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Primary and Secondary: School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) PGCE

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): August 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Primary and Secondary Teacher Training in partnership with Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training

Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training (ILTT) are a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme who work in partnership with Nottingham Institute of Education, at Nottingham Trent University. Together we have developed an exciting and innovative new course for potential trainee teachers.

ILTT currently work with four school partner trusts to provide the training and knowledge you need to become an outstanding teacher which will enable you to deliver an outstanding education to children:

  • Discovery Trust (Primary) covering Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Redhill Teaching School Alliance (Secondary) covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
  • Flying High Partnership (Primary) covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
  • Transform Trust (Primary) covering Nottingham City and Derby City

Full details of the Inspiring Leaders SCITT can be found here:

You can choose to specialise in general primary (3-7 years or 5 – 11 years), primary with maths (5-11 years) or secondary (11-16 years).

All courses offer you the opportunity to undertake Masters level study, assessment and accreditation whilst being predominantly based in the classroom. ILTT work with Nottingham Trent University to deliver your teacher training. The course includes a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) qualification and 60 Masters level credits which you could use to achieve an MA in Education after you graduate.

Learning is designed to draw upon and extend the training you receive in school. You can access materials and continually develop your understanding of practice throughout the year, not just for the days that you are at the University.

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What you’ll study

Your course will allow you to develop your understanding of teaching a learning, and to develop your knowledge and skills by exploring and evaluating a range of theories and practices. within Primary or Secondary Education. You will:

  • expand your knowledge and understanding of subject, curriculum and pedagogy in a systematic manner;
  • become an expert who can apply your skills to develop creative, innovative practices;
  • develop your knowledge of how developments in cognitive science contribute to our understanding of learning and teaching;
  • critically evaluate teaching, learning and assessment theories in the light of professional experience, and synthesise theory and practice in your specialist subject(s);
  • exercise independent judgement in critically evaluating the appropriateness of a range of professional and research-based sources;
  • gain an understanding and comprehensive knowledge of the statutory and other frameworks within which teachers operate;
  • develop and promote your personal and professional values and use them to inform and shape your practice and the experience of your learners;
  • investigate the complexities of the educational process and issues in your specialist subject(s), which are significant to your developing role and in which you will develop specialised knowledge;
  • expand your transferable skills, including verbal and written communication, classroom leadership, collaboration with professional colleagues, use of literacy, numeracy and ICT to support your teaching, as well as specialised and advanced research skills;
  • be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and prepared for a seamless transition into your two-year probation as an Early Career Teacher, during which you will be supported by the Early Career Framework.

Nottingham Trent University is responsible for delivering and accrediting your Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). We work closely with ILTT to ensure you are being provided with the best possible training and that your academic study can be transferred into your own classroom practice.

As a member of the University, you will also be entitled to access all of our resources, such as the library, student support, employability team and Student’s Union. We will provide you with an induction to the University and our services at the start of the course.

In addition, we support you by providing input on academic research and writing to help with completing an assignment at the end of each module.

Our school based training allows you to be immersed in all aspects of school life from the moment you arrive on the course. You will be introduced to your host school before meeting the children, allowing you time to build positive and important relationships with key members of staff who will support you throughout your teacher training year.

From the moment you enter school on the first day you will be treated as a member of the staffing team, allowing you to build strong relationships with those in your class and around school. Through the support offered from your Class Mentor and Learning Coach, you will gradually take on additional responsibilities and be given more freedom to explore and apply your creativity.

As you become more confident and independent in your teaching you will begin to experience the gratification and the joy that comes from children learning what you have taught them.

Our taught programme will leave you inspired by some of the most passionate, expert teachers in our partnership of schools. The majority of our facilitators are Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), who are teachers and leaders who have been recognised by the Government for their expertise and specialist knowledge and are also currently practising in the classroom on a daily basis. Being taught by current practitioners will allow you to learn from those who can give you the most up-to-date information and strategies in teaching and learning.

We pride ourselves in providing trainees with the opportunity to learn from, and be enthused by some of the most exceptional professionals in their fields.

All of our trainees will spend some time independently researching and studying current and relevant research to support their teaching practice, just like a fully qualified teacher. We are seeking applicants who are naturally curious and who seek to constantly improve their performance through personal research and study.

How you’re taught

Throughout the year you will be given the opportunity to learn and develop through a blend of experiences, including residentials and alternative placements, all of which support you towards your goal of becoming a teacher.

Trainees will examine current theory, with each module containing teaching, assessment and independent work, all of which are directly relevant to the classroom. School placements will ensure the knowledge and skills acquired during the ILTT and University based training are strongly anchored in practice. The intended outcome for the programme is that every trainee has the opportunity to complete the course with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Staff Profiles

Matt Woodford

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Matt has worked in a number of schools across the East Midlands as both a teacher and as an assistant head of a large secondary school. He also led one…

Careers and employability

The vocational nature this course and the fact that successful completion qualifies you for a PGCE and leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) means that graduates are ideally placed to pursue a career as a teacher.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2.1 which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum. Strong candidates with a 2.2 will be considered;
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade 4 or equivalent. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via These must have been gained prior to application.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks passed prior to enrolling;
  • two references - one academic and one vocational.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Fees and funding

2022 course fees

The tuition fee with Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training is £9,250.

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

How to apply

Applications for these courses are made directly to Inspiring Leaders. For further information about application, click here:

Inspiring Leaders can be reached at: 07432 016112,,  and

You can find the Inspiring Leaders / NTU courses by clicking this link to the Department for Education’s website and searching for ‘Inspiring Leaders’ or ‘Nottingham Trent University’. From the course page you will find, you can then access the application process.

Applications for these courses are made directly to Inspiring Leaders. For further information about application, click here:

Inspiring Leaders can be reached at: 07432 016112,,  and

You can find the Inspiring Leaders / NTU courses by clicking this link to the Department for Education’s website and searching for ‘Inspiring Leaders’ or ‘Nottingham Trent University’. From the course page you will find, you can then access the application process.