This teaching degree’s structure is designed to meet the current and developing changes in primary schools in the United Kingdom. The module structure allows sufficient flexibility to address the planned governmental curricular changes, as well as reflect effective research based practice both nationally and internationally. It is vital that the entire primary curriculum is reflected across the course and is supported by a professional studies module and is closely linked to the professional placement. The course structure is designed to support trainees in the early stages of their career as well as providing a lasting support for their future careers.
The course’s four modules run concurrently throughout the year. With the exception of Primary Professional Practice, which is taught at level 6, each module is offered at either level 6 or Masters level.
At the end successful trainees will gain a PGCE qualification.
The lead school organises your placements within either the Multi Academy Trust or any local school partners outside of our Trust.
The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. Trainees spend Fridays at the University.
Trainees have a main base school where they spend 5 of their 6 terms training. From January to February half term (Term 3) trainees are offered an alternative placement in an alternative key stage.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com or astarequivalency.co.uk.
We are looking for hard-working individuals who want to develop and learn to support young people in their education. Passion and enthusiasm are key to a successful career in teaching.
You will need to complete a DBS criminal record check before starting on the course.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
As a School Direct trainee, you will be entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses.
If you are a UK or EU trainee, you should be eligible for a student loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant to cover the cost of your study and will only start paying the loans back when you start earning over £21,000 per annum.
You may be eligible to receive a training bursary, dependent on the subject you train for and a degree classification.
About the training provider
The Rutland Learning Trust is a partnership of schools spread across the Rutland and Northamptonshire area. Our shared vision is to provide outstanding education for all pupils – today and tomorrow! First-class education and care that allows every child to achieve their potential, regardless of location, prior attainment or background.
Our Trust brings together a wealth of experience at all levels including those of National Leaders in Education. We work in close partnership with Nottingham Trent University through our successful School Direct Programme. We support each other to learn and develop.
We support our students to gain employment and offer two placements during the year in two key stages to help with this.
About the accredited body
Nottingham Institute of Education (NIoE) at Nottingham Trent University is one of the foremost providers of education and training for teachers and other learning professionals. Their courses and research span all phases of learning and development.
They have partnership links with over 600 schools and institutions. Their latest Ofsted inspection praised these partnerships, recognising the strength of their links with local schools and the range of specialist placements for trainee teachers.
NIoE has a growing international reputation, but still retains a strong local presence. Staff work regularly in schools, helping to improve practice, raise standards, and change lives.
You will be invited to an interview with one of The Rutland Learning Trust partner schools as part of the selection process. At this interview, you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of school-based activities during a normal school day. They will include:
An opportunity to meet with the Team Leader and other colleagues
Teach part of a lesson to a small group
You will also be invited to a second interview at Nottingham Trent University.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
The Rutland Learning Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. Together with Nottingham Trent University, we will:
ensure that people are treated solely on the basis of their abilities and potential, regardless of race, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, martial status or civil partnership, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or maternity, sex or any other inappropriate distinction;
promote diversity and equality for all staff and value the contributions made by individuals and groups of people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and distinctive backgrounds;
promote and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment which affirms the equal and fair treatment of individuals in fulfilling their potential and does not afford unfair privilege to any individual or group.
If you have any specific questions, please contact the Rutland Learning Trust or visit the Nottingham Trent University support page.
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