Why choose us?
At the Southampton Inclusion Partnership (SIP), special educational needs and disabilities is our specialism.
Our aim as an Alliance is to empower the learning and lives of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and make a real difference to the lives of their families.
Our School Direct programme fully equips trainees with the knowledge and skills to become outstanding teachers of children with a range of SEND in both special and mainstream schools. We are proud of our excellent success rate with all our trainees achieving QTS with a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education specialising in SEND resulting in full time employment.
One of our biggest assets includes the range of schools and professionals working in partnership with SIP. Host schools enable trainees to experience the complete spectrum of special educational needs ranging from those specialising in complex learning differences, social, emotional and mental health to profound and multiple learning differences.
The SIP alliance is comprised of local special schools and a pupil referral unit with a combined age range of 2 to 19. Local mainstream schools also serve as host schools and contribute an essential facet in making our trainees’ teaching wholly inclusive and well rounded. Click Here to see the host schools we work with.
Our website should answer many of your questions about our programme but please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information and/or clarification.
Primary PGCE (with SEND) with QTS
Our Partnership is offering a School Direct (fee-based) Initial Teacher Training Programme for graduates wanting to train to teach children of primary age (5-11 years) with a focus on special educational needs and disabilities. This is a full-time, year-long programme accredited by The University of Winchester.
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.
Qualifications and Qualities
- At least a GCSE Grade C or a Grade 4 in English language, maths and a science subject.
- Our minimum entry requirement for a first (bachelor's) degree is a lower second (2:2).
- Experience working with children or young adults (this might not be in a school setting) is desirable but not essential.
- A strong and genuine commitment to teaching.
- A commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
- An understanding of different types of SEND.
- 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 and the role research plays.
To apply for this course you will need the following:
We are looking for future trainees with the following qualities:
The University of Winchester
Our accredited body
Shortlisted for University of the Year in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2017, our accredited training provider is the University of Winchester. Winchester is consistently recognised by Ofsted as a provider of outstanding Initial Teacher Training in England.
Working in partnership, Winchester and SIP provide high quality training ensuring trainees are fully equipped to teach in both primary mainstream and special schools. Experienced teachers, SENCos, specialist leaders of education, headteachers and other professionals including speech and language specialists contribute to our programme ensuring training is current and delivered with passion and expertise.
Click here to visit the university's website.
How to Apply
1. Search for teacher training course using the Department for Education's Find Tool
2. Search for Southampton Inclusion Partnership and access information about our course.
3. Submit an online application via: Apply
*Please note that Apply replaces UCAS.
Our training Provider Code is 26W and our Programme Code is 2QD2. The accrediting provider for this programme is the University of Winchester and the lead school is Springwell School.
For help and support with your application visit the Get into Teaching website.
Tuition Fees and Loans
Our course, like many, is non-salaried. The tuition cost of the year amounts to £9,250. You do not have to pay the cost of your tuition fees up front, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your course which is paid directly to The University of Winchester from Student Finance England. A Maintenance Loan is available to help with living costs.
For excellent practical information, a free phone number and to find out about financial support please visit The Get Into Teaching Website - Funding my training.
Click on the images below to read our about our previous SIP trainee’s experiences.