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. Here, 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 also have access to working with colleagues across our wider network as part of the Nova Education Trust: whether it’s a conversation with our CEO, a careers session with Executives from the Education Team, working with subject teachers from across our schools or simply visiting any of our varied settings to broaden your experience, you’ll gain from all that training in a dynamic, successful and forward-thinking Trust can offer you.

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

Varied cross phase experience

You will have the opportunity to experience teaching in a variety of primary, secondary and post-16 settings across the East Midlands including a special school and the unique opportunity to spend time in an international school. You will experience a diverse range of educational cultural capital throughout the training year as you have many opportunities to visit a wide range of different educational settings that will help you grow and develop into an amazing teacher. This is an unrivalled opportunity and one of the reasons why our SCITT won the NASBTT National Innovative Practice Award.

An International Experience

Subject to application and interview you could get the chance to teach in Europe as part of the Teaching Together in Europe programme. This is a truly unique and exciting opportunity to experience an international education system. Trainees have brought back new ideas to develop their own teaching, whilst also reflecting on their own practice.

Leadership Development

All teachers are leaders in their classroom but many want to develop further. By giving you the facility to gain MA credits and opportunity to shadow and hear from experienced school leaders, we hope you will feel confident and motivated to take a lead in your future role.

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!

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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. We offer opportunities to support intervention classes and start paid employment before you being your NQT induction in some schools.

We offer opportunities to support intervention classes and start paid employment before you begin your NQT induction in some schools.

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 and the surrounding areas and counties

Nottinghamshire, situated in the very heart of England, is a great place to live and work. Whilst the main ‘home’ of NTS is in Nottinghamshire, our schools and wider Trust network spans three counties, with schools in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. With affordable housing in urban and rural areas, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire are the perfect places to begin your career as a teacher.

Whether you’re a city-dweller or a countryside-lover, there’s the ideal place to live whilst you train and when you start your career as a Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT teacher. And with London just over an hour away by train, living and working in the East Midlands provides the best of both worlds for those who want easy access to all that the Capital has to offer.

Our city and county schools are an easy commute away from some of the most popular, exciting and picturesque parts of the East Midlands, making your choice to train with NTS both a great career move and a brilliant lifestyle choice.


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...