 3 mainstream placements if they wish, although we encourage people to have a special school placement as their Developing placement. SEND students will also have 3 placements, Beginning and Extending will be in a special school and Developing will be in a contrasting key stage in a mainstream school.

  • Beginning placement : 4 weeks long, 2nd half of the Autumn term.
  • Developing placement : 5 weeks long, 1st half of the Spring term.
  • Extending placement : 10 weeks long, 2nd half of Spring term & Summer term.

Your Beginning and Extending placements will take place in your host school. You will also be in your host school for 2 days a week outside of your official placements.

For more information email : teachingschool@theviewtrust.org


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

Financial support

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.



To be eligible you will need:

  • GCSE Maths Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE English Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Science Grade C or above (or equivalent)

A suitable degree, comprising at least 300 credits, at least 60 of which must be at Level 6.

We are happy to take applications from people who are working towards essential qualifications that will be in place prior to starting the course.

Personal qualities

We believe that all children have a right to achieve their potential, irrespective of socio-economic background, gender, race, religion or disability and we are looking for candidates who share this ethos.

We are looking for student teachers who:

  • enjoy working with children
  • have a passion to be outstanding
  • are resilient
  • are motivated to work hard
  • are professional
  • have excellent communication skills
  • understand the need to work as part of a team

If this sounds like you, then please don’t hesitate to contact teachingschool@theviewtrust.org to find out more!

Other requirements

Places will be offered subject to the completion of a suitable DBS check and Health Questionnaire.

About the training provider

Our Teaching School Alliance, based in East Lancashire, is 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 National Teaching School and National Support School.

Why train 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)

About the accredited body

Many of the schools in our alliance are partner primary’s to the schools in the Pennine Lancashire SCITT. ELIP believes passionately in cross-phase collaboration, and works closely with partners in the SCITT to ensure that student teachers understand the links between SEND, KS2 and KS3. Where possible, joint workshops in areas such as Safeguarding, Child Development and Behaviour Management exist to allow student teachers from across all phases of primary and secondary education to meet and share best practice.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At the heart of ELIP is a specialist learning community. Our expert Practioners’ 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 use. 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 individuals needs.

We have experience of supporting students with Dyslexia. Our School Direct Lead Tutor / Mentor is an accredited Dyslexia Specialist. 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 details

Tor View School
Clod Lane


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