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Initial Teacher Training

Teacher Training (Non-salaried Route)

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Why train with us?

The Merseyside Special School Alliance offers a unique programme for trainees who wish to become high achieving future teachers. We will train you not only to become excellent primary teachers, working closely with Liverpool Hope University and partner primary schools but we will also provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of a range of Special Educational Needs across our alliance of Special schools.Every teacher needs to be a teacher of special educational needs. Good teaching for SEND is good teaching for all children and this programme will give you a sound foundation to become a successful teacher across a range of settings. We will draw on our range of SEND expertise and provide you with an enhanced primary programme which will prepare you to teach in mainstream schools, units or Special schools. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and will be able to provide high levels of support and challenge for the right applicants. We can provide an environment in which trainee teachers feel valued and supported, just like our staff and pupils. We will deliver a personalised and bespoke course, based on the individual needs of our trainees. We will provide well-planned experiences in specialist settings which will give our trainees significant opportunities to observe specialists in action and to learn about the needs of a range of learners.


About the Training Programme

The programme is highly personalised for trainees from their first contact with us, to taking up their first job as an Early Careers Teacher. You will be based in an Alliance home school from September where you will be trained and mentored by outstanding, specialist teachers. Regular central training sessions bring you together with other trainees to learn from each other, share your insights and develop your professional skills. You will also spend time in a main stream primary school as an away placement, ensuring you have opportunities to become proficient in your knowledge and understanding of the primary National curriculum. All trainees will be assigned a school-based mentor, as well as having the support of the School Direct Leader and a university tutor, to ensure that they receive the support to ensure successful completion of the course. The training will last for one academic year (September-July) and on successful completion you will awarded a PGCE (Primary with SEND - 5-11) and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. In addition the award includes 60 Credits towards a Masters awarded by Liverpool Hope University. You will have full access to the university's learning and research resources as part of the programme.


Entry Requirements - Minimum degree required: Lower Second

The minimum course requirement will be a 2:1 degree classification however a 2:2 degree classification will be considered if linked with recent and relevant experience either in an educational or SEN setting. Offers will be made subject to experience and successfull interview.


What We Are Looking For

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for pupils, dynamic motivated analytical and will be able to show evidence of experience of working with young people with SEN in any setting.


How We Select Our Trainees

Candidates whose initial applications meet our criteria will be asked to come and spend a morning in one of our schools, complete a reflective written piece on their experience, followed by an interview with a panel of educational practitioners.


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