Inspiration Teacher Training
Primary (389L)

QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
QTS

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Our primary courses are designed to train you to teach in a primary school. Primary school teachers usually have one class of pupils to whom they teach all subjects. This means that a primary course needs to place a strong emphasis on building up your expertise in all of the subjects that you will teach. Some of this will be taught in our Curriculum Centre in Norwich and some will be taught in schools. It is not possible to master all the subjects you have to teach in your primary year, but you will get a decent introduction to each one and a number of chances to practise teaching each subject.

All our primary trainees train in a particular subject specialism. We offer specialist subjects of English, natural sciences, or humanities to trainees on this course - you can choose your specialism once you have been accepted onto the course. If you want to train as a maths specialist, then please apply for the primary (maths) course.

Early in the course you will have an intensive focus on teaching phonics. Learning phonics is a crucial stage in learning to read well, and getting this right at an early stage in primary school is of the utmost importance. You will learn about strategies for teaching phonics, and get the chance to practise these regularly in schools. The same is true of basic numeracy. Young children need to learn their number bonds before they can do more complex mathematics. You will learn about different methods of teaching numeracy, the misunderstandings that children often have, and what you as a teacher can do about this.

You will learn to teach well through professional practice and through critically reflecting on your own practice. Your school placements within the course will give you the opportunity to teach, to observe, to practise, to experiment, and to innovate. You have the opportunity to reflect upon your own practice within your school context. As a course entitlement, you will have the time to discuss this with you school-based subject mentor; you can then identify the ways in which you need to develop as a specialist and as a professional. What results is a highly personalised programme in which, through dialogue with your mentor, you develop your teaching style, practice, and ideas in a bespoke way.

Interview process

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to a selection day which will be held in one of our partnership schools. You will spend the day with mentors and with students, taking part in tasks including delivering a presentation, completing a written task, observing and analysing a lesson, and completing an interview.

The day will give you an insight into what it will be like to work in one of our schools, along with the opportunity to ask questions and meet members of our teaching team.

We aim to provide applicants with a decision within a week following the selection day. Depending on the outcome of the day we also offer a phone call to provide feedback on your performance during the tasks.

How school placements work

Trainees will have two placements, each in one of our alliance of primary, secondary, and sixth form schools across East Anglia. We have 13 schools within our Trust and additional partnership schools which we are able to place you in, please see here for a map of where our placement schools are located.

We will try to place you in schools that are convenient for you, with priority given to trainees who have families to care for. Where possible, we will do our best to ensure your commute time is no longer than 40 minutes.

If you are on a Primary course you will be teaching pupils in the age range of 5-11. If you are on a secondary course you will be teaching pupils in the age range of 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

You should have at least a GCSE Grade C/4 in English and maths; for primary, science is also required.

You should have a degree at 2:1 or above. For secondary courses this must be in or closely related to the subject you want to train in. If you do not meet this requirement but feel that your subject knowledge is sufficient to teach up to GCSE level, please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances further.

Equivalent non-UK qualifications are acceptable; please contact us for more details.

Other requirements

If you are successful in gaining a place on our course we will need to complete suitability checks related to safeguarding, require confirmation of your health and fitness and will also need to obtain satisfactory references. These checks are initiated by us and form part of our on boarding procedures.

About the training provider

Inspiration Teacher Training has been born out of the Inspiration Trust, one of the country's most influential and dynamic academy groups. Formed in 2012, the trust has been at the forefront of radical new approaches to improve education. It has built up an impressive track record in improving existing schools and launching high-quality new provision.

Our curriculum centre is in Norwich and our placement schools are in East Anglia. East Anglia is a fantastic place to live and work, with unspoilt countryside, vibrant communities, and easy access to London.

We think that what makes you special is your knowledge of, and passion for, the subject you teach. We want to help you share this knowledge and passion with children. One of the most exciting things about training as a teacher is the need to broaden your knowledge - there is always something more to learn! This is a philosophy that runs to the core of our training programmes.

As a trainee with Inspiration Teacher Training, you will have a unique, tailored, and special journey through your training year. We have recruited a central team of subject specialist leads with exceptional reputations in their fields who will be leading your programme.

We guarantee that your mentor will be a subject specialist who has read the same course materials that you have. You will have allocated time every week with your mentor focused on discussing readings, setting targets, and reviewing your progress.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We do not discriminate against trainees on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; religion, faith or belief. (Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics). The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff and Governors

treat visitors, volunteers, contractors and former staff members.

If you are disabled or become disabled, we encourage you to tell us about your condition so that we can support you as appropriate. Please be aware that such information will be treated confidentially but on the basis of need as some staff will need to know in order for them to provide support. If you experience difficulties during your training, reasonable adjustments can be made to help overcome or minimise the difficulty. We may wish to consult with you and your medical adviser(s) about possible adjustments, Occupational Health will be arranged as appropriate to give advice on reasonable adjustments. We will consider the matter carefully and try to accommodate your needs. If we consider a particular adjustment would not be reasonable we will explain our reasons and try to find an alternative solution where possible.

Contact details

Email
teaching@inspirationtrust.org
Telephone
01603 733446
Address
Inspiration Curriculum Centre
256 Hall Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 2PW

Apply

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: 2H7
  • Training programme code: 389L

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Charles Darwin Primary School
Rose Lane, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1DJ
Yes B
Cobholm Primary Academy
Mill Road, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 0BA
Yes C
Cottenham Primary School
Lambs Lane, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8TG
Yes N
Elstow School
Elstow School, Abbeyfields Road, ELSTOW, Bedford MK42 9GP
Yes Q
Great Yarmouth Primary
Dickens Avenue, Great Yarmouth NR30 3DT
Yes R
Norwich Primary Academy
Clarkson Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 8ED
Yes I
Stradbroke Primary Academy
Lowestoft Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 6LZ
Yes J
Willingham Primary School
Thodays Close, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5LE
Yes S

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