D952 (SCITT)

Course Length
1 Year

Start Date
September 2022

This is a one-year, full-time course, specialising in teaching across the 5-11 age range with a focus on teaching in specialist provision for children with complex learning needs with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon successful completion.

You will develop your skills and knowledge of the Primary National Curriculum and statutory requirements for working with children with Special Educational Needs with the help of an expert class mentor over the 37 weeks, enhancing your skills and expertise across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in mainstream and specialist schools. Additionally, you will undertake Postgraduate Certificate in Education with our partners at Cumbria University, via their online learning modules.



Trainees attend regular training seminars which are delivered by experts in their field. They also undertake considerable personal research with specific reference to their particular professional training placement.

Each trainee has a personalised Individual Training Plan which reflects their individual strengths and areas for development and we personalise our training to suit these needs.


Trainees complete two significant training placements in mainstream and SEN/D provision.

  • September to February in a mainstream school  training placement
  • March to July in a specialist school placement

Trainees benefit from enhancement placements in diverse schools e.g. small rural schools or those in Harrow, London, where they gain teaching experience in classrooms with a high percentage of children with EAL (English as an Additional Language).


Trainees are assessed in an ongoing formative manner in a number of ways including:

  • Regular formative Teaching and Learning Reviews;
  • Milestone Progress Reviews at the conclusion of each training placement;
  • Submission of documentary evidence of meeting each Teachers’ Standard across two different age phases;
  • Successful completion of compulsary Safeguarding and Mental Health Awareness modules.

Programme Tutors

Dawn Davies
Programme Lead & Link Tutor

Fiona Grieveson
SEND Specialist Tutor

Vicky Byrne
NQT Lead & Link Tutor

Anita France
Link Tutor

Laura Hickson
Link Tutor

Suzanne Payne
Link Tutor

Nina McLoughlin
Link Tutor

Mike Thompson

Lynsey Norris

Rachael Webb

Steven Kenyon