SAND Training & Outreach Primary (2Y22)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Gloucestershire
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
10 months (1st September-30th June)
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

This course is based in the 5-11 age range.

Trainees will have a 10 month placement at one of our partner schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second Gloucestershire school. Trainees are able to access both Primary Mainstream and SEN placements according to preference.

In addition to classroom practice, Trainees will attend a series of tailored training sessions, in order to develop teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practice. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who will support trainees in achieving high quality professional practice. Our training programme is reviewed annually and developed to ensure that Trainees are fully equipped to embark on their future career. Our 2020-21 programme includes the following modules:

  • Behaviour for Learning and Learning Styles
  • Working as Part of a Team
  • Child Development and Neuroscience
  • Supporting Positive Behaviour
  • Speech, Language and Communication Development
  • Writing, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Maths
  • EYFS
  • Science
  • History, Geography and Theme Base Approach
  • Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Dealing with Difficult Conversations
  • PSHE/ RSHE (including PiNK)
  • Schemas
  • Creativity
  • Computing
  • RE
  • PE
    • CVs, Job Applications and Interviews
  • Introduction to Autism
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • Attachment Theory
    • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome
  • Restorative Practice
  • English as an Additional Language
  • EHCPs, MyPlan, MyPlan+

In addition to visiting partner schools and attending programme modules, Trainees will attend sessions run by The University of Gloucestershire. Trainees are assigned a mentor at their placement school and are also supported by the ITT Training Manager throughout the programme.

Assessment is achieved through production of a professional portfolio, which will be used to build evidence of how the standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) are being met. Evidence will include observations of Trainee teaching and written assignments, which should demonstrate a clear understanding of professional practice, phase and subject area. The expectation of time spent leading a class will increase in each successive term of the programme as Trainees develop in their skills and confidence, leading up to 80%.

School placements

Trainees will be offered placements in one of our placement schools as part of their training programme. Recent placement schools are: The Milestone School Bettridge School Coney Hill Community Primary School Abbeymead Primary School Innsworth Junior School Innsworth Infant School Finlay Community School Battledown Centre for Children and Families Parton Manor Junior School Parton Manor Infant School Glebe Infants’ School Picklenash Junior School St Paul’s Church of England Primary School Elmbridge Primary School Cooper’s Edge Primary School Kingsholm Church of England Primary School Harewood Junior School

Placements schools are reviewed annually, and where possible selected in conjunction with the Trainee. Trainees are expected to spend most of their time in their placement school, with the exception of attending Training Programme days and visits to other schools. During the programme Trainees need to undertake assessed placements in both KS1 and KS2 - to ensure a range of experience these placements must take place in different schools.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

Personal qualities

You should:

  • have a positive, solutions-based approach
  • demonstrate commitment to your own professional development and to achieving high standards in teaching and learning
  • be committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all pupils

Other requirements

Your application should include examples of experience you have of working with young people – for example as a classroom assistant, youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you have not had previous experience of working with young people, you should be able to demonstrate how skills you have developed in other contexts would transfer to teaching and have a positive impact on pupil outcomes.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Please refer to The University of Gloucestershire for fees.

About the training provider

As a former Teaching School Alliance with 6 years of delivery of School Direct ITT Programmes, SAND Training & Outreach is experienced and uniquely placed to offer a wide range of specialist support, advice and courses, with a strong emphasis on all aspects of Primary and Special Educational Needs expertise. We are committed to developing child-centred teachers who create the best possible outcomes for all pupils regardless of ability, need or circumstance. We provide a structured training programme delivered by knowledgeable and experienced tutors. In additional to formal training modules we offer the opportunity to visit a wide variety of mainstream primary and SEN settings to carry out Learning Walks and observations. You will also be able to access both Primary Mainstream and SEN placements. Throughout you will be supported by experienced mentors who will help you develop your professional practice, ensuring that you are fully equipped to embark on your future career.

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

In response to guidelines schools are currently operating within due do Coronavirus (COVID-19), interviews may be conducted online.

As part of this interview you will:

  • deliver a presentation on a topic which you will be notified of and have opportunity to prepare for in advance
  • have a formal interview with a panel of interviewers

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

We consider applications from all candidates who meet the entry criteria, regardless of any disability. Potential candidates are welcome to request our Equal Opportunities Policy.

Contact this training provider

The Milestone School
Longford Lane

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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