School of Education
John Port School

Teacher Training

We are delighted that you have been offered a place to train to teach with The University of Nottingham partnership.

This pre-course website has been designed to provide you with some useful information to help you feel prepared for the start of your teacher training with us. Each course has its own set of pages and within these you will find essential pre-course information, documents and helpful links. Please take care to read through each of the sections for your chosen course carefully. We hope you will find them very helpful.

Please remember you can contact us any time you need further information or assistance – there are specific details of how to do this in the contact us pages for each course. You can also join the Facebook group to start making links with others who will be studying with you and you can keep up to date by following us on Twitter.

All that remains is for you to confirm acceptance of your offer by logging onto your UCAS account. We are looking forward to seeing you at the start of the course and wish you well as you begin this exciting process of becoming a teacher.

Best wishes,

Stefanie Sullivan
Director of Initial Teacher Education

'Outstanding' - Ofsted report 2014 (PDF)

Here is what some of our students say about the courses:

"The subject specific sessions, subject tutors and support from my peers have been outstanding. We have been given a high level of support and guidance whilst being allowed to make our own way and given all of the opportunities possible to help us succeed."
PGCE History trainee

"The variety of content covered in lectures, seminars and workshops helped to develop my skills and subject knowledge. The structure of University days encouraged collaboration, and helped us to learn from each other."
PGCE English trainee 

"It has been a very challenging and stimulating course: the balance between practices and academic study has been perfect. I have enjoyed Fridays at university: this has been an opportunity to reflect, assimilate experiences, and share/develop ideas/aims/aspirations. This is an essential habit of mind that I will always maintain."
PGCE School Direct trainee

"I feel that the large amount of time spent in school is invaluable. As a result of this I feel that my timetable built up in a way that is manageable and offers me a more accurate representation of a teacher's timetable. The close relationship established with a placement school also allows you to fulfil wider professional duties. Second placement and the opportunity to work with a peer was also beneficial."
PGCE School Direct trainee


Useful links


Primary PGCE

Primary PGCE School Direct

Secondary PGCE and
School Direct  - subjects below

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern Languages
  • Science

Secondary School Direct - subjects below

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Social Sciences

School of Education

The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5559