About the course
Candidates will spend 4 days per week in their placement school and 1 day per week at NTU. Candidates will have an experienced professional mentor (usually their class teacher) to guide their school-based training. There will be weekly school-based observations and meetings to develop their professional skills.
We work in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to train outstanding teachers who make a significant difference to their pupils, their schools and their profession. NTU is an established and successful provider of initial teacher-training and education-related courses. Staff at our school work with the experienced researchers and practitioners at the University to design and deliver our courses which can be tailored to meet your individual needs. These courses carefully blend significant hands-on teaching experience in our schools with the critical thinking and theoretical underpinning that is so important for the teaching profession. The University offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which can be obtained alongside the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. National surveys show that NTU’s trainee teachers highly recommend their course, and over 9 out of 10 are employed in a teaching role in the year following graduation – well above the national average. Many go on to progress successfully into leadership roles.
The aim of the NTU Assessment Centre is to identify your aptitude and potential to meet the Teacher's Standards at the highest level, and to meet the demands of the course. Our aim at the University’s Assessment Centre is to identify your aptitude and potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards at the highest level and the demands of the course.
If invited for interview, you will be asked to evidence two things:
1: You will be asked to evidence your subject knowledge. We will explore the level of that subject knowledge in relation to your potential to teach the full breadth of the curriculum and the subject specific examination specifications.
2: You will be asked to evidence your research into the teaching profession. We will explore the practical steps that you have taken to research thoroughly the requirements of professional training for
entry into the teaching profession.
At this time you may also evidence any experience of observation in primary schools.
School interviews will take place in the lead school by a selection of Head Teachers from the partnership. It will be a single interview where candidates will be required to make a short presentation about why they want to be a primary school teacher, a 30 minute session with a group of children and a short formal interview.
How school placements work
Kirkby Primary Partnership includes a total of 6 primary schools. The partnership usually trains 4 students per year. The schools working with students each year differs, depending on the requirements of each particular school that year. Each student will have a main placement school, where they will spend the majority of their practice. In this school they will be assigned a specific year group in either KS1 or KS2 and they will remain in that Key Stage throughout. Each student will also have a 2nd placement school within the partnership. This 2nd placement will take place after Christmas, whereupon the student will work in the opposite Key Stage to the one in their main school.
The candidate usually spends 4 days per week in school and 1 day at NTU. The days at university decrease as the placement enters its final term.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Trainees on an unsalaried School Direct course are charged £9,250 in tuition fees by NTU, the standard rate for postgraduate courses. Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses. Those from the UK or EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance. Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in priority subject areas; the level of the bursary is dependent on your degree level and the
subject you wish to teach. Scholarships are available from a number of sources. For more information, see the DfE and NTU websites.
A good UK honours degree or equivalent, preferably at a minimum 2:1 but strong candidates with a 2:2 will be considered, in a subject which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum.
GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science
You will need to pass the Government Professional Skills Tests. These are designed to test whether you have the basic level of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. Go to the
Department for Education’s website to find out more, to take practice tests and to book your test
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate that they have a genuine passion for teaching, a talent for inspiring children and resilience for the rigours of the profession.
If your application is successful, prior to starting teacher training although not necessary prior to interview.
• You will need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau or CRB check) and provide information relating to Childcare Disqualification regs.
About the training provider
Kirkby Primary Partnership schools are based in the Kirkby-in-Ashfield area of Nottinghamshire. They are a close knit family of schools who have, in their most recent Ofsted inspections, been graded as Good or Outstanding schools. Children at our schools are enthusiastic learners, who thrive on the stimulation of a creative and exciting curriculum. Students who train with us will be given the opportunity to facilitate this curriculum by working with experienced professionals in each school. You will be given the opportunity to develop your teaching skills through; observing excellent practitioners, working with experienced teachers and practicing your own teaching skills in a supportive environment. The aim of the partnership schools is to develop the potential of students to meet the Teacher's Standards at the highest level, classroom observations and weekly target setting and progress meetings.
Kirkby Primary Partnership looks forward to receiving your applications.
About the accredited body
NTU is an established and successful provider of initial teacher-training and education-related courses. Staff at our school work with the experienced researchers and practitioners at the University to design and deliver our courses which can be tailored to meet your individual needs. These courses carefully blend significant hands-on teaching experience in our schools with the critical thinking and theoretical underpinning that is so important for the teaching profession.
National surveys show that NTU’s trainee teachers highly recommend their course, and over 9 out of 10 are employed in a teaching role in the year following graduation, above the national average.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Schools in the partnership have not yet benefited from training a student with a disability. It’s a personal choice if you want to inform us and/or NTU of your disability. However, the advantage of disclosure is that it enables support to be put in place and applications to be made for any extra funding available or for specialist equipment.
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School Street, Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 7BT
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