Primary with SEND


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Course Code: V894

KITE will be leading the Primary with a specialism in SEND programme in partnership with the Special Partnership Trust and Plymouth Marjon University, 

This course is designed for those interested in teaching pupils between the ages of 5-11 years, with a specialism in SEND. This course is a School Direct distance route which means trainees spend a minimum of 120 days in school, learning on the job. As a Primary teacher, you can play an essential role in children’s development. You’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s well-being and creativity, opening young minds to new concepts through rich and practical learning experiences, expanding their natural curiosity, providing pupils with the building blocks to provide firm foundations for lifelong learning.

Individuals on this course will need to have high expectations for all, with an additional focus on those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and having a strong commitment to meeting the principles of the Statutory SEND Code of Practice is essential. Most importantly successful applicants will hold the values and attitudes required to contribute to an inclusive community where barriers to learning are removed. Successful applicants will need to be able to work with a range of people from parents and teachers to professionals from other services. 

Our Partners:

KITE works collaboratively with a number of mainstream primary schools and specialist SEND schools. Our specialist partner settings include special schools, ARBs and alternative provision academies, allowing individuals with the opportunity to experience a wide range of educational contexts.

Visit our Special Partnership Trust school websites:


Curnow School

Doubletrees School 

Pencalenick School

Organisation of the Programme:

There are three key areas of training and support which will come from the University, KITE and schools.


KITE is the first port of call for all trainees! The central Team, along with the wider team work hard to ensure that trainees are well supported and highly trained. Over the year, KITE provide trainees with approximately 28 days of face to face training at the Early Careers Development Centre, Newquay. The training is led by a range of experts which include heads, senior leaders, specialist leaders in education and independent consultants. The training aims to deepen trainees understanding of the curriculum (what we teach), pedagogy (how we teach), along with a range of other topical areas such as equality and diversity, mental health and well-being, managing teaching assistants and how to support our vulnerable pupils. The training offered aims to support, compliment and build upon the training and experiences provided by the University and schools. In addition to this trainees will undertake additional SEND training which will be led by our specialist SEND partner schools.

The central Team at KITE are also committed to ensuring that all trainees are cared for and supported throughout their time with us.


During their year, trainees will be working at Masters level which is led and managed by our colleagues at the Marjon. At the start of the year, each trainee is allocated a university tutor who will not only support them with their academic studies, but will also visit them in school on a termly basis. In addition to this, Marjon provide a range of training, which like ours aims to develop both curriculum and pedagogical knowledge.

School Led Training:

This is a School Direct Programme which means that trainees will spend at least 120 days in school. All trainees are placed with colleagues who are committed to supporting and training individuals to a high standard to ensure that they are ready to lead their own class in September 2023!

Study Day:

Each week (for the majority of the year), trainees will have a university study day which will focus on the Masters aspect of the programme (on occasions two days). Trainees are required to travel to Marjon, Plymouth for this.

Trainees who select this route will train alongside our other trainees who have opted for other routes with KITE.


The programme will allow you trainees to spend time in mainstream and specialist provisions. The Autumn placement will be in a mainstream school, Spring Term will be in a specialist placement and the Summer Term can be either in a mainstream placement or split between a mainstream and specialist placement.

Our aim is for all of our trainees to be successful and with that in mind we take into consideration each individuals personal situation and endeavour to place them so that they have no more than a 40 minute journey to work, however, this may be a little longer when trainees have their placements in a specialist provision as there are fewer of these.

Entry Requirements:

Marjon has a requirement of a degree classification of a 2:2 or above. In addition to this, applicants will also need to have a GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English, Maths, and Science.

All applicants are required to have a full DBS and a Fit to Teach check prior to starting the programme.


PGCE Primary with SEND


The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. Instead, PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics and English skills. This will be embedded into the training year and will not involve any specific testing at interview. Trainees will be given tools to help identify areas for development and improve their skills where needed. The PGCE course will include activities to enable trainees to demonstrate they have the requisite skills by the end of the course.


 You can apply here 

Download our programme booklet here