NIoT@Inspiration Trust Design and technology (2KG4)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
NIoT: National Institute of Teaching, founded by the School-Led Development Trust
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time or part time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our full-time programmes last for one academic year, from September to July. As a trainee teacher, you’ll be based at one of our partner schools, where you’ll learn to teach alongside expert classroom practitioners in an exciting, vibrant environment.

During the course you will spend one day a week at Core Training. This will be a blended model of online and face-to-face sessions, based at one of our regional campuses closest to you. This is a school-centred, immersive programme where you will be teaching across the year, the rest of your week is spent in your school placements.

The training sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners who will model outstanding planning, teaching and assessment to support your development as a teacher. You will have lots of opportunities to interact and learn from peers from across subjects and phases.

There are a number of Subject-specific training days as part of the Core Training which includes the following content as a minimum:

  • What is design & technology? Managing Behaviour effectively.
  • What is food technology?
  • What is textiles technology?
  • Meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Assessment in design & technology. Promoting critical thinking in design & technology.
  • Design & technology curriculum: KS4 Lesson Planning
  • An introduction to electronics in the D&T curriculum.
  • The use of new and emerging technology within design & technology.
  • Planning for the future.
  • Embedding intelligence.

Assessment and Accreditation

  • The National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) programme leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through the NIoT (an accredited provider), with PGCE and Master’s Level Credits awarded in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

  • As a trainee teacher, you will be assessed holistically against the NIoT Curriculum, across the training year in both your school-based training and Core Training. By the end of the course, this will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards as required for QTS.

  • The elements that make up the holistic assessment include: mentor reports; evidence of application in practice; subject and curriculum knowledge; completion of Intensive Training and Practice (IT&P) reflections; attendance and punctuality; professional behaviours; mathematics and English proficiencies; engagement and input in training and a final assessment panel presentation.

  • The PGCE element of the programme is assessed by: master’s level assignments; school experience. Course arrangements and content may be subject to change in line with training partnerships with DfE requirements.

School placements

In order to ensure a well-rounded school-centred experience, you will undertake two school placements and four weeks of Intensive Training and Practice. You will be placed at your main placement academy for the majority of the year. We will work with you to agree a suitable placement which will be no longer than one hour and a half travel from your home.

Throughout your training you will have a personal mentor, who is an experienced teacher, to oversee the school-based element of your training year. They will support you, be a model of effective practice, observe your teaching and meet with you weekly.

There will be regular advice and guidance on strategies to promote wellbeing and safeguard against instances of mental and physical ill-health. Support might take the form of 1:1 meetings with a Lead mentor or Wellbeing Officer or Intensive Practice on key areas e.g. behaviour management of children.

You will also benefit from a short second placement at a different partner school. This means you will experience teaching in a contrasting school to help you to develop your skills in a different context or age-range. We organise this based on a range of criteria to ensure an enriching school experience.

During the course you will spend one day a week at Core Training. This will be a blended model of online and face-to-face sessions, based at our teacher training hub. This is a school-centred, immersive programme where you will be teaching across the year, the rest of your week is spent in your school placements.

Our Secondary courses cover 11-16. This means you will have experience across these age ranges. There are also opportunities for trainees to teach at Key Stage 5, if appropriate to their subject.

When selecting your main school placement, we take into consideration the distance from your home, childcare or caring responsibilities, mode of transport and any other pertinent information. Please note, once you have accepted an offer, we are unable to make changes to the main placement school.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Cottenham Village College
High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8UA
Cromer Academy
Norwich Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0EX
Diamond Academy
Hilary Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 3DP
East Point Academy
Kirkley Run, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0UQ
Elstow School
Elstow School, Abbeyfields Road, ELSTOW, Bedford, MK42 9GP
Great Yarmouth Charter Academy
Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4LS
Hethersett Academy
Queen’s Road, Norwich, NR9 3DB
Hewett Academy
Cecil Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2PL
Inspiration Teaching School Hub
Inspiration Teaching School Hub, 256 Hall Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2PW
Jane Austen College
Claxton House, 46 - 48 Colegate, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1DD
King Edward VII Academy
Gaywood Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 2QB
Samuel Ward Academy
Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 0LD
The Bedford Free School
20A Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AD
The Thetford Academy
Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1LH
Trafalgar College
Thamesfield Way, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 0DN
Wayland Academy
Merton Road, Watton , Norfolk, IP25 6BA

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

If you are required to complete an equivalent GCSE, you will be responsible for meeting the cost. We recommend:

  • A star equivalency (preferred)

You need to have completed these equivalency examinations and have the results prior to the start of the course (1st September 2023). The minimum grade is equivalent to a grade 4.

Personal qualities

We’re looking for people who want to become outstanding teachers; people who genuinely enjoy working with children and young people; people who are passionate about education and who are relentless in their drive to ensure positive outcomes for children.

You will need the ability to develop effective relationships with relevant stakeholders: children, parents and carers, colleagues and peers, as well as external agencies.

Further essential qualities are outstanding organisation and communication skills, resilience, a proactive reflective approach and good interpersonal skills. You should also have determination and energy, high standards of English, maths and excellent subject knowledge.

Other requirements

Alongside meeting all of the eligibility criteria, and having original certificates of all your qualifications, you must pass the pre-programme checks. These will include an Enhanced DBS and Prohibition Order checks, and a Medical Questionnaire to assess your fitness to work.

If you have lived and/or worked overseas during the last 5 years you will need to provide an Overseas Police Check.

You will need to have the Right to Work in the UK as we do not offer visa sponsorships.


If you are eligible for a salaried training place the programme fees will be met by the school.

Your salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales and the location of your school.

Please note you will not be eligible for any student finance on this route including maintenance loans.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Our vision is a school system that nurtures the talents of teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers, so they can provide children with the world-class education they deserve. We are proud to be offering initial teacher training as an Associate College of a newly formed national school-led organisation called the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT). 

We offer year-long primary and secondary teacher training programmes to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession through our school centred programme. We offer a strong support network and exciting environment in which to train, ensuring that our trainee teachers complete the course feeling supported, confident and well-prepared. All our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and 60 Master’s Level credits. We give you access to first class training, invaluable school and classroom practice and opportunities to learn on-the-job at one of our placement schools within the Inspiration Trust and partner schools. We work in partnership with the University of Birmingham to deliver the PGCE element of our programme.

You will benefit from bespoke weekly Core Training with your fellow trainees; additional tailored subject-specific training days; personalised mentor and the NIoT team support and a second placement in a contrasting school environment. You could earn a salary or receive a bursary, subject to eligibility, while you train.

About the accredited body

The National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) is the accredited body and has responsibility for recommending trainees who successfully complete the programme for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Inspiration Trust delivers the course through the partner providers Star Academies, Harris Initial Teacher Education, Outwood Grange Academies Trust and Oasis Community Learning.

The National Institute of Teaching works in partnership with the University of Birmingham. The University of Birmingham is the validating university and has responsibility for awarding the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) element of the programme.

Interview process

If your application is successful, we will invite you to the first stage of our interview process, a face-to-face interview with the NIoT Lead Mentors, which will consist of:

  • Two independent written tasks designed to assess your subject/phase knowledge and understanding of professionalism.

  • a panel interview with a 7-minute teaching episode and formal questions designed to assess your suitability to train to teach.

  • an opportunity to ask any of your own questions.

We will also be assessing your proficiency in English and collecting your documents at the face-to-face part of the interview process.

Please be prepared to bring any identification documents and original qualification certificates.

When you apply to us, you are applying to the National Institute of Teaching@Inspiration Trust as a central provider for our region. We will select the most appropriate placement following a discussion with you at interview. Please apply for one location only.

If you are successful in the first stage, we will organise a visit to your potential placement school (second stage) where you will meet with the Principal.

Following this meeting, we will make you a formal conditional offer, which you will need to accept to secure your place on the course. You will then be sent a link to complete an online maths diagnostic assessment.

All offers are subject to the satisfactory completion of pre-programme checks including an Enhanced DBS and Prohibition Order checks, two suitable references and a Medical Questionnaire to assess your fitness to work.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our training programme is open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria. If you have a disability, we will make every reasonable adjustment to accommodate you throughout the recruitment process, as well as during the training programme, if you are offered a place. All candidates who have accepted a place must complete a pre-commencement medical questionnaire. If this reveals you have a support need, the NIoT provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for you during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To support those with a physical disability, we ensure they are placed in an accessible school setting. Our placement schools and core training facilities make full use of a range of technologies and specialist equipment.

The physical and mental health and wellbeing of our trainees is important to us. Many of our team are trained as Mental Health first aiders. We incorporate wellbeing sessions throughout our Core Training and offer regular, additional academic writing support as required.

Contact this training provider

01603 733446
Inspiration Teaching School Hub
256 Hall Road

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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