SEND Teaching School
Primary (SEND) (H577)

QTS full time

Accredited body
George Abbot SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This programme will equip trainees to teach subjects across the primary curriculum to students aged from 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11.

This is a school based training programme, spending 4 days a week in school completing ‘on the job’ training. One day a week will be classroom based where more in depth studies can be made into pedagogy and covering a variety of topics including behaviour management, lesson planning, assessment for learning etc.

Trainees can opt for the QTS only programme.

George Abbot SCITT has 100% employment records for trainees following the end of the programme.

Interview process

We operate a one-day interview process comprising of:

  • face to face interview
  • teaching activity with a small group of students
  • written paper designed to test your knowledge of numeracy and literacy

More information on what we are looking for from candidates can be found here.

How school placements work

Successful candidates will be placed in a main placement school for two and a half terms. All trainees have a mentor, usually the class teacher, for support. The focus will be on teaching students from age 3 to 7 or from 5 to 11, depending on which route the candidate and placement school agree upon.

Many applicants come to us supported by their current employing school, where they may be employed as a Teaching Assistant etc. However for many other candidates, we are able to find a suitable placement school.
When selecting a main placement school, we take the following into consideration:

  • which of our partner schools would like a trainee
  • the ability of our partner schools to support a trainee based on the trainee’s strengths and weaknesses
  • distance between the trainee’s home and the placement school
  • any links that trainees may have with schools

The placement school selection is usually done in conjunction with the trainee and is not confirmed until a visit has taken place by the potential trainee to the suggested school.

A second, minor placement will take place in the first half of the Spring term in a contrasting key stage to that of the main placement school. Again, all trainees have a mentor for assistance.

Trainees are expected to be in their placement school before the school day begins and to stay for some time after school to attend necessary meetings etc.

On Thursdays all trainees will come together for Professional Studies sessions - these mainly take place at George Abbot School but could take place in any of our partner schools.

All candidates will also spend one week in an SEN setting as well as occasional days in other settings, with advance notice given.

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The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,300
EU students £8,300

The fee is £8300 for those following the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only programme.

For information about tuition fees loans, click here

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



UK honours degree with a 2:2 classification or higher (or a recognised equivalent qualification).

All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Applicants for the General Primary with Maths programme must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade B at A Level.

Personal qualities

We are looking for the following personal qualities (this list is not exhaustive!):

  • A commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching, learning and your subject;
  • Relevant knowledge of UK education system, the National Curriculum and an awareness of current educational issues;
  • Commitment to professional development;
  • Organisational and communication skills;
  • The ability to establish effective professional relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Fundamental numeracy and literacy skills
  • Tenacity and resilience;
  • Readiness for hard work.

Other requirements

Salaried applicants must have the skills and experience to plan and deliver lessons on their own from the start of the programme.

All offers made will be subject to:

  • the candidate demonstrating they possess fundamental English and Maths skills
  • receipt of a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • two satisfactory references to include the candidate’s current or most recent employer (if applicable)

For all candidates: please note we require sight of original GCSE, A level and degree certificates at interview. For those who have studied overseas we also require sight of any original NARIC documentation.

Contact details

1st floor, C/O West Hill School, Kingston Road
KT22 7PW


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