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Primary: School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

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Year Of Entry

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: August 2021
  • Course duration: One year full-time


Primary 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 two forward thinking and innovative Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) to provide the training and knowledge you need to become an outstanding teacher which will enable you to deliver an outstanding education to children:

ILTT work with Candleby Lane TSA who have a partnership of over 50 primary schools across Nottinghamshire where you could be placed for your training year. All partnership schools are recognised for their experience in supporting trainee teachers and are quality assured by ILTT to ensure they provide you with the best possible training experience.

By choosing to work with ILTT you can specialise in either a general primary (5 – 11 years) or Primary Early Years (3 - 7 years) course.

Both 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.

What you'll study

During the course you will develop your knowledge and skills by exploring, evaluating and understanding a range of theories and practices within Primary Education.

You will:

  • gain an understanding and comprehensive knowledge of the statutory and other frameworks within which teachers work.
  • understand the complexity of how teachers work.
  • expand your knowledge and understanding of your specialist subject, curriculum and pedagogy in a systematic manner.
  • become an expert who can apply your skills to develop creative, innovative practices in the subject specialism,
  • critically evaluate teaching, learning and assessment theories in the light of professional experience and synthesise theory and practice in your specialist subject.
  • exercise independent judgement in critically evaluating the appropriateness of a range of professional and research-based sources.
  • develop and promote your personal and professional values and use them to inform and shape your practice and the experience of you learners
  • investigate the complexities of the educational process and issues in your specialist subject, which are significant to your developing role and in which you have developed 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, and specialised and advanced research skills.
  • University based training

    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.

  • School based training

    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.

  • ILTT centre based training

    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.

  • Independent study

    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.

Further information on what you'll study

Professional accreditation

We are accredited by the UK Government's Department for Education (DfE) as a provider of Initial Teacher Training courses. Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This means you can be employed as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in a school to complete your induction year.

How you’re taught

Throughout the year you will be given the opportunity to learn and develop through a blend of experiences, all of which support and further you towards 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 primary 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).

Careers and employability

The vocational nature of the PGCE Primary Education degree and the fact that successful completion of the course leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) means that graduates are ideally placed to pursue a career as a teacher in the primary age range.

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.

How to apply

You can apply for postgraduate teacher training courses through UCAS.

You can search for courses at UCAS Teacher Training from October 2019, and apply using a two-tiered process. Apply 1 allows you to choose three teacher training courses. If you are unsuccessful in Apply 1, you can choose to apply for alternative courses during Apply 2.

Find out how it all works on the UCAS teacher training website.

UCAS Codes

When filling out your application you will need the following information

General Primary (5 – 11 years)

  • training provider code name: A2349 – Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training
  • training provider code: 24H
  • training programme code: 2VPH

Early Years Foundation Stage (3 – 7 years)

  • training provider code name: A2349 – Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training
  • training provider code: 24H
  • training programme code: 2ZV4

Need help?

Contact Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training
+44 (0)115 848 4460

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Fees and funding

2021 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.

Still need help?

Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training
+44 (0)115 848 4460