About the training provider
PRIMARY MAINSTREAM WITH SEN
For a special child, you need a special person. If you are interested in the challenge of teaching SEN pupils, we offer you the chance of learning to teach in a special school. Pupils have complex needs, autism, visual impairment or global delay and are from 5-11 years. Placements are in both Mainstream and SEN schools.
We have a salaried School Direct route or an Apprenticeship pathway leading to Qualified Teacher Status validated by the University of East London. A PGCE add on is also available. The Trainee is based in one of the special schools within our Alliance in Waltham Forest, Havering, Haringey or Hillingdon. An experienced member of staff with current or recent classroom experience will encourage you to reflect on your practice and work with you to develop your progress. We actively encourage further study at Postgraduate and Masters Levels (Autism or Complex Needs).
The non-salaried tuition fee route is based at the university and includes a minimum of four placements in contrasting schools, both Mainstream and SEN. Trainees attend lectures, tutorials and seminars throughout the year when they are not on placement. After achieving QTS, many Trainees go on to work in one of their placement schools in their NQT year.
SECONDARY MAINSTREAM: various subjects
We have places for the sciences, maths, history and English based in a Mainstream secondary in Highams Park and a SEN school in Hillingdon. Personal support is provided towards achieving QTS. A PGCE add on is available.
About the accredited body
We have been in partnership with UEL since 2013.
High levels of support - Personalised professional support for every trainee, “ensuring that they develop good practice as a result” (Ofsted, 2012)
•Continuing support through your NQT year and beyond – Once you’re qualified, we’ll keep in touch, invite you to sessions to develop your practice, and provide support to move you forward in your career.
••Diverse learning - You’ll be become part of a richly diverse group of trainee teachers, with “an unwavering commitment to raising standards and aspirations in the communities in which they work” (Ofsted, 2012)
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Whitefield Teaching Alliance consists of a group of special needs schools, as well as Mainstream, so we have complete understanding of any extra educational and non-educational issues that may affect your training and working.
We provide two personal mentors for each trainee, one from the school and one from the university. In addition, the Research and Development Centre provides further personal support where necessary.
We currently have Teacher Trainees with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia whom we are supporting. We put extra support in where necessary. All schools have programmes to ensure well-being and good mental health.
In addition to this, the University of East London has a large student support department. Their Disability and Dyslexia Service provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia.
The University states, “If you have a disability, long-term medical condition or a specific learning difficulty, we can help to identify and address any barriers to your education so that you can access your course and reach your potential.”
The progress and inclusion of all trainees is very important to us. We provide equal opportunity for all.
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Highams Park Secondary school
Handsworth Avenue, Highams Park, London E4 9PJ
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