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 provider
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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