Co-op Academies Trust Primary (SEND) (K450)

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

Accredited body
Bright Futures SCITT
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

The Primary with SEND specialism route is a Primary 5-11 route which offers placement experience in Key Stage 1, 2 and a further placement in a Special Provision school. Trainees completing this route will be qualified to teach in mainstream Primary schools or special provision schools.

Over 125 days of the course will be spent in schools working alongside highly professional and well-qualified colleagues. Specific subject knowledge training will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the full primary curriculum for Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2.

Trainee timetables are progressive in design, however, trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support.

Progress is monitored with your planning, teaching and assessment being observed weekly by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least one joint observation with your professional mentor. Trainees reflect on progress on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the Core Content Framework and Teachers’ Standards.

Throughout the course, trainees engage with professional development training. This training takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning and is delivered by lead practitioners and specialist leaders of education.

Can I refresh my subject knowledge?

Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset. As a Trainee Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen.

  • We will provide free access to our online learning platform which will tailor learning around your needs.

How do I become a qualified teacher?

The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the Teacher Standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from all assignments, teaching files, reflections and observations completed during your training. A PGCE is awarded from the University of Manchester.

School placements

The Primary with SEND specialism route offers placement experience in Key Stage 1, 2 and a further placement in a Special Provision school. Placement schools are chosen considering a number of factors, including trainee prior experience, training needs and location. The timing for each placement is bespoke for each trainee.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Co-op Academy Broadhurst
Williams Road, Moston, Greater Manchester, M40 0BX
Co-op Academy Princeville
Willowfield Street, Bradford, Yorkshire, BD7 2AH

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.

Personal qualities

  • A passion to work and teach within the primary years
    • A want to provide the best opportunities for SEND students
    • The potential to train to teach
    • Excellent subject knowledge
    • Resilience
    • Dedication
    • Enthusiasm

The Co-op Academies Trust is committed to ensuring staff at all levels develop:

  • Self-help
  • Self-responsibility
  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Solidarity

We uphold our key ethical values of:

  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Social responsibility
  • Caring for others

Other requirements

All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this included a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.

Some applicants may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course.

It is desirable that applicants have suitable experience of working in a school setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. Such experience should include a range of year groups covering KS1 and KS2 as well as working with SEND pupils. The more experience an applicant can gain before applying for a place on the course, the greater the chance they have of being successful.

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

Applicants who are not British citizens or a citizen of one of the EEA (European Economic Area) countries will need a visa to study in the UK. More details can be found from the Home Office

About the training provider

Co-op Academies Trust believes in changing the lives of young people through empowering teachers and young people to work together for a better education and a better community.

The Trust brings together expertise from across Primary, Secondary, Special and Further Education in an aim to promote excellence in all aspects of education. Trainees benefit from focused, central and school-based training, working in our partner schools across our 4 geographical areas for the duration of the programme:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Merseyside
  • Staffordshire
  • West Yorkshire

Key elements of our training programme

  • In school training from the first day
  • Two contrasting teaching placements across our trust to prepare you for employment
  • Cross-phase training experiences throughout the course
  • Trained mentors supporting every aspect of your professional development
  • Evidence-informed professional studies sessions facilitated by outstanding practitioners
  • Meetings with other associate teachers from a wide trainee network
  • Gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE, and Masters level credits
  • A dedicated well-being provision
  • A new Google Chromebook will be given to every trainee teacher to support their training year.

Interview process

Following a successful application that meets our entry criteria, an interview will be arranged by Co-op Academies Trust which could be in person within a trust setting, or via an on-line platform.

The interview will include the following elements:

  • A short pupil-based activity where we ask you to prepare a lesson walk through to discuss with the interview panel.

  • A hidden task revealed during the interview

  • A written task to assess your written communication skills

  • A formal interview with staff from Co-op Academies Trust

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

It is the goal of Co-op Academies Trust to recruit people of outstanding potential, irrespective of their background or needs, and to ensure that the admission process is transparent, has minimal barriers to entry, is based on merit and potential, and is fair with regards to diversity.

Please contact us if there is anything in particular you would like to discuss.

Contact this training provider

0161 250 6241
1 Angel Square
Greater Manchester
M60 0AG

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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