About the course
•to gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
•to build confidence and help you reflect on your professional practice
•to become an authority on the latest curriculum development, issues and innovations
•to learn to manage pupils' behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
•to grow confidence in the latest technologies and develop multimedia resources
•to leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career by taking three core modules.
Subject Studies: You will learn all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management.
Professional Studies: You will learn about working in classrooms and schools, and the broader context of teaching today.
Professional Practice: You will have opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in two contrasting schools.
Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school with 1 day per week being a training day at University.
Training days will take place at Nottingham Trent University.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to attend an interview at Nottingham Trent University.
You will then be invited to attend an interview with us, usually held at the Alliance school you have applied for, where you will be welcomed by a member of the NCTSA Teaching School team.
At interview you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your subject knowledge through a short teaching activity with students. You will also give a 5 -10 minute presentation on a topic connected to your interest in your subject area and your motivation to teach.
Throughout the day you will be able to meet staff and students, ask questions and seek support with the next steps open to you.
How school placements work
We believe contrasting placements are the key to a rich and diverse training experience, so as well as your main placement school you’ll also spend six weeks in another school. You will also undertake a shorter placement in other environments such as a feeder primary school. This means you’ll be exposed to all kinds of teaching experiences and challenges, gaining a clear insight on how to teach a full spectrum of learners in a range of school contexts.
We have close links with a number of selected partner Secondary schools across the East Midlands, which enables you to access a diverse range of establishments during your teaching practice. Our network of partner schools offer you a breadth of experience and the opportunity to train in schools of different sizes and specialisms.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Students are responsible for paying their own university fees
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Computing or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).
A UK first degree with honours (or equivalent qualification). NARIC may be required.
We ask that your degree is at least 50% relevant to the subject that you wish to teach. (2:1 preferred but we will consider 2:2)
*Desire and passion to become a teacher and to challenge and inspire your students.
*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proficiency in both written and spoken English.
*Strong subject knowledge and an understanding of it in the context of educating young people.
*Commitment to high standards and excellence.
*A wider understanding of the purpose of education.
*Resilience and determination to succeed both as a trainee and as a teacher.
*The ability to meet the mental and physical demands of classroom teaching.
About the training provider
We are delighted that you are considering training with our Alliance and we would really like you to apply to join us. Providing a high level of care and support for our trainees is part of our ethos. Our places are open to all applicants who share our values and are passionate about supporting the learning of our students.
Our Alliance is founded on the principle of collaboration and an absolute belief that by working together we can improve outcomes for all students in all of our schools. Our schools have a long record of partnership with our Higher Education partners in helping to train teachers. School Direct gives us the chance to select and train our own outstanding teachers of the future.
If you choose to train with us you can expect:
*successful trainees will obtain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by the end of the programme
*a programme that gives you four days a week in school and one day a week at University
*the chance to observe and work with outstanding teachers
*outstanding mentoring from an experienced and trained mentor
*a bespoke programme of support sessions
*a comprehensive induction programme
*a second school placement in a contrasting school
We are working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, University of Leicester, University of Derby and Bishop’s Grosseteste Lincoln.
We are committed to identifying, training and developing outstanding teachers of the future.
About the accredited body
Nottingham Trent University was named University of the Year 2017
The title is the most coveted honour in the prestigious Times Higher Education awards, rightly dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector.
Nottingham Institute of Education's reputation is long established. We've been training teachers for over 50 years. Our greatest strength is our extensive links with schools and educational settings. These relationships enable every student to gain experience through placement in a wide variety of educational environments.
You will receive lots of support based around your school placements, planning sessions, mentors and pastoral support from your tutors and colleagues.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We coordinate support and access arrangements for disabled applicants with specific learning difficulties. We work with academic staff, Universities and external agencies to meet individual access requirements.
Our commitment is to ensure that everybody has an equal opportunity to become an active part of school life irrelevant of their needs.
The Teaching School is committed to equality and aims to comply with the Equality Act (2010).
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Alliance Secondary Schools
NCTSA Offices, The Becket Way, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QY
Christ the King School
Darlton Drive, Arnold, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG5 7JZ
St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy
Abbot Road,, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 4HX
The Becket School
The Becket Way, Wilford Lane, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire NG2 7QY
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