Cabot Learning Federation SCITT Primary (SEND) (B379)

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

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

Do you want to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of working with children in a primary setting?

Do you want to gain invaluable skills to work with children who need extra support?

We’re excited to introduce our Primary (5-11) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) teacher training programme, a route for those interested in primary/special education and SEND. Through this route, you’ll begin a career that makes a difference, in mainstream or specialist provision, working alongside expert teachers within inclusive environments. You’ll have the opportunity to work across a range of settings, developing expertise in supporting all learners, while enhancing your knowledge of teaching pupils with SEND. By the end of this course, you will be recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS) enabling you to teach in a primary or special school. For those interested in becoming a future SENCO, this route provides a solid foundation on which to begin.

A combination of weekly centre-based training and school-based experience working alongside expert practitioners/mentors at the CLF SCITT will give you an excellent start to your teaching career. You’ll develop skills and techniques that can be applied in your placement school with the support of other colleagues.

The CLF SCITT curriculum provides a balance between educational theory and cognitive research with classroom-based practice and application. We have developed a well-sequenced, interleaved and progressive approach where trainees’ knowledge and skills build throughout the year.

Successful completion leads to the award of QTS and the opportunity to gain Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s level credits. This is delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University who deliver face-to-face training at the SCITT in Bristol and provide online tutor support.

Professionalism and personal refection are expected as well as being proactive, taking responsibility for your own learning and progress. Professional learning conversations with mentors and experts provides regular opportunities to guide and support this as well as supporting links between centre and school-based provision and learning.

Core pedagogy is further explored through the lens of the subject with a focus on subject knowledge, subject pedagogy, pupil progression and attitudes.

Additional features of the programme are:

  • September Induction fortnight
  • Intensive school-based practice weeks
  • SEND enrichment training
  • School Experience all year round including two core placements
  • Learning in collaboration with Early Years, Primary and Secondary trainees
  • Cross-phase and complimentary experience
  • CLF wide CPD opportunities/Conferences in addition to centre-based training
  • Employment support

School placements

We work in partnership with a large number of schools across Bristol, and beyond, and you will have the opportunity to learn in different settings throughout the year. These may include mainstream, mainstream with resource bases, alternative provision and special schools.

You will work alongside a mentor during each placement – an experienced classroom practitioner, who will provide support, guidance and challenge for you. A lead mentor will oversee the school-based training alongside the Programme Leaders.

During the programme, there will be some intensive school-based practice weeks each with a key curriculum focus. Trainees are set key tasks and observations which are explicitly designed to make links between theory and practice. This aims to improve trainees’ understanding of how children and young people develop and learn.

You will have a ‘home’ placement school where you will spend the majority of your training, as well as a contrasting placement in a school with a particular SEND specialism or provision. This will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of how to adapt your teaching to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Placement expectations are designed to gradually develop trainees’ teaching during the year. This starts by getting established with pupils in the classroom and school community as well as gaining initial teaching experience. Trainees’ will start their teaching and planning with small groups, moving on to teaching parts of lessons, whole lessons, sequences of learning and finally taking on full responsibility for the class and the progress of learners during the summer term. Trainees are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and autonomy in their planning and teaching throughout the year.

We are committed to inclusion and take into consideration many factors when organising your school placements including; distance from home to school, access to transport, preferred key stage where possible, the ethos of individual schools, individual family circumstances, disability and additional learning needs.

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.

We accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing Where tests are required they must be passed prior to the start of the SCITT programme in September 2023

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who share our ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people through working collaboratively and empowering learning.

You will need to demonstrate the commitment and resilience needed to become a highly effective teacher and lifelong learner.

Additional qualities we look for throughout the application process are:

  • Aptitude and readiness for teacher training
  • Strong passion for teaching and learning specific to age range or subject
  • Strong sense of moral purpose (linked to CLF HEART values)
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, be responsive and pro-active

Other requirements

You will need to complete successful enhanced Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) and prohibition checks and will require appropriate ID and documents for this.

You will be required to provide a full employment history and satisfactory references supporting your suitability to work with children/young people, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education requirements.

You will need to complete an Occupational Health form/self-declaration about your fitness and wellness to teach.

School experience is highly recommended to both support your application and improve your readiness for teacher training.

Please provide a Statement of Comparibility if you hold international qualifications (

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) is an exciting and inspiring place to train. We are a mature Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in the South West. The CLF is a diverse network of 20 entities including Primary, Secondary, an all-through 3-19 Academy, Post 16, a Studio School and alternative provisions. Our academies work collaboratively to offer the best possible education, outcomes and life chances for the young people and communities we serve, irrespective of background or circumstance.

The CLF employs around 2000 staff and we educate approximately 12,500 children and young people. Our contexts include urban, inner-city, suburban, rural and coastal catchment areas in geographically local clusters serving Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

The CLF Institute is the centre for our SCITT and the Boolean Maths Hub. We also provide high quality professional development for teachers, leaders and support staff at every career stage.

The CLF is jointly sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC and the University of the West of England; we work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University for the PGCE qualification.

As a MAT, our trainees have opportunities for teaching within and beyond the phases they are training to teach. There are often employment opportunities within the CLF and our partnership schools.

Teaching really is the best job in the world. Not only do you get to spend time with the most creative, funny, inquisitive and interesting young people, but you get to make a difference on a daily basis. Teaching has the potential to transform lives, including yours!

Interview process

The assessment day is a process to access eligibility, subject knowledge and potential to train to teach.

Assessment day tasks will usually include:

  • A pre-prepared teaching task with a group of pupils
  • A short pre-prepared presentation
  • A discussion based activity
  • A written task
  • An individual interview

Details of the tasks will be sent to you prior to the interview date. The assessment tasks are designed to help us select prospective trainees based on our 5 core values and attributes:

  • Aptitude and readiness for teacher training
  • Strong subject knowledge and passion for teaching and learning specific to age range
  • Strong sense of moral purpose (linked to the CLF HEART values)
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to reflect, be responsive and pro-active

This rigorous selection process ensures that we recruit the very best trainee teachers for our children and young people. During the process you will also be able to establish whether we are the right training provider for you.

Successful applicants may be given conditions or recommended actions to complete prior to the course starting in order to accelerate their readiness for the teacher training year.

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

The CLF SCITT programme is inclusive and personalised to meet the needs of every trainee. As a schools- based provision we have access to expertise within our partnership schools around meeting all specific educational needs and can provide reasonable adjustment for disabilities. Our trainees have access to study and occupational health support as required. A characteristic of our training programme, afforded by our scale and school-centred context, is the pastoral and individual support that we can provide to ensure that every trainee’s needs are met.

CLF SCITT trainees who undertake the PGCE award have access to the full range of student support provision from Sheffield Hallam University.

CLF SCITT trainees have access to various online training packages including NIMBLE and NASBTT Networks Live.

All CLF SCITT trainees have access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

Contact this training provider

01172 446233
CLF Institute
Russell Town Avenue

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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