Initial Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

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.

Ofsted All our ITE courses were rated "outstanding" in 2022.

 

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

 
 

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.

All of 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.

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

  • 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)
  • University interview only
  • Two school placements
  • University days spread throughout the year with primary PGCE School Direct students

Primary PGCE School Direct

Female primary teacher and pupils

  • Qualified to teach  Key Stage 1 and 2
    (5-11 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
  • University days spread throughout the year with primary PGCE students

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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