About the course
The programme qualifies you to teach in all SEND settings and phases as well as mainstream primary schools.
It will comprise 120 days in schools made up of a special school placement and a mainstream primary placement. It also includes a non-assessed additional voluntary placement at home or abroad and further immersion days in settings to broaden your SEND experience.
There are also 65 days of training that are typically based at the Walsall Campus of Wolverhampton University where you will join other student teachers with 5 days of specialised training in SEND pedagogy.
The Application and Interview Process
Apply for a place on the Schools Direct Course for September 2020 via the Teacher Training tab on ucas.com We will contact you and you may be called to meet us for a half day that will include an interview, a short observation and an audit of your English and mathematics skills.
Only the interview and observation are used to assess your readiness to join the programme.
Wolverhampton University offers support in preparing for your English and Maths Skill Tests
How school placements work
There will be one 10 week mainstream placement from October to December which is split into a Key Stage 1 and then a Key Stage 2 placement, each for 5 weeks and ideally within the same school. During this, teaching time is built up to teaching 50% of the time.
The second placement will be 12 weeks in a special school and will be in either Key Stage 1 or 2. Teaching time should be up to 80% by the end of that placement which runs from April to June.
There are additional non-assessed placements of one week in each in Nursery and Secondary schools and two weeks ‘enhancement’ placement which can be abroad with the University or in another different setting in the UK.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
A degree, normally 2:2 or above, GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English, Mathematics and usually a Science
By the end of the application process you must also pass Literacy and Numeracy skills tests.
About the training provider
Our programme is for those who are passionate about wanting to work in Special Education.
Through our strong alliance of good and outstanding special schools that educate pupils in a unique range of types of SEND and our mainstream partner schools we can offer you a rich and varied training experience.
We are happy for you to contact us prior to applying for advice or for us to arrange school experience.
We recognise that a 1 year PGCE is a demanding experience and previous trainees have praised our accessible and personal pastoral support.
We have a very high rate of trainees completing and passing our PGCE course. All of those who have completed our course in the last 5 years have succeeded in finding teaching jobs.
Our Teaching School Alliance offers further training courses for NQTs, on various aspects of SEND pedagogy and on leadership development. As a result nearly all of those who have trained with us are still teaching.
About the accredited body
We have a close partnership and regularly review our training programme using feedback from trainees and schools.
Our programme combines the best of mainstream and SEND pedagogy and personalised tutorial support that is always available to you.
From 2020 trainees will begin with a mainstream placement to give them a framework of child development. There will also be the opportunity to visit a Nursery and Secondary setting. They will then gain experience in SEND settings before selecting a final placement in the type that they prefer.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a provider that specialises in SEND we are committed to supporting trainees who have disabilities or other needs because we believe that this gives you an insight into the needs of our pupils.
Our schools and the university all have accessibility plans and we will work closely with you to consider any reasonable adjustments that we can make to your training and school placements to enable you to succeed.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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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.
Brays Road, Sheldon, Birmingham B26 1NS
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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