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North West SHARES SCITT Primary (SEND) (D952)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
October 2020


About the course

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
  • Assessment
  • 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.

School placements

Originally established in Skelmersdale, our ITT partnership now extends to Southport, Formby, Liverpool, Ormskirk, Wigan, West Lancashire and Preston, meaning placements can suit your needs!

We also provide unique enhancement training opportunities including:

  • Teaching children with English as an Additional Language
  • Teaching children in KS3
  • Teaching children birth to 3
  • Teaching children in out of school, residential events.

Your placements will be intentionally diverse, they will challenge your thinking about teaching and learning, however, will enable you to learn from experts in their field, in their classroom for a sustained period of time. The critical learning for all of our trainees is to understand that your progress can be directly linked to the progress of the children in their class. If the children are making progress… then you are too!

An at the glance summary of our training placements:

  • Qu. Length of time in each placement? Ans. 17 weeks in each placement.

  • Qu. How is placement selected? Ans. Based on your training needs, we carefully match you, your school and mentor – trust us!

  • Qu. How far will I be required to travel? Ans. All of our trainees are placed within our alliance of schools, reducing the burden of travel to you.

  • Qu. What will my working hours be? Ans. Training Day 9-4.30. School Day while schools differ, most schools expect as a minimum 8.00-4.30. You will attend staff meetings and support out of school club provision.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main site
SCITT Office and Training Suite, Skelmersdale , WN8 6AB
Woodland Community Primary School
Heathgate, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6QH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSE – Standard equivalent to grade 4 (C) English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. Alternatively, an Equivalency from a recognised HEI for entry to ITT.

Note – Key and Functional skills at Level 2 are not equivalent to GCSEs

Degree – A first degree from a UK Higher Education institution. The first degree can be classification of first, 2:1, 2:2 or a degree comprising of 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with a genuine interest in teaching children with SEN/D.

You may have experience with children from a range of sources e.g. work, volunteer, placement, governor in school or summer clubs, sports, cubs etc. It is not how many days you have spent with children that matters, it is what you understand about being a teacher that is of interest to us.

If you have determination, resilience, creativity and a passion for teaching, you possess the personal qualities that make superb teachers and leaders of the future. Show this at your interview!

Other requirements

Following successful interview, we will carry out a number of checks to confirm your suitability to teach and potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the training programme.

Checks will include:

-Health and capacity to teach medical confirmation -Disclosure and Barring Service checks -Police clearance from abroad if lived/worked abroad in the last 5 years for 6 months or more -Prohibited Teachers Check (UK) -Prohibited to teach in EEA.

Additionally all trainee teachers will be required to develop and demonstrate fundamentals and Mathematics and Literacy proficiency prior to and during the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

North West SCITT is a leading provider of school-based Initial Teacher Training, with a 100% employment rate over the last 3 years. Over the course of one intense year we nurture and challenge trainees to develop the skills to become highly effective teachers, ready to take up a teaching post in Foundation Stage, KS1, KS2 or SEN provision.

Our training programme is entirely school based and our trainee teachers spend 37 weeks in school, learning ‘on the job’, working alongside experienced teachers who mentor them through their training period.

What is unique about North West SCITT:

  • You are treated as a ‘future colleague’ and will be trained through a bespoke Individual Training Plan;
  • On completing the programme, you will continue to receive support through our NQT Package during your first year as a teacher;
  • With our eye on ‘future talent’ – our Leadership Ladder will equip you to take on further responsibility and move into school leadership.

What Ofsted (2015) says, “Exceptional leadership and management, everyone shares the same ambitious vision, all are absolutely dedicated to developing inspirational teachers and future leaders for local schools.”

What our students say, “My SCITT training experience has been like nothing I have experienced before. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year with the SCITT family. From start to finish I have been fully supported and given the opportunity to shine whilst recognising my development needs – I cannot wait to continue to grow with NW SCITT on their leadership ladder”.

Interview process

We intend to recruit the highest calibre of candidates and our interview process is designed to ensure that we establish your suitability and readiness to teach.

We are looking for candidates who are well-organised, well prepared and are already knowledgeable about statutory educational provision and who can demonstrate a commitment to successfully completing our School Based Initial Teacher Training Programme. Our vision is to train and recruit our ‘future colleagues and future leaders!’.

Candidates who are selected for interview, will be welcomed into one of our partner schools and will during the course of the day complete the following tasks:

  • Present your portfolio, ‘How have you prepared for training to become a teacher?’;
  • Plan and deliver a short lesson with an allocated class;
  • Complete a subject knowledge task based on the Primary National Curriculum;
  • Engage in an individual interview to share your current experiences and aspirations for yourself as a future teacher.

Successful candidates are provided with post interview targets and are supported to meet these targets prior to commencing the programme so that you can ‘hit the ground running’.

Training with disabilities and other needs

It is our aim to make our provision accessible to all applicants and trainee teachers. We comply with equality legislation and promote equality of opportunity and aim to avoid discrimination. Applicants with a disability are advised to inform us of any special arrangements they may need prior to the interview date in order that we can make suitable arrangements.

Due to our individualised approached to ITT, trainees with a range of disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia) have successfully completed our programme. All schools within our ITT partnership are fully committed to inclusive education for their children and will make reasonable adjustments to enable trainees with disabilities or SpLD to succeed during their training.

Contact this training provider

01695 557488
Woodland Primary Teaching School
Heathgate, Skelmersdale

Support and advice

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