SCITT School Direct Routes

The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT (NTS) is a great place to train to be a teacher. With our extensive package of support and guidance, choosing the School Direct Training Pathway with NTS can offer you the very best training and preparation for your career.

Your training will be mapped out for you in detail, ensuring that you gain the right experience in your subject specialism but also in school management, pastoral care and the wider role of a teacher. At the end of the course you will have secured a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters Credits from the University of Nottingham.

Our training programme

In school, classroom-based, work and development

This is the main element of the programme. It is based on you developing your practice working alongside school-based mentors. Timetables will be developed to progress practice, by having an escalation of the number of lessons taught and/or developing stages in practice, from supporting the classroom teacher to team teaching with the class teacher to taking elements of a lesson to taking full lessons. The team teaching is classified as a recognised aspect of the training. Classroom work will be based in two schools over the course of the year, including KS5 for at least one of the placements. Mentors will meet with you for a minimum of one hour per week.

Core Training Days

At the start of the programme, you will have an intensive induction to the teaching and learning process, including discussion and development of basic elements of teaching, introduction to planning and curriculum, behaviour management and safeguarding etc. The aim is to give you a thorough grounding prior to starting school placements. This will enable deeper, more detailed coverage of the professional standards to be done later during the training year. It will also include 2 weeks in a local Primary school to look at all key stages with a key focus on your own subject specialism and how it is taught in primary and to develop an understanding of the issues arising from transition from primary to secondary. It will include an introduction to phonics.

Beyond the two block teaching placements, the remainder of the year will be used to allow for the development of learning and understanding in each of the main areas. This will allow a flexible approach with periodic tutorial inputs, seminar work in subject groups or whole cohorts dependent on the focus etc. It would also allow for the embedding of the cyclic pattern of theoretical understanding, practical development and reflection on important issues outlined above. The Core Training Days will include 10 days at the University of Nottingham, 6 subject specific days and some days for independent study.

International Placement

This is a unique feature of the programme. It is our aim to offer you an international experience so that you can more deeply appreciate the need to secure high standards and outcomes for students to enable them to compete in a global world. We believe that this experience can assist you in deepening your pedagogical thinking and help you to develop into reflective practitioners. We already have links with the teaching school in Jyväskylä, Finland. Teachers from the secondary school visited Toot Hill School in April 2014 to further develop this link. This, or a similar exchange will be part funded using fee income. You will be expected to fund your subsistence needs.

Special School Placement

All teachers are teachers of Special Educational Needs and are accountable for the progress that SEN/D children make in their subject. It is imperative that you are well prepared to support students with SEN/D and we have therefore included a week’s experience in a special school to further enhance the core training related to pupils with SEN/D. This will give you experience of a range of special educational needs, strategies for supporting students with such needs plus real experience of differentiation and personalised learning. This will give you an excellent grounding for teaching SEN/D students within mainstream classes.

The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT offers School Direct places in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages: French, German and Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious Education
  • Social Sciences

In most subjects we offer both Core and School Direct pathways, in Physics, Chemistry and English we are also offering the School Direct (Salaried) route.

School Direct (Salaried) Routes at the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT

The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT will be offering School Direct (salaried) places in Physics, Chemistry and English. If you are a graduate and have been working for around three years in any career, School Direct (salaried) places are available to you.

The School Direct (salaried) route lasts a year and is a great choice if you want to stay in the world of work, as you will be employed as an unqualified teacher during your training while you learn ‘on the job’. As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you’ll be surrounded by experienced teachers and mentors to support you from the start in exactly the same way as the Core training pathway. You will spend the majority of the training year in one school with a six week placement in a second school. The international, special school and primary placements are available to School Direct (salaried) Trainees at the discretion of their main school as is as the intensive 3 week induction programme.

Apply through UCAS or contact us directly for advice.

Disclaimer: Course details are subject to change. While we will do all we can to ensure the information on these pages is accurate and up-to-date, The Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT reserves the right to change the content, modules and titles of any courses listed without prior warning.

How to Apply

Applications must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Once your application has been completed, your application will be sent to the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT.

Applications will be screened by the SCITT Director before deciding whether to offer an interview. This will include checking that you meet our entry criteria and looking at the professional way in which your form has been completed.

The application process

Once you have made your application and we have called you to interview you will need to fullfil the following requirements:

School Experience

It is advisable to gain school-based experience prior to commencing the course.

Personal statement

You will be required to submit a 300 word personal statement expressing your reasons for applying to teach and how your experiences, personal skills and attributes will equip you to become an effective teacher.


You will be required to provide the names of 2 referees; one of which should ideally be an academic reference from your first degree university and one from a personal referee who can testify to your character, personal attributes and qualities.

DBS checks

At interview, you will be required to verify your identity, preferably from current photographic ID, for example a passport or driving licence and proof of address except where, for exceptional reasons, none is available on the day of interview.

You will be required to obtain a certificate for an enhanced DBS check with a barred list information as you will be engaging in regulated activity, if successful.

Health and Physical capability to teach

Before final acceptance on the course, all candidates offered a firm or conditional place will complete and return to the SCITT Administrator a declaration of health questionnaire. You will be asked to return the completed questionnaire directly to Occupational Health. This information will be considered by the medical adviser who will request additional information if necessary.

Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests

You will be required to have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before taking up your training place. Whilst you are not required to have applied and passed these tests before interview you will be strongly recommended to take these as soon as possible.

The Interview process

The interviews will normally take place at Toot Hill School. The interview panel will be made up of the SCITT Director, representatives from our partner schools and a subject specialist from one of our partner schools.

Example Interview Schedule

Welcome by SCITT Director.

Introduction to our alliance, the partner schools, our training programme, funding, the format of the day, post-interview procedures if successful/unsuccessful, etc. by the SCITT Director.

Meeting with our SCITT Administrator to check ID qualifications etc.

Group activity with all candidates or groups of candidates – observed by members of interview panel around the features of effective learning. Observations would be recorded by each observer on the Interview Day Decision Pro forma sheet.

Written task on subject related topic to check subject knowledge. Please note for MFL candidates this would be in the language(s) chosen to teach. This would be assessed by the subject specialist and recorded on the Interview Day Decision Pro forma sheet.

Formal presentation and interview. The presentation would be a 5 minutes maximum presentation on "Why I want to teach" and the formal interview would include subject specific questions as well as general questions about education, personal qualities and suitability to teach, other interests and hobbies. The interview process would also aim to check the candidate's ability to cope with the demands of the course and their resilience.

You will also be able to ask questions of the panel relating to the course, training, partner schools etc.