Welcome to the
Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT

If you are looking for professional ‘hands on’ teacher training then the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT could be for you.

Based in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, our SCITT offers school based Primary and Secondary Teacher training in a range of schools and subjects.

Whether you are interested in School Direct or SCITT, the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT offers you a chance to train in a variety of city and county schools.

The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT pathway offers an unrivaled package of support and professional development to all trainees that we have called "The Big Seven".

To find out more about the NTS, our different pathways and "The Big Seven", explore our website, get in touch or come and visit us at one of our open days.

Open Days

The best way to find out what the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT can offer is to come and visit us. All events are open to both School Centred ITT applicants and School Direct applicants.

Teaching Taster Days

  • Friday 7th October 2016
  • Thursday 17th November 2016
  • Tuesday 7th February 2017
  • Friday 10th March 2017
  • Wednesday 26th April 2017
  • Thursday 22nd June 2017

8.30am - 3.30pm

Venue: Toot Hill School
Venue website: www.toothillschool.co.uk

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School Experience Weeks

w/c 21st November 2016 8.30am - 3.30pm

w/c 23rd January 2017 8.30am – 3.30pm

w/c 20th March 2017 8.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Toot Hill School
Venue website: www.toothillschool.co.uk

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The Big Seven

Here are seven great reasons to train with the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT:

First class school based training leading to QTS with PGCE and Masters credits

Access to a wide range of schools offering a varied cross phase experience

An international experience visiting a different education system

Leadership development courses and mentoring

Excellent support networks tailored to your needs as a trainee teacher

Opportunities for paid employment in schools whilst training

Living and working in Nottinghamshire

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Pathways to Teacher Training

The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT offers two pathways into teacher training. follow the links below to find out which pathway is right for you.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (PGCE)

We offer School Centred Initial Teacher Training across a range of Nottinghamshire Schools in partnership with the University of Nottingham.

This allows you to train in schools, through classroom based experience with the support of a school based mentor, securing a PGCE qualification at the end of the year.

You can train in the following subjects:

Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (French, German and Spanish), Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education and Social Sciences.

To find out more about the benefits of training with the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT please click below.

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Teacher Training with School Direct (PGCE)

We provide School Direct placements in a range of schools in Nottinghamshire.

You can train in the following subjects:

Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (French, German and Spanish), Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education and Social Sciences.

To find out more about School Direct and what the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT can offer you please click below.

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Why Teach?

For many people teaching is the best job in the world.

It's a job where you can make a difference, using your skills and knowledge every day.

Teaching is a profession that allows you to be creative and innovative. Imaginative lessons and a passion for your subject can make a real impact on the lives of the students you teach.

Teachers are well paid, with good starting salaries and the profession offers excellent opportunities for career development and promotion.

Teaching is an exciting, dynamic and challenging profession, but don't just take our word for it...

"I completed my teacher training at Toot Hill School and I was amazed at the dedication of the PE staff to improving my teaching practice. I was given the freedom to develop my own teaching idea's, but under the guidance of experienced, enthusiastic staff. I was lucky enough to get a permanent teaching job at Toot Hill to complete my NQT year. Throughout the year I have had weekly NQT meetings, NQT training sessions as well as whole school CPD in order to develop my teaching practice in a whole school context."

Dr Alison Bowes - June 2015

"I did my PGCE placement at Toot Hill which was a brilliant school to train at; the training and mentoring was incredibly beneficial and helpful as I began my teaching career. Since joining the school, the induction programme for new staff has been incredibly helpful for me to develop further and all staff, both in and out of my department, are extremely approachable and always on hand to offer advice."

Jonothan Ubhi - June 2015

"Training at Toot Hill School was an invaluable experience. The staff were always willing to help with any questions or problems I faced. I am finishing the year feeling as prepared as I possibly can be going into my NQT year with a wealth of knowledge both about teaching and the school."

Andrew Roberts - June 2015

"When I finished my degree I thought long and hard about my career options. I wanted a job where I could help others and use my subject knowledge but also have the freedom to be creative and independent.

Teaching seemed like the perfect career and after doing some research, school based training seemed the best option. Being trained in school allowed me to gain invaluable experience and at the end of the year I was offered a job by my placement school.

Since then I have not looked back. As a qualified teacher I have a clear career pathway, an excellent remuneration package and lots of different opportunities within my current school."

James Travis
Physics Teacher and Achievement Director, Post 16

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  • Trainees start phase 1 secondary placements

    New trainees make great first impressions...

    With a great deal of readiness and preparation NTS trainees visit placement 1 secondary schools this week. The first week is about getting to know classes, school ethos, school systems and meeting new staff, senior leaders mentors and school based training coordinators. Many of our trainees get to know what it feels like to be 'back to school' with a pupil pursuit. This involves visiting a whole range of classes in a variety of subjects; often the most tiring day of the week!

    Trainees look forward to their end of week training day 'Friday'; a chance to consolidate experiences and share ideas.

    A great start to class of 2016-17

    Posted 29/09/2016 by Main News

  • Trainees fully prepared!

    After 3 weeks of induction training led by over 20 deliverers trainees start placement 1 schools.

    Our new cohort of trainees feel fully prepared to start their teaching placements and are looking forward to working with mentors. A huge focus within the SCITT training is enabling trainees to feel confident to create new ideas/resources and interesting T&L styles. This will maximise pupil engagement and accelerate learning progress.

    Trainees also have the new challenge of being highly organised whilst achieving a work-life balance to be fully fit and enjoy teaching. Regular training and support is in place to ensure work efficiency and excellence. A happy teacher is often the best teacher!

    Trainees have so far loved the sessions and they never quite know what to expect; voice training, learning new skills, planning time, lots of different teaching methods modeled to ensure they progress as much as the pupils they teach!

    Posted 21/09/2016 by Main News

  • New Trainees Start!

    Secondary SCITT trainees start course class of 2016-17

    Our new outstanding cohort of trainees are now approaching their fourth week. All trainees receive 3 weeks of Induction training delivered by a host of school leaders/experts. They have had a lot of fun learning new techniques

    All trainees are feeling well equipped to visit a primary school for a week long placement followed by the start of secondary placements. Sessions that have taken place are varied and fun including; 'enrichment' (camping!), Behaviour management (learn the teacher 'glare!'), safeguarding, assessment for learning, voice training to name a few.

    So what are the initial thoughts of the trainees?

    "I am feeling much more equipped ready to get into classrooms" "lots of expertise supporting our progress" "Useful, practical training" "Brilliant delivery" " I am extremely excited about starting my teaching career...NTS was the perfect choice for me as everyone is so supportive and the sessions are fun"

    Good luck to our trainees in starting teaching placements!

    Posted 14/09/2016 by Main News

  • Jonathon Weedon reports on the NTS trip to Jyvaskula Finland

    ‘What did I get from the Finnish Experience?’

    My answer to this question will focus on the stark differences between the UK and Finnish education systems and will highlight the one major point of success in the Finnish system which I want to take back to the UK. The major difference between the UK classroom and a Finnish one is the hierarchical distance of the teacher in relation to the student. In your school, the informal dress code for all and the use of ‘ope’ – or teach to address the teacher in my opinion facilitated a calm atmosphere, conducive to a great depth of learning and understanding of the subject being developed by students’. The positive flow of lessons was particularly evident in all natural sciences lessons’ and this positive flow was primarily down to the fact teachers’ do not address low level disruption as we do in the UK. It is widely accepted that a teacher is there to teach and the onus is on the pupil to work productively of their own fruition. This is a fundamental cultural difference between Finland and the UK, which allows students’ in Finland to become fully self-reliant, independent learners. This is where the Finnish education system profits and ours in the UK flounders. Therefore, I make it my mission to facilitate students’ in the UK becoming as independent as your students’ evidently are following the observations I made during my visit to your exceptional school. Thank you for allowing myself and my fellow NTS students’ to visit your school and I intend to visit Finland many times in the future.        

    Posted 11/03/2016 by Main News

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