Primary with SEND

Kernow Initial Teacher Education & the Special Partnership Trust are delivering our Primary PGCE with a Special Educational Needs or Disability focus in partnership with the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon)


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Nancealverne School

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Curnow School
Doubletrees School 
Pencalenick School

PGCE Primary with SEND

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. Giving children the building blocks to provide firm foundations for lifelong learning.

You’ll have high expectations for all children, with a focus on those with a Special Educational Need or Disability. Having a strong commitment to meeting the principles of the SEND Code of Practice is essential. Most importantly you will hold the values and attitudes required to contribute to an inclusive community where barriers to learning are removed.

You need energy, creativity, a thirst for learning and have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents. You will gain experience to work with a range of people from parents, teachers, other professionals & the community.

You need to be able to work with a range of people from parents and teachers to professionals from other services and members of the community. You need to be energetic, creative, have a thirst for learning, love the outdoors whatever the weather and be practical in your delivery.

Trainees who are undertaking the Primary SEND programme will train with our 5-11 and 3-7 Primary trainees and will have additional specialist input from our Special Partnership Trust colleagues.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge required to teach in a Primary setting and will also study SEND topics in more detail.

For example:
*SEND Code of Practice
*Working with SENCOs
*Emotional Literacy/SEMH
*SEND: Behaviour as communication
*Autism Spectrum Conditions & Structured Teaching
* The Team Around the Child
*SEND: Planning & Assessment

Our partners 

KITE has a large number of primary partners and partners in specialist provision. Our specialist settings include Special schools, ARBs and alternative provision academies, allowing you to experience a wide range of educational contexts. Our primaries are in Rural, Coastal and urban settings and include academy chains, multi academy trusts, faith schools, EYS and KS1 only settings and KS2 settings and a through school KS2 – 5.
In fact if there is a type of setting or leadership structure that you wish to experience you will find it within our alliance partners.


The programme will allow you to spend time in 3/4 placements, different in their context. There will be a main placement of 1 term in Primary, 1 term in a Specialist setting, 1/2 term in a second Primary setting and 1/2 term choice of Primary or Specialist setting.

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.


Entry requirements

We closely adhere to the Marjon entry requirements for their PGCE courses Marjon has a general requirement of:

A degree at 2:2 or above.

GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification).

Experience of working with young people. You can find out more about Marjon School Direct programmes by following the link below.

School Direct with The University of St Mark & St John


In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.

Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people with Special Educational Needs in another context at interview.

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact us for more information


Student finance 

More details about student finance can be found here


Graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate
professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.
Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary. Trainees who aren’t awarded a scholarship are eligible for a standard bursary.


 You can apply here