We offer a rigorous and innovative, initial teacher training programme for trainees who wish to specialise in teaching children with complex learning needs and/or disabilities in the primary age phase 5-11.
You will gain significant and sustained experience in both mainstream and special schools, providing you will skills and expertise to teach in either sector at the conclusion of our programme. You will be trained by an experienced leader of special education and will gain a deep insight into the range of needs of children, statutory frameworks as well as considering how schools offer support to parents and carers. A unique experience for you as a trainee teacher.
The programme runs for a minimum of 37 weeks; you will spend four days per week in school and one day per week attending training seminars.
Your training seminars will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of national statutory frameworks including:
- Primary National Curriculum
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- SEND Code of Practice.
Additionally, you will benefit from training linked to; theories of teaching and learning, mental health, outdoor learning, working with children with EAL, parents, Ofsted etc.
Our training ensures that you will have the most up to date knowledge, based on the most recent and relevant research which underpins all of our training, ensuring that you are able to integrate current theory into your classroom on a daily basis.
Your training placements will be organised to suit your training needs,they will take place across 2 contrasting schools in KS2 and KS1, which will immerse you in teaching in both the mainstream and special school sector. Quite simply, you will stand out from the crowd and be highly employable.
These training placements will enable you to develop strong skills and competencies against the Teachers’ Standards at 2 key stages, resulting in you being in high demand as you seek your first teaching post.
Our training programme does not assess what you ‘write about teaching’, we believe you should be assessed, doing what you do best…… teaching children in the classroom! Your progress will be monitored through:
- Regular assessments of your teaching and learning
- Regular reviews of how you meet the Teachers’ Standards
- Summative assessments at the conclusion of each placement.
Trainees selecting this route will also complete a 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with our partner Cumbria University.