Shanidar - West Yorkshire
Primary (Special Educational Needs) (39KY)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Exceed SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This unique programme maximises your time in school and classrooms. Even the PGCE is drawn directly from your work in school and is not a separate taught course. Our programme design is innovative, with 4 potential pathways for you to choose from:

  • Autism (communication and interaction)
  • Generic SEND (cognition and learning)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and
  • Sensory (VisuaI impairment / Hearing Impairment).

We aim to match you with a home school in our partnership that matches your particular interest in SEND and/or suits your geographical location where this is possible. We have 14 schools across Bradford, Keighley, Leeds and Skipton. If you choose the Generic SEND route, we can place you in one of our 6 special schools as your home school.

You will start the course with a 4-week introduction at your home school. This is followed by a 7-week assessed placement for either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 in a mainstream primary school. Then you are back in your home school for December.

In Stage 2, you will have another 7-week assessed placement in a different mainstream primary school, This will be a different key stage than your first assessed placement and takes place in January - February.

Throughout Stages 1 and 2, you will have regular training courses in all aspects of teaching the national primary curriculum on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will also enhance this training with additional content on areas of special education needs. This will cover a wide range of topics including positive behaviour management, inclusion, communication and interaction, attachment disorder, cognition and learning, and whole school communication strategies.

From March onwards, you will be back on your home school for Stage 3 and by this time it will be 5 days a week. Your final 13-week assessment will be in your home school.

Interview process

You will be interviewed at one of our partnership mainstream primary schools in either Bradford or Keighley. There will be two people on the interview panel, including a member of the senior leadership team from the school.

There will be three parts to the assessment:

  • a short 30 minute interview
  • a 15 minute teaching observation
  • some written tasks

We will let you know the same day if you have been successful.

How school placements work

We will match you with schools that reflect your particular interest in special needs education and also best suit your geographical location. All of our mainstream primary schools have an additional Designated Specialist Provision in either autism, social emotional and mental health (SEMH), visual impairment (VI) or hearing impairment (HI). This enables you to train in a mainstream primary but also understand how to teach in highly inclusive and diverse environment.

For candidates selecting our SEMH route, we can offer either the Bradford Central PRU as a home school, or a mainstream primary school with a DSP for SEMH. These are Cottingley Village Primary or Long Lee Primary.

If you select our Generic SEND route, you will attend a special school in either Leeds, Bradford, Bingley or Skipton as your home school. We will combine this with two shorter 7-week assessed placements in our mainstream primary schools so that you get the valuable experience of teaching all key stages in a mainstream setting.

For applicants with an interest in sensory impairment education, we can offer Swain House Primary, Girlington Primary and Grove House Primary.

Whichever route you decide, our unique and innovate course design ensures that you will be qualified to teach in either a mainstream primary or a special school. You are treated like you're a member of the school staff, someone who the school is often looking to employ at the end of the year.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Hons degree 2:2 or above

GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with a passion for inclusive education.

About the training provider

Thank you for considering Shanidar – West Yorkshire, in Bradford, Keighley, Leeds and Skipton as your provider of School Direct, ITT.

We aim to recruit a cohort of 15-20 trainees on a Primary (5-11) programme with an additional specialism in SEN. This course is suitable for those wanting to work in either a mainstream primary or a special school. Our ethos is to champion inclusive education for all pupils and challenge discrimination. If you have a passion for inclusive education and you're wanting to train to be a teacher to make a difference to children's life chances, there is no better place to train than in our diverse partner schools.

You'll be awarded QTS by Exceed SCITT and a PGCE by Leeds Trinity University.

Our programme has 4 pathways for you to choose from: Autism (communication and interaction); Generic SEND (cognition and learning); Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Sensory (VI / HI). We aim to match you with a home school that reflects your interest in SEND and/or geographical location.

Our partnership of 14 schools have a passion and commitment to providing excellent inclusive education.

  • Brooklands Special School
  • Bradford Central PRU
  • Cottingley Village Primary
  • Crossley Hall Primary
  • Delius Special School
  • Farnley Park Special School
  • Girlington Primary
  • Grove House Primary
  • Haworth Primary
  • Hazelbeck Special School
  • Ingrow Primary
  • Long Lee Primary
  • Southfield Special School
  • Swain House Primary School

About the accredited body

Exceed SCITT is part of Exceed Academies Trust in Bradford and is an accredited provider of Qualified Teacher Status working with School Direct partners in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds. Our unique programme maximises the time spent in school and access to tutors with up to date professional practice and expertise drawn from their work in schools.

We have an excellent record of supporting trainees in completing the programme for QTS and gaining employment as a newly qualified teacher; 100% are teachers in school (Sept 2018). We also have a well-established training programme for your NQT year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a partnership of schools committed to inclusive education and challenging discrimination, we welcome applications from trainees with disabilities.

Exceed SCITT places trainee welfare at the heart of its vision and values.

“Putting the pupil at the heart of teacher training and Exceed Teachers at the core of our care.”

You will have regular progress meetings that include trainee wellbeing and support to ensure you can access all aspects of the training programme. For example, additional time for tasks, contact with expert tutors on the programme who can provide guidance and strategies for any individual needs.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education is an academic award with 60 Masters Level credits and is awarded by Leeds Trinity University. As a student of the University you are able to access the support services offered by the institution.

Contact details

01274 779662
Southfield School
Haycliffe Lane
West Yorkshire


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