This unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course. 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. We have 14 schools across Bradford, Keighley, Leeds and Skipton. If you choose the Generic SEND route, we can place you in one of our 6 special schools as your home school.
You will start the course with a 4-week introduction at your home school. This is followed by a 7-week assessed placement for either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 in a mainstream primary school. Then you are back in your home school for December.
In Stage 2, you will have another 7-week assessed placement in a different mainstream primary school, This will be a different key stage than your first assessed placement and takes place in January - February.
Throughout Stages 1 and 2, you will have regular training courses in all aspects of teaching the national primary curriculum on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will also enhance this training with additional content on areas of special education needs. This will cover a wide range of topics including positive behaviour management, inclusion, communication and interaction, attachment disorder, cognition and learning, and whole school communication strategies.
From March onwards, you will be back on your home school for Stage 3 and by this time it will be 5 days a week. Your final 13-week assessment will be in your home school.