The Big Seven

Seven great reasons to choose the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT

First class school based training programme

We offer you a first class school based training programme leading to QTS with PGCE and Masters credits.

We work closely with the University of Nottingham to ensure that all of our students achieve not only QTS but also PGCE with 60 Masters credits. Our students also have full access to all of the facilities at the University of Nottingham.

We offer a unique 3 week induction programme in August, which allows you to meet your peers and have an in depth introduction to teaching and learning prior to going into your first placement school. This means that when you start in your first placement school you will feel fully prepared.

We run weekly core training days in school, where you will learn about all of the key aspects of teaching your subject in a vibrant, varied and supportive environment.

We have an outstanding team of experienced, dedicated subject and school-based mentors, who will support you throughout the year through tutorials, seminars and informal meetings.

You will gain experience in a wide variety of settings starting with 2 weeks in a primary school, 2 main placements in complementary secondary schools, a week in a special school and an international experience. Wow! How good is that?

Varied cross phase experience

A wide range of schools offering a varied cross phase experience:

To start with you will spend a week in one of our partner primary schools looking at your subject specialism at each key stage, phonics and transition to secondary school revisiting for a second week prior to your second placement school. This will allow you to put the curriculum studied at secondary level into a real context.

You will spend approx. 11 weeks in your first placement school and then 18 weeks in a second school. Tthe second school will complement your first placement to ensure you have a varied experience of schools allowing you to build on previous techniques.

In addition you will have the opportunity to spend a week in a special school. This will help you to develop your skills so that you are prepared to teach the full ability range of students and see a variety of behaviour management techniques and differentiation.

Finally our programme offers you the unique opportunity to spend time abroad on an international placement. We believe this will help you to deepen your thinking about education and help you to develop into a reflective practitioner.

An International Experience

A unique aspect of our programme is the international experience. We believe that visiting other countries and looking closely at their practice will help you to appreciate the differences, the strengths and the weaknesses of different systems of education.

We have close links with a teaching school in Jyväsklylä, Finland and many of our staff have already benefitted form visiting . In addition we have links with schools in China, Canada, New York and Singapore and our staff have visited schools and brought back new ideas. More importantly it has helped them to become reflective practitioners and develop their own teaching.

Leadership Development

All teachers are leaders in their classrooms but many want to develop further into department, pastoral or school leaders and we will help you to do that.

We know that many of you will be ambitious and want to progress quickly, with a keen sense of social justice, wanting to take the lead in shaping the very best education for all children.

We will introduce you to the dimensions and demands of modern school leadership and allow you to see leadership in action by shadowing recognised, outstanding school leaders at all levels.

Support Network

From the moment you join us you will be supported by an experienced and friendly team, from the SCITT Director, admin personnel to the subject mentors. In the early induction period you will be encouraged to get to know your peers and develop your own close knit family of fellow you and trainers across the partnership, who will act as invaluable support as the year progresses and later on as you begin your career.

You will normally spend one day per week training with our experienced staff and will have subject specific training with your Lead Subject Tutor. He or she will be able to help you with all aspects of the course and support you personally if the going gets tough!

When on placement you will have the support of each individual school's Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator, who will look after your needs whilst in school and who will ensure your in-school training programme meets your needs. You will also have a school-based mentor who will meet with you formally once a week as well as support you throughout your time in school.

When it comes to applying for jobs, we will give you all the support you need with applications and interview techniques to help you get your all important first job!

Opportunities for paid employment whilst training

Training to teach is expensive. Not everyone gets a large bursary and we recognise that many of you will have taken on additional loans to fund your training. At NTS we will endeavour to offer you paid opportunities for work whilst you are training.

You might, for example, have a keen hobby or interest and be asked to run an extra-curricular or holiday club. You may be asked to help students after school with homework or revision sessions.

This will help you gain valuable experience whilst earning a bit of extra cash. Every little helps as they say!

Living and working in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire, situated in the very heart of England, is a great place to live and work. With affordable housing in urban and rural areas, Nottinghamshire is the perfect place to begin your career as a teacher.

Our city and county schools are an easy commute away from the popular residential areas of West Bridgford, Wollaton and Beeston.

And with London just over an hour away by train, living and working in Nottinghamshire provides the best of both worlds.

A vibrant city

Nottingham is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with excellent shopping, night-life, restaurants and cultural amenities.

With one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe, Nottingham can boast an enviable roster of exclusive shopping destinations. These are supported by a thriving independent sector and regular themed markets and city centre events.

From Michelin starred chefs to a good old fry up, Nottingham provides a rich platter of eating experiences.

Home to two theatres, a concert hall and a thriving arts cinema, Nottingham can rightly claim to be the cultural capital of the East Midlands.

More esoteric tastes are catered for by the infamous Rock City, the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery and a host of smaller arts and performance venues supporting a diverse programme of events.

A beautiful county

Soft rolling hills, winding rivers and ancient woodland define the county of Nottinghamshire.

From Sherwood Forest in the north to Belvoir Castle in the south, the county presents a quintessentially English landscape. A landscape punctuated by small villages and market towns, providing an outstanding quality of life.

Nottinghamshire has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast, providing excellent walking, horse riding, cycling and canoeing opportunities. Rich in history, the county boasts Ice Age cave systems, Roman remains, Robin Hood's forest and the grandeur of our stately homes.

The Peak District is less than an hour away and with its central location, Yorkshire, Wales, Norfolk and Suffolk are within easy reach. With affordable house prices, excellent schools and a high standard of living, Nottinghamshire is the perfect place to become a teacher...