About the course
This School Direct course offers a good mixture of university led PGCE training and school led SEN focus sessions. The SEN focus sessions will take place at Palmerston School.
Participants will spend time in 3 schools, 2 SEN settings and 1 Primary mainstream setting.
School settings are across Merseyside.
Successful applicants will be interviewed at Palmerston School by the School Direct manager, and two Headteachers. Interviews take place over the course of a day and includes time spent supporting / observing students in class.
How school placements work
Participants will benefit from three separate school placements.
Home school placements will be in an SEN setting and will take place over two terms (generally Autumn and Summer).
Mainstream Primary placements will be over a half term (6 week period).
Alternative special placements will also be over a half term (6 week period).
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You should have or be expected to achieve an Undergraduate Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) .The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above, however strong applicants, with experience, with a 2:2 will be considered.
- GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
- Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at interview. Level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent . If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with us.
A keen interest in SEN provision within all types of settings both mainstream and special and a motivation to ensure all learners achieve a quality education that is suited to their needs.
An adaptable and flexible approach is highly recommended, alongside a willingness to work with learners with all types of SEN (may include but will not be limited to Severe Learning Difficulties / Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties / Autism Spectrum Conditions / Social Emotional and Mental Health conditions).
You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.
About the training provider
Palmerston School Direct has a proven track record of developing inspiring, child focussed, well prepared teachers through a combination of established, multidisciplinary, SEND specific training days and placements in a broad range of special and mainstream schools. There is 100% pass rate and excellent rates of employment, predominantly in Special Schools. Palmerston is an outstanding school and uses current research to inform and evolve initial teacher training.
Palmerston School Direct qualifies graduates to work in both mainstream and special schools.
JP – “School Direct teacher training route through Palmerston School offer training in Special Educational Needs that is of an exceptionally high standard. All training SEN training has been useful and beneficial for my professional development. As the group of trainee teachers is small, everyone gets to know each other really well, tutors and trainees included, and it is a very supportive environment to train in.
AW – “As an employer, I look for someone who has relevant experience, skills, and confidence of working with pupils with SEND. The School Direct trainees have all of this by the end of their training. I have observed the trainees in our school growing in confidence and ability and would not hesitate to employ a School Direct trainee again.”
About the accredited body
The Primary with SEN focus (5-11) course at Palmerston School Direct offered in collaboration with LJMU (at IM Marsh campus) is taught by experienced and friendly staff, beginning with a Summer School during the last week of August.
Our student teachers normally spend Mondays (and sometimes the occasional full week) at the University, Tuesdays undertaking SEN specific training with Palmerston and the other 3 days in school.
The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through 2 Modules. You will also complete one essay, in two parts which asks you to reflect on your practice.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Training takes place at Palmerston School, which is fully accessible.
We are fully committed to inclusion, supporting both students and pupils with a range of needs to be fully included is fundamental to our ethos.
We are experienced and flexible and have supported students with a range of needs to sucessfully complete the course and enter employment.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Minehead Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 6AU
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