About the course
Our trainees are school based Monday to Thursday and supported by the class teacher, their teacher tutor for the placement. After an induction period in September, trainees begin by co-teaching with the class teacher and with support slowly begin to take on more teaching and planning. The balance of teaching and learning is carefully managed throughout the year and increases with each placement and trainee confidence.
Every Friday is spent training either at the University of Winchester or within a SIP school. The training days cover the knowledge and skills you need to become a teacher and support your school based days.
The University provides training on English, maths, science, personalising learning and professional theory and practice. There are three university based assignments spread out over the year linking to the different modules. The University provides an assignment tutor and assignment guidance. SIP allocates trainees study days to aid with workload at specific points in the year.
SIP provides training days based in our partner schools or local mainstream schools. These days complement the university based training but also delve deeper into the theories and practicalities of teaching pupils with SEND. Our training days are led by experienced teaching staff, multi-professionals, senior leaders and specialist leaders of education from both special and mainstream settings.
Training is adapted yearly based on current educational reforms and feedback from course leads and trainees. Successful completion of the course results in trainees who are well equipped to teach SEND but also mainstream pupils.
Our interviews include representatives from our partner schools and The University of Winchester. The interview process has been carefully adapted to ensure you get the very best from the experience. We talk to you about our partnership and have lots of opportunities for you to get to know us better.
Our interview process includes:
- a short classroom observation
- an interview
- a brief written task
- and where applicable a group task
We encourage candidates to attend our recruitment events which include a tour of one of our special schools and a chance to speak to staff from the school as well as past trainees. SIP also arrange volunteer days to give candidates the opportunity to spend time in schools of their choice. This experience is valuable as SEND is wide ranging so all our special schools are very different.
How school placements work
There are three school placements over the year plus an enhanced placement. Two placements are within special needs schools and one placement is within a mainstream school. Placements take place Monday to Thursday during the school terms, Fridays are training days. During the placements, trainees will teach across the primary age-range Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. We work closely with our trainees to choose the appropriate placements.
The Enhanced Placement takes place during the month of June at the end of the programme. Trainees get the wonderful opportunity to spend a short time in up to four very different schools. These range from nurseries, secondary special schools to a hospital school. Trainees are not expected to teach during this placement, the aim is to expand their knowledge of other educational settings.
The two longer placements are within our special needs schools. We believe it is important for our trainees to experience two different schools as the nature of SEND is so wide ranging, we wish to fully prepare our trainees for their future career. For our trainees who wish to experience a further mainstream placement, we can offer mainstream experiences during their enhanced placement.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status, either a Postgraduate or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and credits towards a Master's degree, dependent on the number of credits achieved at Level 7.
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To apply for this course you will need:
- At least a GCSE Grade C or a grade 4 in English language, maths and a science subject.
- Our minimum entry requirement for a first (bachelor’s) degree is a lower second (2:2).
- A strong and genuine commitment to teaching
- A commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND
- An understanding of different types of SEND
- An understanding of the challenges you might face during your training
- An ability to reflect on, and learn from your own practice
- An ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships.
- Emotional resilience, a sense of humour and energy to deal with competing demands.
- An ability to communicate clearly, effectively and succinctly.
- An awareness of current issues in education and the role research plays
Any offers made are subject to successful completion of:
- a criminal record check DBS
- occupational health clearance
- maths and English DfE skills tests
About the training provider
The Southampton Inclusion Partnership’s (SIP) aim is to empower the learning and lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our School Direct programme equips trainees with the knowledge and skills to become outstanding teachers of children with a range of special education needs in both special and mainstream schools. We are proud of our 100% success rate with all our trainees achieving QTS with a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education specialising in SEND resulting in full time employment.
One of our biggest assets includes the range of schools and professionals working in partnership with SIP. Host schools enable trainees to experience the complete spectrum of special educational needs ranging from those specialising in complex learning differences, social, emotional and mental health to profound and multiple learning differences. Special schools comprise of 8 local special schools and a pupil referral unit with a combined age range of 2 to 19. Local mainstream schools also serve as host schools and contribute an essential facet in making our trainees’ teaching wholly inclusive and well rounded.
About the accredited body
Shortlisted for University of the Year in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2017, our accredited training provider is the University of Winchester. Winchester is consistently recognised by Ofsted as a provider of outstanding Initial Teacher Training in England
Working in partnership, Winchester and SIP provide high quality training ensuring trainees are fully equipped to teach in both primary mainstream and special schools. Experienced teachers, SENCos, specialist leaders of education, headteachers and other professionals including speech and language specialists contribute to our programme ensuring training is current and delivered with passion and expertise.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our course is supportive of all candidates with disabilities and additional needs, including specific learning difficulties, physical and learning needs, visual and hearing impairment and mental health conditions. As a specialist Teaching School candidates have access to a range of specialists who can provide advice e.g. dyslexia.
At the beginning of their programme all candidates have one to one meetings with the School Direct Lead (SDL) where they have the opportunity to share any concerns if they so wish. The SDL may signpost them to a member of the school team e.g. the Welfare Lead who may carry out a Risk Assessment or support them in writing a Health Care Plan. As candidates are based at different sites throughout the year, they are encouraged to share any information with host schools that may support their placement. Candidates receive ongoing support from the SDL, Teacher Tutors and Professional Mentors throughout the year where they can discuss reasonable adjustments that may need to be made. We will continue to support the candidates with their health needs throughout their training. As part of their course, candidates receive training on resilience and well-being and access to ongoing coaching to enable them to manage their workloads. In addition, all School Direct candidates can access the range of support available via Winchester University.
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