This innovative and highly regarded course follows our mainstream primary course (see Course Code 22JX for details) but with the additional benefit of specialising in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The SEND specialism is suitable for all applicants interested in special education, whether seeking a special school teaching career or one in a mainstream primary school. Under the expertise of SEND professionals, the programme has been carefully designed to support all trainees to become the best teacher they can possibly be when responding to the learning needs of every individual in their class, regardless of setting.
Trainees on this route receive additional training led by experienced practitioners in SEND as well as having the valuable experience of a special school teaching placement.
SEND taught days cover a range of topics such as:
- SEND Code of Practice
- The inclusive classroom and working with SENCOs
- Social, Emotional, Mental Health
- ASD & structured teaching
- SEND classroom behaviour management strategies
- Multi-sensory teaching & learning
- Working with others: a collaborative approach
- SEND planning and assessment
- Pupils with complex difficulties whose behaviour challenges
- Medical & physical needs
- Bereavement and grief
- Communication and interaction
- Introduction to signing
- Special school comparison visits
Following a term in a mainstream setting, the special school teaching placement starts after Christmas in one of our partnership special schools and finishes a few weeks before Easter. In that time, trainees gain valuable, first hand teaching experience within a wide spectrum of special educational needs which may include severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, autism and additional complex needs.
Trainees on this specialism undertake the same course work as those on the Primary PGCE programme; however, where applicable, it is expected that their work and assignments will have a SEND focus.
(Please note: in the unlikely event of a trainee not making the expected level of progress in mainstream practice, they may be required to transfer to the primary course (22JX), without SEND specialism, in order to meet statutory Initial Teacher Training Criteria)