School Based Training

In Nottingham schools there are lots of School Based Initial Teacher Training schemes. School-led courses generally last a year and result in the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Most courses include a postgraduate qualification, which is likely to carry with it Master’s-level credits.

School Direct

School Direct allows you to work and study within a school, or group of schools, of your choice while studying towards a postgraduate qualification (PGCE or PGDE) through an accredited teacher training provider and reach Qualified Teacher Status.

Nottingham Schools can offer School Direct salaried and non-salaried courses for Primary and Secondary teaching:

  • The School Direct Training Programme This is open to all graduates. You will pay tuition fees to the University and may be eligible for student loans, and a bursary or scholarship. (see bursaries and funding info here)
  • The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) This is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. You will pay tuition fees and be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school who will pay you a salary.

More information on the opportunities through the Teaching Schools Alliances in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can be found here (Teach Notts) or via the University of Nottingham or Nottingham Trent University.

You can apply to more than one school with School Direct and you apply directly through UCAS.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

SCITT training programmes are teacher training programmes where students spend a minimum of 120 days in school as they work towards their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Similar to a School Direct (non-salaried) programme, the programmes are run by schools or groups of schools.

In Nottingham we have some SCITT routes, and you can see what is available via UCAS