Primary teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein
School Direct is a training route which allows you to work and study within a school of your choice while studying towards a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) degree and Qualified Teacher Status.
This is an innovative training route which allows you to choose the school, or group of schools, in which you train with an intention, but no absolute guarantee, that they will employ you once you successfully graduate. School Direct is run as a partnership between a lead school, other schools in their alliance and an accredited teacher training provider.
We have established successful partnerships with schools to offer both School Direct salaried and non-salaried courses for Primary and Secondary teaching:
The salaried option of the School Direct programme is ideal if you wish to bring your career experience to the field of teaching. Career changers can bring valuable real-world skills and knowledge to the classroom to inspire the next generation.
From the beginning you will be working within a school, learning and training in the classroom while supported by qualified teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University as you progress towards gaining a postgraduate qualification in education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status.
The salary you receive will be dependent on the school you apply to and the subject you wish to teach. However you will usually be paid as an unqualified teacher on point one or above of the unqualified teacher scale.
School Direct (salaried) places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with NTU. The schools involved have an excellent history of involvement in teacher training and a long history of supporting trainees to become confident and effective teachers.
You can apply to more than one school with this programme. You apply directly through UCAS. Interview and selection will be conducted by both staff from Nottingham Institute of Education and from the school.
Primary salaried places available in 2018
See the places available with our partner schools on our School Direct Places 2018 list.
Careers and employability
You will be employed as an unqualified teacher while training. The salary you receive will be dependent on the school you apply to and the subject you wish to teach. However you will usually be paid as a unqualified teacher on point one or above of the unqualified teacher scale.
It is expected that you will continue to work at the school or group of schools in which you trained, after you gain your teaching qualification. However there is no absolute guarantee of employment once you finish.
You will gain a Qualified Teaching Status if you successfully complete the course and therefore can apply to other schools as a Newly Qualified Teacher in the event that you are not employed by your training school.
You will work within the school or group of schools to which you applied. You may also be expected to spend time in a range of other key stages, or schools to observe best practice and expand your practical experience.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- Enhance your communication skills
- Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- Boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.