About the course
Our School Direct Partnership has a unique selling point; we provide a comprehensive training in inclusive education. In our partnership with the University of Southampton we have two primary special schools for pupils with social emotional and mental health needs; two primary schools with resourced provisions for pupils with SEMH needs and two more mainstream primary schools. Across the partnership we can offer experience and skills in a range of inclusive practices, which meet the needs of pupils. We offer a comprehensive training with children with special educational needs and disabilities; medical conditions; English as an additional or other language; pupils who have a gypsy and traveller heritage; across mainstream and special settings. We also promote mental health and wellbeing within our communities. So a real incentive for us as a Partnership is to ensure that we ‘walk the talk’ by promoting procedures and practices which support all our learners, however big or small.
Trainees will undertake the PGCE course at the University of Southampton, with access to the teaching and resources within the School of Education. This will enable them to meet with other trainees from other School Direct and University led courses.
Candidates who are invited to interview can expect to spend a morning in at least one of our schools, with a series of tasks, presentations and face to face conversations with teachers, university staff and children. Candidates will need to bring originals of their certificates and will be asked to complete a short test in maths, writing and spelling to help us consider if any further support may be needed if a trainee place is offered. Candidates may also be offered the opportunity to visit other partner schools or to spend a short time in one of our resourced provisions for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.
How school placements work
All our mainstream schools are within 15 miles of the University of Southampton and the special schools are located in Andover and Waterlooville. Trainees can share transport, but we try to locate placement schools by taking distance to home into account.
For two, thirteen week placements, trainees will be in Partnership schools, with a placement in both KS1 and KS2. Trainees will attend the University for short blocks of up to two weeks and on Fridays during the first half of the academic year. Child First trainees also meet together weekly to undertake a programme of visits and study related to inclusion.
We also offer up to two weeks within one of Hampshire’s SEMH special schools during the Spring term. Trainees tell us this is a highlight of the course.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
We welcome applicants with first class and 2:1 awards. Trainees must hold a minimum of a 2:2 degree, awarded by a British University (or equivalent as confirmed by NARIC). We accept a wide range of degree subjects, but expect you to demonstrate the relevance of your degree to primary teaching.
You must have GCSE passes or equivalent at Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. Successful applicants will be asked to provide the original certificates for these examinations. The University of Southampton can offer equivalency tests, but these are not transferable to other ITT providers.
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate their own love of learning and a passion for teaching. We want to train curious, reflective professionals who are committed to offsetting disadvantage and making a difference to all children’s learning.
Before starting on a PGCE programme you will be required to provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to confirm that there are no criminal offences on your record which should bar you from teaching. Please visit
https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview for more information.
Children have the right to be safe from harm and everyone within the Child First Partnership prioritises the safeguarding of children. Trainee teachers will need to comply with the safeguarding requirements of Hampshire’s Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB), the child protection policies of the individual schools and with the University of Southampton’s safeguarding policy.
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