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Initial Teacher Training

The Research & Development Centre's programme gives schools the opportunity to lead a group of schools, working with other partners including at least one university, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.

Whitefield offers a variety of courses, many in collaboration with Kingston University and the University of East London. They range from City and Guilds QCF (previously called NVQs) courses designed for teaching assistants, all the way to MA programmes for experienced practitioners.

School Direct - a unique way to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS)

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills and placements in the classroom are a key component of the course. Whitefield works in partnership with the University of East London. 

The primary programme focusses on special educational needs and placements are offered in SEN and mainstream settings. The secondary programme is subject-based and involves relevant mainstream placements.

We offer both salaried and unsalaried training opportunities. The School Direct Training Programme (unsalaried) is for high-quality graduates who want to feel part of a school team whilst training. You’ll pay fees but may be eligible for a bursary.The ‘salaried route’ is an employment-based path for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train. Find out more, including available placements...

NVQ/QCF Level 2 or and Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

These qualifications are not specific to special education needs settings and are suitable for anyone  - particularly those working as as a teaching assistant who would like to develop their role further.

The old-style  NVQ has been replaced with a new qualification and is now known as QCF – Qualification and Credit Framework. The QCF still has level 2 and level 3, but these are now broken into smaller modules, each of which is applicable to different working roles within schools.  This has opened up training opportunities for staff in schools that do not work directly with children and those who work on a voluntary basis.

The courses lead to a qualification from City and Guilds. Find out more...

Foundation Degrees

Run in partnership with Kingston University,  Foundation Degrees are higher education qualifications which combine academic study with work-based learning. They provide a training pathway for those who would like remain in work whilst studying for a higher education award.

Early Years Foundation Degree
This degree is specifically designed for early years practitioners who have an appropriate Level 3 qualification and at least two years post qualifying experience. You must be working at least 16 hours per week with children from birth to five years old within an early years setting.

Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice
This degree is specifically designed for professionals working with children and young people in educational settings who have additional learning needs. You will have an appropriate Level 3 qualification and at least two years’ post-qualifying experience and must be working at least 16 hours per week in an educational setting with children from birth to nineteen years. Find out more...

Post Graduate Studies

The  Certificate, Diploma and Masters programmes are delivered at Whitefield Schools and Centre in partnership with Kingston University, London.

The Certificate course runs for one year and the Diploma runs for two years. Both years carry 60 ‘’M’’ level credits, allowing access to the third year Masters Degree that takes the form of an educational action research project. The Diploma and Certificate courses are practitioner based and so students need to be working  either as a paid member of staff, or in a voluntary capacity for at least two days a week with children or young people with special educational needs. Students select a specialist area for study from autistic spectrum disorder or complex needs.

The Masters programme is also practitioner based but there is no requirement for work to be based within special education and students can be accepted straight onto this programme (subject to an official transfer request and University approval) if they already have the appropriate number of credits at ‘’M’’ level. Find out more...