Initial Teacher Education
  

Initial Teacher Education

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, bring 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.

Important information for 2020/21

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Our teacher training courses

It is important that you choose the right course to suit you and your circumstances and understand the differences between them.

Whether you choose PGCE or PGCE School Direct, you will receive the same:

  • 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

 
 

Primary PGCE

classroom of children

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

Primary PGCE School Direct

Female primary teacher and pupils

  • Qualified to teach Early Years and Foundation Key Stage 1 and 2 (3-11 years)
  • University and school interview
  • Apply to the partnership school you would like to be based in as your main placement
  • Placement in a second school
  • Based in school Monday to Thursday, attend university on a Friday
  • Mathematics specialist route offered

Secondary PGCE

Secondary teacher with pupils

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

Secondary PGCE School Direct

Secondary teacher in classroom

  • Qualified to teach Key Stages 3-4 (11-16 years)
  • University and school interview
  • Apply to the partnership school you would like to be based in as your main placement
  • Placement in a second school
  • University days spread throughout the year together with secondary PGCE trainees
  • 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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