Initial Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Ofsted Our ITE courses were rated "outstanding" in 2022.


Congratulations, you’re thinking about becoming a teacher! We think you’ve made a great choice.

We believe that every child deserves to have an education that enables them to reach their full potential. By becoming a teacher, you can nurture and inspire children to acquire knowledge and develop essential skills that form the blueprint for the rest of their lives. A career in teaching gives you the opportunity to play a pivotal role to help break cycles of poverty and low academic achievement.

It's no secret that teaching will be challenging at times, but any career can be. With teaching, the difficult times are far outweighed by the rewards of influencing and shaping the lives of young people, instilling self-worth, bringing them out of their shell and helping them to develop lifelong values. The work is full of life, vibrancy and colour and no two days will be the same.

 Stef Sullivan, Director of Initial Teacher Education, talks about teacher training at Nottingham.

Teacher Training Information Session
Tuesday 13 December

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Our teacher training courses

Our teacher training courses are underpinned by our partnership's aims and ethos. We are constantly seeking to develop our provision and establish innovative and creative approaches to teacher education that impact on our beginning teachers and our partnership schools. The needs of our beginning teachers are at the heart of everything we do and we provide highly personalised support and challenge throughout the training year. 

The University of Nottingham Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership is committed to safer recruitment.  This means we will evaluate your suitability to work with children and young people in a variety of ways from the point at which you first apply. As an offer holder we will carry out a range of safeguarding checks. These will include, amongst others, an enhanced DBS check and we will also ask you to provide evidence of good conduct from any time spent overseas.

On our PGCE courses, you will receive:

  • university-based theory
  • academic support
  • enrichment activities
  • PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status
  • 60 masters-level credits which you can use towards a masters qualification

Why Nottingham

  • Ranked in the top 10 in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.
  • Over 95% of our graduates secure employment as teachers
  • All our courses were rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2022.
  • Support from expert teacher educators in university and  experienced school-based mentors
  • School partnerships across the East Midlands
  • Time in school from week one of your course

Primary PGCE

classroom of children

  • Qualified to teach Key Stage 1 and 2
    (5-11 years)
  • Two school placements
  • University days spread throughout the year

Secondary PGCE

Secondary teacher with pupils

  • Qualified to teach Key Stages 3-5
    (11-18 years)
  • Two school placements
  • University days spread throughout the year 
  • Subjects offered: English, geography, history, maths, modern languages, science


School of Education

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

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