What will my year look like?

The programme hopes to offer trainees a diverse range of opportunities on a range of school placements from Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 in a Primary School to KS3, 4 and 5 in mainstream schools. It includes time spent in a Special School and an International Placement in one of our partner schools abroad.

There are also opportunities to apply for international teaching placements in the Spring term with our 'Teach together in Europe' Partnership.


  • 2 weeks core training
  • 22 weeks main placement (split either side of short placement)
  • 9 weeks placement 2
  • 2 weeks alternative placement
  • 1 week special school
  • 1 week international school


  • 2 weeks core training
  • 11 weeks placement 1
  • 20 weeks placement 2
  • 1 week primary
  • 1 week special school
  • 1 week international school

Course Content

What will I be doing through the year?

Core training days

The Core Learning days, which takes place most Fridays, aim to engage our trainees in practical and useful sessions that cover important areas of the teacher standards. We have over 30 different providers leading topics that include the following:

  • LGBTQ+
  • BAME
  • Well being
  • Mental Health
  • First Aid
  • Behaviour management
  • SEND
  • Pupil progress
  • Literacy
  • Prevent and safeguarding
  • Parent communication
  • Preparation for teaching interviews

Subject days

Our team of tutors deliver specific sessions aimed at increasing your subject knowledge confidence. You will share and create teaching resources, discuss you school experiences with other trainees of the same subject and learn how to teach your subject to the relevant age groups.

University days

The university help to develop our trainees understanding of the pupil learning process and how it can be affected by your teaching.


At Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT we have a Pastoral Lead who offers extra support for our trainee teachers. We recognise that the teacher training year can be challenging at times, so we offer extra emotional help where we can.

We offer one to one support sessions and in certain situations we work in groups to address common issues and concerns.

Our Lead is a Mental Health First Aider for adults and youth trained by MHFA England.

We offer mindful activities to our trainee teachers to encourage them to look after themselves throughout the year.

We also offer extra support for those trainees who have additional needs from specialists within our trust.