Merseyside Special Schools Alliance Primary (SEND) (2V7W)

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

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope University
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.msenssa.org.uk

Contents

Course summary

MSSA is a unique Alliance of 4 ‘Outstanding’ special schools. With MSSA you would have the opportunity to develop your SEND skills alongside outstanding practitioners.

You will have access to a range of settings, in both mainstream and special schools.

Training with us includes opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of SEND that would enable you to effectively support pupils with a range of additional needs. We offer dedicated enhancement training days over the period of the course which include:

  • SLD Learner Profile
  • ASD Training
  • Communication & Interaction
  • Assessment & Planning
  • Positive Management of Behaviours/SEMH
  • Introduction to working with pupils with SPLD
  • Preparing for a successful mainstream experience
  • Teaching pupils with sensory & physical impairments
  • Information and experience sharing

For further information please visit our website: (http://www.msenssa.org.uk/) or contact Lynn Irwin - lirwin@millsteadschool.co.uk

School placements

Students will be required to complete 2 placements;

  • Placement 1 - Special Educational setting
  • Placement 2 - Mainstream setting

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.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

MSSA is a unique Alliance of 4 ‘Outstanding’ special schools. With MSSA you would have the opportunity to develop your SEND skills alongside outstanding practitioners.

You will have access to a range of settings, in both mainstream and special schools.

Training with us includes opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of SEND that would enable you to effectively support pupils with a range of additional needs. We offer dedicated enhancement training days over the period of the course which include:

  • Assessments & Planning
  • Communication Strategies
  • Introduction to working with Pupils with ASD
  • Teaching Pupils with Sensory & Physical Impairments
  • Introduction to working with pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Positive Management of Behaviour
  • Pre-formal learners & Play based learners
  • Effective job applications and interviewing Techniques

For further information please visit our website: (http://www.msenssa.org.uk/)

Interview process

Candidates will be invited into one of the 4 schools. Candidates will spend the morning in a classroom environment observing and taking part in a teaching & learning session.

Candidates will complete the following:

  • Written reflection on the teaching and learning session.
  • Literacy task
  • Maths task
  • Formal interview made up of a panel of Headteachers

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

Successful applicants will discuss individual requirements with Mentors any additional support required i.e: placements would be chosen with accessibility in mind.

Placements and Academic work will be discussed on individual basis.

Contact this training provider

Email
lynn.irwin@millsteadschool.co.uk
Telephone
01512074656
Website
http://www.msenssa.org.uk
Address
C/O Millstead School
Iliad Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L5 3LU

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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