Our specialist Primary with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) programme is for trainee teachers with an interest in special education and SEND pupils. Working in inclusive classrooms alongside expert teachers, you will develop depth of knowledge to support all learners and enhanced knowledge to promote learning for SEND pupils.
You will be based in two different primary schools across the year, with your second placement being situated in a special school, immersed in school life and take an active role in the school team.
As a Primary SEND trainee with us, you will:
- have a mentor and/or class teacher who is an SEND specialist
- be part of the First Federation Trust SEND network group
- Work with a SEND Federation Leader of Education (FLE) through the year (minimum one per term)
- be able to access all additional SEND training
- have your ‘enrichment week' shadowing a SEND specialist
- carry out at your spring term placement in a Special school.
During your training amount of direct contact with your class is:
- Term one: 50% contact/50% non-contact
- Term two: 60% contact/40% non-contact
- Term three: 70% contact/30% non-contact
As your teaching commitment increases, so your university set assignments decrease.
As a Primary SEND trainee, you will also be required to train in the whole primary curriculum during your school placements; we provide 12 subject knowledge days delivered by talented FLEs and teachers who have expertise in a range of curriculum areas. We also offer five afternoon workshops in the final term, delivering information on curriculum areas and educational issues of your choice so that you can ‘lead your training’.
We organise six ‘teach meets’ during the year when you are able to meet your fellow trainees to discuss and share teaching strategies and methodology that has been observed in the classroom.
Our expertise covers many specialisms of education: childhood development, early years, maths, literacy and wellbeing.
As well as working with outstanding teachers you will also be able to participate in CPD offered to permanent teaching staff.