Teacher Training

There are many reasons why people choose to train and become a teacher, however, bringing your knowledge, skills and experience to teaching can make a real difference to the lives of children and their families and especially to those that have special educational needs and disabilities.

Training to teach will be demanding and will continually ask you to reflect on how you develop your practice and vocation. In return, the reward for enabling children will surpass any tangible benefits.

Currently, there is national drive to recruit more teachers. Please see Get into Teaching and the UCAS Teacher Training websites for more information including the different routes to train to teach.

Our Special School Teaching School provides a school-led training route for graduates. More details about our programme are listed here on our website and on the UCAS Teacher Training website. Please search for Southampton Inclusion Partnership.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information and/or clarification.

School Direct

In September 2018-19, our partnership is offering a School Direct (fee-based) Initial Teacher Training programme for graduates wanting to train to teach children of primary age with a focus on special educational needs and disabilities. This is a full-time, year-long programme accredited by The University of Winchester.

Trainee Outcomes

Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status, either a Postgraduate or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and credits towards a Master's degree (dependent on the number of credits achieved at Level 7).

Here is the national criteria for different levels of study.

Programme Overview

As a trainee, you will follow a programme that includes classroom teaching, lesson observation, training within host school(s), partnership based training days and time spent at university.

The minimum number of days for a primary graduate (non-employment based programme) for training “in school” is 120 days (24 weeks). This must include “assessed experience of teaching children or young people… in at least two schools.” (NCTL June 2015). The rest of your time will be university-based training days.

The minimum requirement for teachers’ practice and conduct, including that for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), is set down in National Teacher Standards.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs At least a GCSE Grade C (or a grade 4 from summer 2017 onwards) in English Language, Maths and a Science subject.
Degree Essential - Our minimum entry requirement for a first (bachelor’s) degree is a lower second (2:2).
Desirable - An upper second (2:1) or (1:1).
Professional Skills Test Please ensure that you have passed professional skills tests before starting the course.
Experience 1) A minimum of two weeks spent in a school environment developing a basic understanding of teaching and learning either paid or voluntarily.
2) Some experience supporting/working with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) either paid or voluntarily.
References You will be asked to provide two references via your UCAS application. Please ensure that you gain permission from your referees before you apply.

Professional Skills Test

The professional skills tests for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. All prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Tests have a shelf life of three years. If you have already taken the tests, please check that they are still current before you apply. More details can be found at STA.

What we are looking for in a trainee

  • A strong and genuine commitment to teaching.
  • An understanding of the challenges you might face during your training.
  • An ability to reflect on, and learn from your own practice.
  • An ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships.
  • Emotional resilience, a sense of humour and energy to deal with competing demands.
  • An ability to communicate clearly, effectively and succinctly.
  • An awareness of current issues in education.
  • A commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  • An understanding of different types of Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  • An understanding of the role of research in education.

Applying for our programme

To apply for our course you will need to submit an online application via UCAS. The window for applications to start training in September 2018 will be open from 26th October 2017. Our training Provider Code is 26W and our Programme Code is 2QD2. The accrediting provider for this programme is the University of Winchester.