Exceed SCITT Primary (SEND) (K524)

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

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.exceedscitt.co.uk

Contents

Course summary

This course will train you in the 5-11 age range (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) with specialism in SEND. You’ll be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by Exceed SCITT and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by a University. This unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Our programme design is innovative, with 4 potential pathways for you to choose from:

  • Autism (communication and interaction)
  • Generic SEND (cognition and learning)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and
  • Sensory (VisuaI impairment / Hearing Impairment). We aim to match you with a home school in our partnership that matches your particular interest in SEND and/or suits your geographical location where this is possible. You will also be placed in mainstream schools to develop your teaching in Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2.

As an Exceed SCITT Teacher you will be part of its vision and values. They are based upon 3 key words; Inspire . Care . Excel . -Providing the opportunity to work in the most exciting, innovative and forward thinking schools across West Yorkshire -Inspirational training for aspirational teachers and a genuine commitment to professional learning and evidence based practice through its Teaching schools -Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and trainees at the core of our care

Our programme design has 3 clear strands: Subject Knowledge, so that you develop strong subject knowledge and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress. Conceptual Knowledge, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children in your class. Embedding Practice, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge with the support of your Class-Based Mentor. Your personal well-being is also important to us so the programme includes Mental health First Aid and managing workload. We will enhance this training with additional content on areas of special education needs, including positive behaviour management, inclusion, communication and interaction, attachment disorder, cognition and learning, and whole school communication strategies.

Take a look at our Bradford and Leeds schools on the Exceed SCITT website: (https://www.exceedscitt.co.uk) We will provide continued opportunity to explore your interest in special provision and provide you with time in your home school where you can put what you are learning into practice. The route will equip you to move into employment in both main stream and special provision.

School placements

You are in school all the time. In fact, even when you are working on the academic parts of the programme this is supported by a Tutor from the providing University who comes to one of our schools to work with you.
All of our partnership schools are 100% committed to your training, so it really doesn’t make a difference which schools will be your Home school (where you do the majority of your training and matching your particular interest in SEND) or your Host School (where you will gain your experience teaching in a mainstream setting at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2). Geographically our schools are located close to each other and our partnership is very diverse, from large to smaller intercity schools, that are culturally and socio economically diverse. For your SEND specialism, you could be placed in a Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) for either autism; social, emotional and mental health (SEMH), visual impairment (VI) or hearing impairment (HI). Other opportunities in SEND provision, include working at a PRU or in a Special School. We also have schools that specialise in supporting pupils with sensory impairment.

This course enables you to specialize in the 5-11 age range, along with SEND so your training will take place in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 settings. You will be trained in a minimum of two different schools, however, the structure of the programme will enable you to get to know the whole partnership. This is because your training days are delivered by expert tutors who are also senior leaders within their schools and most of the training on Mondays takes place in their school. Having an opportunity to see practice and meet children in a wide range of schools helps you to reflect on what is going to have the most impact upon your progress towards QTS and employment. Our unique and innovate course design ensures that you will be qualified to teach in either a mainstream primary or a special school, someone who the school is often looking to employ at the end of the year.

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 ask candidates to use a third party for the equivalency tests and we would recommend they use Equivalency Testing. (https://www.equivalencytesting.com/)

Personal qualities

Remember that we really try to get to know you as an individual at the interview so that you feel at ease and can evidence the personal qualities that you bring to the programme. It is your personal qualities that will help to make a significant difference to the educational life chances of the pupils in our partnership of schools. For this programme we are looking for people with a passion for inclusive education.

Other requirements

Before starting the programme all applicants must be deemed suitable to train to teach so safeguarding checks will be undertaken. They must also demonstrate they are fit to teach so will need to complete a pre-ITT health questionnaire.

We are also looking for the following qualities in our applicants:

  • Excellent communication skills and rapport with children
  • Transferrable skills into teaching
  • Awareness of teaching and learning
  • Able to answer questions in depth and can articulate ideas clearly
  • Demonstrate strong aptitude for teaching

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

Trainees need to consider how they transport themselves from their training school to the training venues across either Bradford/Keighley or Leeds. Some of our SCITT Trainee Teachers often car share, reducing travel costs. Having said this please remember that our partnership of schools are geographically situated close to each other.

About the training provider

Thank you for considering Exceed SCITT to train to teach in Bradford or Leeds. We aim to recruit 30 trainees on either a Primary 3-7 or 5-11 programme to both our Bradford and Leeds provision. We want to know all our trainees as individuals to ensure your training experience is bespoke and meets your needs.
Our programme is innovative and forward thinking, with 3 clear strands: Subject and Curriculum Knowledge for strong knowledge of the national Curriculum and teaching strategies to ensure pupil’s make good progress; Conceptual Knowledge, such as inclusion and effective behaviours for learning so that you are confident to meet the needs of all children; Embedding Practice, so that you apply your new knowledge in the context of the classroom with support from your Class-Based Mentor. Your personal well-being is also very important to us. Want to train and make a difference to children’s life chances? There is no better place to train than in our diverse partner schools. We offer experiences that few providers can, such as experiencing schools in challenging socio economic circumstances and achieve outcomes well above national expectations. You will undertake a a number of study visits to other schools in order to broaden your breadth of experience and understanding of different school provision. Our partnership is an amazing place to train and committed to its vision and values; ‘providing inspirational training for aspirational teachers and a genuine commitment to professional learning and evidence-based practice.’ For further information please visit: (https://www.exceedscitt.co.uk)

Interview process

Make sure that your application is clear and grammatically accurate. We are looking for your potential as a trainee teacher, not for someone who is already an experienced teacher.

In your personal statement you might want to cover the following aspects, which we offer as a guide only. Your reason for wanting to teach, why primary? Why SEND? Which phase of learning are you most interested in, e.g. EYFS, KS1 or KS2. Your vision for education and your commitment to young people in Bradford and Keighley or Leeds. What was your ‘wow moment’ when you knew teaching was the career for you? Any other relevant and transferable skills/experiences that can be related to teaching.

You will be invited to interview via Zoom in the first instance. This will give you the opportunity to find out more about the programme. You will also have the opportunity to show us how you would lead a short 15 minute teaching episode based on a children’s book. There will then be the opportunity to visit one of our partnership schools where you will be made very welcome. You will be given a tour of the school and an opportunity to talk to some of our ECTs or current SCITT Teachers training with us. This way we really get to know you and you get the opportunity to find out how our partnership supports you to be the best teacher that you can be.

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

As a partnership of schools committed to inclusive education and challenging discrimination, we welcome applications from trainees with disabilities. Exceed SCITT places trainee welfare at the heart of its vision and values. “Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and Exceed Teachers at the core of our care.” You will have regular key review points that include trainee wellbeing and support to ensure you can access all aspects of the training programme. For example, additional time for tasks, contact with expert tutors on the programme who can provide guidance and strategies for any individual needs. Exceed Academies Trust also provides 24 hour support through the Employee Assistance Programme which is available to all of our trainee teachers. The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education is an academic award with 60 Masters Level credits and is awarded by a University. As a student of a University you are able to access the support services offered by the institution.

Contact this training provider

Email
exceed.scitt@exceedacademiestrust.co.uk
Telephone
01274 611327
Website
http://www.exceedscitt.co.uk
Address
Exceed SCITT
Holybrook Primary School
Rillington Mead
Bradford
BD10 0EF

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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