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Learn all the knowledge of PGCE General Primary with a specialism in SEND in order to enable all children to be successful from the very start of their school life. The PGCE General Primary (5-11 years) with QTS: Inclusion/SEND– prepares you to be an outstanding primary school teacher with additional skills that will allow you to become confident in creating an inclusive classroom, which enables children to overcome any barriers to learning. In addition to the benefits that this specialism brings to you as a classroom practitioner, following this specialism can also be a step towards a career that could lead to you becoming a SENCo or a specialist SEND teacher.
The specialism, which will focus on Inclusion/SEND, allows you to explore ways in which all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, can be included in classrooms and schools. You will learn through a combination of theory, an examination of current policy and practice, including the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25 2015, combined with plenty of practical experience and input from experts in the SEND field.
And, because our course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built-in, you can apply for a position as a primary school teacher the minute you graduate. Curious about Teaching and what happens in our course? Follow our Institute of Education on Social Media:
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Your Career with a PGCE Teaching Qualification
This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a primary SEND teacher. Nine out of 10 of our graduates go into a professional teaching career or further education within six months of graduating.
As this is a PGCE, it also includes some work at masters level, leading to 40 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.
“Life is good at the Lancaster campus, it’s small, and you’re always bumping into people from your course, including tutors, so you build good friendships, which makes it easy for a mature student like myself." Steafan Deery, PGCE Primary with PE Specialism Graduate.
“I really enjoyed the course. It was very manageable with the three block placements, putting into practice everything we’d learnt, and provided time to go to classes in between. Class sizes were perfect and friendly. Our group was very welcoming to one another." Emily Thompson, PGCE Primary Graduate.
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Why Choose University of Cumbria
You will work within schools and with pupils continually throughout your studies – on school-embedded learning and placements, not just on block releases.
We do this so that you can immediately put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into practice, graduating ready to step into a classroom to teach and inspire.
If you want a full university experience, you can choose to study for your PGCE at one of our campuses – Lancaster, Carlisle or London. But, if you’d rather complete your studies closer to home, you can opt for School Direct.
Whichever you choose, you will get more than 50% of your teacher training in a school and experience at least two contrasting school placements, so that you not only get essential experience but can try a particular type of educational setting before committing yourself long-term.
You could even start teaching by week three of the course.
Although, you won’t be dropped in at the deep end. You will start by working with individual groups of pupils in school and gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes to reach the required standard of professional practice.
- £1,000 cash payment and accommodation scholarship for UCLAN, Lancaster University, University of Salford and Queen Mary University of London graduates wanting to enrol on one of our campus-based teacher training programmes. More information here.
- Benefit from the Department for Education's primary teaching bursaries and scholarships.
- Our excellent partnerships with more than 2,000 schools in Lancashire, Cumbria London, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man enhance your placement and job prospects
- A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
- Our course falls in line with the Department for Education (DfE) guidelines, so you can expect to do a minimum of 120 days in schools required for QTS status
- Academic tutors have worked as teachers and within education and know what it is like to be a professional teacher, so their first-hand experience will support your learning
- Highly-rated by OFSTED as a provider of successful teachers
- Tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be up-to-date and fresh with the latest thinking, technologies and practices
- A personal tutor will support you closely throughout your studies and a mentor will guide you during your professional placement
- Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books, journals and materials you need for research
- Free use of teaching resources for use on placements to enhance the lessons you teach
Over the past 100 years, with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we have gained a great track record for inspiring teachers and helping them step into employment.
So, if you are passionate about education for all children, no matter what difficulties they face, and want to see children learn and grow to reach their potential, our course is the stepping stone to becoming a qualified teacher.
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