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Primary Course

Our Primary courses embed a blend of practice, pedagogy and reflexivity to ensure you have the highest quality training year. 

Trainees become reflective and adaptive to the evolving nature of teaching, ensuring the highest quality experience for their pupils through the constant and enhancing opportunities to apply their learning.

Applicants can choose from three courses. Primary 5-11, Primary 3-7, or Primary 5-11 with Maths.

School Based Training

Our school based training allows trainees to be immersed, in all aspects of school life, from the moment trainees arrive on the course. Trainees will be introduced to their host school before meeting the children, allowing them time to build positive and important relationships with key members of staff who will support them throughout their teacher training year.

From the moment trainees enter school on the first day they will be treated as a member of the staffing team, allowing them to build strong relationships with those in their class and around school. Through the support offered from their Class Mentor and Learning Coach, trainees will gradually take on additional responsibilities and be given more freedom to explore and apply their creativity. As trainees become more confident and independent in their teaching teaching they will begin to experience the gratification and the joy that comes from children learning what they have taught them.

ILTT Centre Based Training

Our taught programme will leave trainees 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 recongnised 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 trainees to learn from those who can give them 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.

University Based Training

We work with the University of Derby, a university highly regarded for its strong initial teacher training provision. Whilst the university is responsible for delivering and accrediting the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), we work closely with the university to ensure trainees are being provided with the best possible training so that the information provided can be transferred into their own classroom practice.

As a member of the university, the trainee will also be entitled to access their resources, such as the library, trainee services and student benefits. The university will provide the trainee with an induction into the services available at the start of the course. In addition, the University will support trainees by providing input on academic research and writing to help with completing an assignment at the end of each module.

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.

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Course details


QTS is accredited by Inspiring Leaders, an Outstanding SCITT Provider. Assessments are carried out bi-termly and cover pastoral and course elements.

PGCE – Accredited by NTU for Nottinghamshire.

Assignments are overseen, supervised and assessed by the university, with link support from Inspiring Leaders and Professional Tutors.

Trainees have access to Inspiring Leaders and NTU libraries and

Practice is assessed in KS3 and KS4.


Trainees attend school for 4 days per week with 1 day of training per week. Trainees have a host school as their main placement and spend half a term in a different school with focus days in SEND and KS2

Subject Knowledge

Subject Knowledge audits are carried out to inform individualised programme of development.

Trainees will access 6 x subject specific days and 4 project days. In addition to this, trainees will have small group and 1:1 guidance from experienced SCITT Subject Tutors. Project based work allows a flexible approach to address specific areas for development.

Specialisms can be chosen in different areas such as SEND, Lower or High ability students, to tailor trainee Subject Knowledge.

All trainees attend Safeguarding training at the beginning of the course.


In School Support

Each trainee has a Professional Tutor, Learning Coach and Class Mentor.


The course runs from August to July and it is a full-time course.

Teaching Practice

Teaching practice builds up gradually over the year. 40% by Christmas, 60% by Easter, 80% by the end of the course.

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Are you ready to start your journey?

We would love to hear from you to discuss how we can support your application to become a teacher, Please contact us via phone or by filling in the form and we will be in touch as soon as we can.


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