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Matrix TSA Primary (SEND) (A810)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Derby
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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course is a Non Salaried School Direct PGCE in Primary with QTS. This means that candidates will follow a primary qualification with and additional pathway of SEND. Upon completion trainees are presented with QTS.

Our course is unique in the fact that you will complete placements in both the primary and special sector. By doing so, we believe that you will become a much more well rounded practitioner that is employable in both sectors.

Our course runs in partnership with the University of Derby who are recognised as an outstanding HEI provider.

Link tutor visits, key assessment points and level 7 masterly studies are required to be completed throughout the course of the year. All of these elements are designed to ensure trainees are aware of current pedagogical and theoretical approaches to learning.

In addition to the university lectures, trainees are provided with in school ‘Hub’ days that further deepen the knowledge of classroom pedagogy which are facilitated by current school practitioners in a range of areas.

School placements

Placements are conducted in contrasting key stages and sectors.

There are 3 placements in total. Placements 1 and 3 will be conducted at the candidates host school in their preferred key stage. Placement 2 is conducted at a partner school and will be in the candidates opposite key stage. For example, if your placements 1 and 3 were in KS1, then placement 2 would be in KS2 and vice versa.

On our course and SEND pathway you will be placed you in both primary and special schools working with pupils from 5-11. This approach enables candidates to become fully rounded primary educationalists who can be employed in both the primary and special sector.

As an alliance we have 11 schools that are based in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Where possible we aim to place our trainees in an outstanding school that is close by in order to reduce travel time and to ensure support is provided by experienced mentors and practitioners.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree 2.2 and above

GCSE English, Maths, Science

Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.

To ensure trainees meet the required competencies you will be required to undertake and pass the University’s agreed assessment which will take place when you commence your course. Full details of the required competencies and assessment will be provided in due course. Pease note it is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills.

Personal qualities

We are looking for motivated students with a passion for teaching, with the ability to build caring relationships with students. You must be friendly and approachable and demonstrate a strong work ethic and resilience.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

As a training provider we offer our trainees a diverse range of outstanding opportunities to help them become the best teacher they can be.

Our programme firmly believes that educators of pupils (SEND/Primary) should be highly skilled and adaptable to be able to provide an educational experience to all their pupils that makes a difference.

All trainees will have placements in both SEND and Primary. This is to ensure you are an all round practitioner who can enable learning in an ever increasingly changing classroom environment.

For those trainees who successfully complete our course, employment opportunities are available in both the SEND/Primary sectors.

All trainees are placed within outstanding schools with outstanding mentors. This ensures that all trainees are supported to reach their potential whilst being exposed to highly effective and innovative practice.

We place a large emphasis on trainee development and invest additional time to allow all trainees to access CPLD opportunities that improves awareness of educational theories and pedagogies which can be utilised in both the SEND and Primary sectors.

Our aim is to ensure all pupils receive the best education possible by enabling you to become the best teacher you can be.

About the accredited body

As an outstanding provider, the University of Derby provide excellent academic support and challenge to our trainees. The support and knowledge provided to our trainees through the University of Derby ensures that all are treated as an individual whilst also feeling part of a much larger collegiate group. Through level 7 studies and exposure to educational topics and pedagogies the University of Derby ensure that all trainees are adequately skilled to work and adapt in an ever changing classroom environment and profession.

Interview process

All candidates attend an interview morning at Swanwick School and Sports College.

During this process candidates are expected to facilitate a learning activity with a group of KS2 pupils. There is also an opportunity for candidates to be part of a group discussion around an educational topic.

Once both of these are complete, a formal interview is conducted with the Director of Matrix TSA, a Headteacher from within the alliance and the Head of Primary at SSSC.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Where possible we will provide support to trainees on an individual basis. If trainees require any support or access arrangements to our schools we endeavour to assist with this and create a bespoke level of support where required.

Contact this training provider

Hayes Lane
DE55 1AR

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