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Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only) Non-NTU Award

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Practitioner; Professional; Short course; Non-credit
  • Start Date(s): January 2021 / March 2021
  • Duration: Maximum of 12 weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Early years teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

Ideal for graduates with substantial experience, this is a route to gain Early Years Teacher Status through an assessment of your current practice.

This short assessment programme is designed for very experienced graduates with substantial successful Early Years teaching experience, who currently work as unqualified teachers.

Supported by your employer, the programme allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Early Years teaching standards through assessment of your current practice.

A successful assessment leads to Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) Award.

What you’ll study

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only) route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). It does not include any training and is only suitable if you are currently working as an unqualified practitioner.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment takes place in the setting where you are currently employed. Full support by your employer is essential to ensure the assessments can take place. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

You will gather a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how you implement each of the Teachers' Standards effectively across the whole age range of 0 - 5 years. You will be expected to demonstrate you have gained experience across a minimum of two early years settings, including Key Stage 1.

The assessment process

The assessment will include:

  • a completed application form, including a personal statement;
  • a reference from your current employer;
  • presentation of comprehensive and detailed evidence to show how you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years);
  • observation and assessment of your practice in your setting;
  • evidence of passing the Department of Education’s Professional Skills tests; and
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure clearance.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment will be completed within a maximum period of 12 weeks. If a longer period is required, then an alternative programme can be advised.

Placements

This course does not currently offer placements. Applicants must have access to an appropriate Early Years setting prior to applying where they can be assessed and the full support of their employer.

Applicants will need to ensure they can meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) for experience in two settings including 10 days in Key Stage 1.

Staff Profiles

Vicky McEwan

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Vicky McEwan is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Primary Education undergraduate degree.

Careers and employability

Driven by the Department for Education (DfE), the recent introduction of the Early Years Initial Teacher Training qualification aims to raise the status and quality of teaching, and ensure children have the best start in life.

A successful assessment and achieving Early Years Teacher Status will provide you with excellent career development opportunities for the future.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification;
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C / 4 or equivalent;

Other requirements:

  • Two years relevant and recent experience of practice prior to being assessed against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) and the ability to evidence this;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks;
  • Interview;
  • You will complete a diagnostic assessment of your fundamental English and mathematics skills at interview. This will inform any development that you need to undertake leading up to and during your training. There is no longer a requirement to complete Department for Education Professional Skills Tests;
  • If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Fees and funding

There is no Department for Education funding for the Assessment Only route, therefore you or your supporting school must meet the cost of the assessment.

The current fees are:

  • Initial Assessment: £500 (non-refundable)
  • Final Assessment: £1,500
  • Additional visits: £150

There could be an additional charge for travel and accommodation if you are more than 50 miles away from the University. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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