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Our Programmes

We’re getting ready for an exciting new era in Initial Teacher Training and will be offering a wide range of training options across the primary and secondary age phases. We’d love you to be part of the journey.

Primary Programmes

Primary

Primary Salaried

The Department for Education is currently reviewing employment-based routes for teacher training which will start in September 2024. We will update the website as soon as this information becomes available.

If you have a question you can’t find on our site, please get in touch at enquiries@nestt.org.uk

  • Our programme is a school centred teacher training course which awards successful trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters credits (there will be an additional cost)

  • We have been training teachers across Suffolk and Norfolk for over twenty years. This experience ensures our training fully prepares each trainee to enter the teaching profession.

  • This is an employment based route so you are employed by a school. You earn a salary (approximately £13,000) as you train to teach. There are no tuition fees. We strongly advise applicants to have a school in place that can support you before you apply for this route as the school pays your salary. We strongly recommend that you put this information about your supporting school in your personal statement on your application form.
  • As a Primary SCITT Salaried trainee you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a school from the start of the academic year and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn alongside experienced teachers.

  • Your main placement will be in your employing school and you will be released by your employing school for six weeks in the first half of the spring term to have a placement in a contrasting school to ensure a range and depth of experience.

  • You can specialise in Early Years, Primary or SEND. As an Early Years trainee, you undertake placements in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. In Primary your placements are in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

  • With the SEND specialism you complete a placement in a mainstream setting in the autumn term and in the spring and summer terms your placement would be in your employing special setting.

  • Whilst you are on placement you are supported by a SCITT Tutor and a mentor who is usually the
    class teacher. They will help you become highly reflective and analytical of your own practice.

  • Tutors are in regular contact and are your advocate throughout a challenging year, helping you develop resilience and self-awareness. All mentors receive training in how to be highly supportive, whilst also challenging you to become the best possible teacher you can be.

  • Your central training is provided by trainers who are experts in their field, many of whom are practising teachers.

  • We use a range of training centres for Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge training.

  • You will have sessions focused on lesson planning, assessment, behaviour management and SEND along with all the National Curriculum subjects and more layered throughout the
    training year.
  • We are in partnership with the University of Suffolk and the university validates and monitors our PGCE programme and has done so for over six years.

  • The PGCE elements of the programme are integral to the existing Core Training sessions (there is an additional administration cost).

  • You will be expected to complete two assignments and a presentation to gain your PGCE and 60 Master credits
    during your training year. We will fully support you in writing your Masters’ levels assignments.

  • The assignments take a practitioner approach towards your learning at Masters’ level. You will be asked
    to write assignments which are based on your classroom practice and encourage you to engage with small scale practitioner research.

  • You will be enrolled as a student with the University of Suffolk so will have access to their full range of library resources and other student support services.

  • The University of Suffolk has created a Masters course in Education Studies which you can complete at a later stage in your teaching career as the 60 Masters’ credits you gain on our programme count
    towards the 180 credits which are needed for a full Masters’ degree.

  • More details about the University of Suffolk Masters’ in Education Studies can be found here.

  • We also encourage all of our trainees to become members of the Chartered College of Teaching which is the professional body for teachers. Membership to the Chartered College of Teaching is free for trainee teachers and we will introduce you to how to become a member
  • All of our training is aimed at ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to start in your teaching career in any future school of your choice
  • Our aim is for you to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.
Primary

Primary Tuition

If you have a question you can’t find on our site, please get in touch at enquiries@nestt.org.uk

  • Our programme is a school centred teacher training course which awards successful trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Most of our trainees also opt to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters credits.

  • This is a student-based route so you are not employed by the school. You begin by observing experienced teachers, then move on to teaching parts of lessons and full lessons but always with your mentor's support. This means you are at the very centre of a personalised learning journey.

  • We have been training teachers across Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk for over twenty years and work with a wide range of partnership schools across the region.

  • This experience and close working with schools ensures our training fully prepares each trainee to enter the teaching profession. Our employment rate for our successful trainees is over 95%. Whilst most gain jobs in local primary schools, some also move to other parts of the country or use the PGCE which allows them to teach abroad.
  • As a trainee on this programme, you will undertake three extended placements in two contrasting schools to ensure a range and depth of experience. As we work closely with schools across Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk, your placement school will be no more than 45 minutes travel time and often will be closer.

  • Whilst you are on placement you are supported by a SCITT Personal Tutor and a mentor who is usually the class teacher. They will help you become highly reflective and analytical of your own practice. Personal Tutors are in regular contact and are your advocate throughout a challenging year, helping you develop resilience and self-awareness. All mentors receive training in how to be highly supportive, whilst also challenging you to become the best possible teacher you can be.

  • Your central training is provided by trainers who are experts in their field, many of whom are practising teachers and strong links are made between the sessions and your time in school.

  • You will have sessions focused on lesson planning, assessment, behaviour management and SEND along with all the National Curriculum subjects and more layered throughout the training year.

  • We value the importance of you building networks with each other and in the profession so during your training year, we will ensure that you have the opportunity to build strong support networks with other trainees and have access to visiting educational speakers.
  • Most trainees complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Education alongside their QTS. Having this additional qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you can study at Masters level but also enables you to teach overseas and in Scotland.

  • We are in partnership with the University of Suffolk and the university validates and monitors our PGCE programme and has done so for many years.

  • The PGCE elements of the programme are integral to the existing core training sessions.

  • You will be expected to complete two assignments and a presentation to gain your PGCE and 60 Master credits during your training year. We will fully support you in writing your Masters’ levels assignments.
  • We also encourage all of our trainees to become members of the Chartered College of Teaching which is the professional body for teachers. Membership to the Chartered College of Teaching is free for trainee teachers and we will introduce you to how to become a member

  • All of our training is aimed at ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to start in your teaching career in any future school of your choice
Primary

BA (Hons) Childhood: Primary Education with QTS

If you have a question you can’t find on our site, please get in touch at enquiries@nestt.org.uk

  • Childhood: Primary Education with QTS is an exciting opportunity for students wishing to become primary school teachers. This programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Suffolk and enables students to gain a BA Honours degree in Childhood while working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Primary Education

  • Upon successful completion of the programme students will have obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will allow them to take up a qualified teacher position in a primary school

  • The course provides a full-time academic programme delivered jointly by the University and by NESTT in combination and with a placement in a school setting

  • This programme is unique in the region as it allows students to gain the professional status of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in combination with a BA Honours degree

  • Over 160 days in practice allows in-depth experience over a range of schools and year groups

  • This course includes a wide range of continuous professional development training including paediatric first aid, children’s safety online and Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • For further information visit: https://www.uos.ac.uk/childhood-qts

Secondary Programmes

Secondary

Secondary Salaried

The Department for Education is currently reviewing employment-based routes for teacher training which will start in September 2024. We will update the website as soon as this information becomes available.

If you have a question you can’t find on our site, please get in touch at enquiries@nestt.org.uk

  • This programme is a school centred teacher training course which awards successful trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters credits.

  • It is an employment based programme so you are employed as an unqualified teacher by your placement school from the start of September.

  • This programme is suitable for those of you who are already employed in a school, can start the year teaching at least five hours of your own classes and your current school wishes to support you in gaining QTS and is prepared to contribute to your salary.
  • As a trainee on Salaried programme, you will be learning ‘on the job’ as you will be teaching your own classes from the start of September.

  • In most cases, we find that Salaried trainees have already been working in some kind of capacity in their placement schools so the leap to teaching your own classes is not a major one as you will be familiar with the school and their context.

  • You will have a school mentor in the school who will be advising and supporting you during your training year and will meet with you weekly and observe you weekly too.

  • In addition, you will have a SCITT Tutor who is external to the school. Your SCITT Tutor will support you in developing your teaching and learning knowledge and will have regular meetings and dialogue with you during your training year. They will observe you teaching on a regular basis.

  • In addition to your days at your placement school, every Friday you will have a SCITT Core Training day where you will receive training external from your placement school. These sessions will be led by a range of practising teachers and other educationalists who can provide you with knowledge and skills to be able to teach in any future school of your choice. These sessions will be on topics such as behaviour for learning; teaching students with special educational needs; how to assess students’ progress and learning about effective teaching strategies in the classroom.

  • You will also receive at least six subject knowledge sessions which are delivered by a range of high quality practising teachers across a number of schools who will help you to build up the skills and knowledge you will need to specifically teach your subject in any future school.

  • We take an evidence informed approach to our teacher training programme and you will be given books to support your learning. We are also in partnership with our two local research schools, Unity Research School in Suffolk and Notre Dame Research School in Norfolk. These two research schools have an integral part in the Core Training programme we offer.

  • To support you in your learning, we will also provide you with a laptop and visualiser for the duration of your training programme.
  • We are in partnership with the University of Suffolk. The university validates and monitors our PGCE programme and has done so for over six years.

  • The PGCE elements of the programme are integral to the existing Core Training sessions.

  • There is an additional cost for the PGCE and this affordable cost will be shared with you during the recruitment process.

  • You will be expected to complete three assignments to gain your PGCE and 60 Master credits during your training year. We will fully support you in writing your Masters’ levels assignments.

  • The assignments take a practitioner approach towards your learning at Masters’ level. You will be asked to write assignments which are based on your classroom practice and encourage you to engage with small scale practitioner based research.

  • You will be enrolled as a student with the University of Suffolk so will have access to their full range of library resources and other student support services.

  • The University of Suffolk has created a Masters course in Education Studies which you can complete at a later stage in your teaching career as the 60 Masters’ credits you gain on our programme count towards the 180 credits which are needed for a full Masters’ degree.

  • More details about the University of Suffolk Masters’ in Education Studies can be found here.
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  • We also encourage all of our trainees to become members of the Chartered College of Teaching which is the professional body for teachers.

  • Membership to the Chartered College of Teaching is free for trainee teachers and we will introduce you to how to become a member.

  • All of our training is aimed at ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to start in your teaching career in any future school of your choice.

  • Our aim is for you to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.
secondary

Secondary Tuition

If you have a question you can’t find on our site, please get in touch at enquiries@nestt.org.uk

  • Our programme is a school centred teacher training course which awards successful trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Most of our trainees also opt to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 Masters credits.

  • This is a student-based route so you are not employed by the school. You begin by observing experienced teachers, then move on to teaching parts of lessons and full lessons but always with your mentor's support. This means you are at the very centre of a personalised learning journey.

  • We have been training teachers across Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk for over twenty years and work with a wide range of partnership schools across the region.

  • This experience and close working with schools ensures our training fully prepares each trainee to enter the teaching profession. Our employment rate for our successful trainees is over 95%. Whilst most gain jobs in local Secondary schools, some also move to other parts of the country or use the PGCE which allows them to teach abroad.

  • You have the option of training part time over two years
  • As a trainee on this programme, you will undertake three extended placements in two contrasting schools to ensure a range and depth of experience. As we work closely with schools across Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk, we will aim for your placement school to be no more than 45 minutes travel time and often will be closer.

  • Whilst you are on placement you are supported by SCITT Tutors and a mentor who is based in your department.  They will help you become highly reflective and analytical of your own practice. Tutors are in regular contact and are your advocate throughout a challenging year, helping you develop resilience and self-awareness. All mentors receive training in how to be highly supportive, whilst also challenging you to become the best possible teacher you can be.

  • Your general professional studies training is provided by trainers who are experts in their field, many of whom are practising teachers and strong links are made between the sessions and your time in school. You will also have subject specific training to ensure you have the specific knowledge and skills to teach your particular subject.

  • We value the importance of you building networks with each other and in the profession so during your training year, we will ensure that you have the opportunity to build strong support networks with other trainees and have access to visiting educational speakers.
  • Most trainees complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Education alongside their QTS. Having this additional qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you can study at Masters level but also enables you to teach overseas and in Scotland.

  • We are in partnership with the University of Suffolk and the university validates and monitors our PGCE programme and has done so for many years.

  • The PGCE elements of the programme are integral to the existing core training sessions.

  • You will be expected to complete two assignments and a presentation to gain your PGCE and 60 Master credits during your training year. We will fully support you in writing your Masters’ levels assignments.
  • We also encourage all of our trainees to become members of the Chartered College of Teaching which is the professional body for teachers. Membership to the Chartered College of Teaching is free for trainee teachers and we will introduce you to how to become a member

  • All of our training is aimed at ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to start in your teaching career in any future school of your choice.

You can train to teach the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Business Studies and Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology (including Food)
  • Drama
  • English
  • English and Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Maths
  • Maths and Mandarin Chinese
  • Maths and Music
  • Maths and Social Sciences
  • Music
  • Physics
  • PE
  • PE plus Ebacc
  • Social Sciences
  • RE

Secondary or Primary Programmes

Primary or Secondary

Assessment Only

What next?

If you think you meet the requirements for the Assessment Only route, then please contact enquiries@nestt.org.uk

  • We offer the Assessment Only route as a route into teaching.
  • The route is designed for those candidates already teaching in schools who could be eligible to gain Qualified Teacher Status without undertaking a full initial teacher training route. If candidates are successful through selection, they move straight into the assessment process.
  • The assessment period for a candidate, from starting the Assessment Only route to being awarded QTS, is three months.

The Assessment Only route is suitable for applicants working as an instructor in a primary or secondary school. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have whole class responsibility for lesson planning, teaching and learning for a minimum of two years full-time or the equivalent
  • Are already a highly competent classroom teacher 
  • Will be employed in a teaching role for the duration of the assessment period at a school where they can meet the full requirements of the Teachers’ Standards
  • Are in a school which will fully support the application and assessment process
  • Can show evidence of teaching in two schools across the two key stages in either primary or secondary
  • Meet the application/entry qualification requirements
  • Do not require additional training as need to be working at the level of a successful Early Career Teacher
  • Applicants must be a graduate and have a degree of 2:2 or above at time of application
  • Hold GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C/4 for secondary and primary applications and additionally Science GCSE at Grade C/4 at time of application for primary

Applicants for the AO route should:

  • Have evidence of a clear DBS check
  • Be teaching in a school where you have the opportunity to demonstrate that you meet all the Teachers' Standards for QTS
  • Be able to show evidence of having taught and been accountable for pupils' learning for at least two years or the part time equivalent.
  • Have evidence that you have taught across two key stages in either primary or secondary
  • Have evidence that you have taught in two schools in the age ranges in which you are going to be assessed
  • Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a qualified teacher
  • Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
  • Meet the requirements for health and physical capacity to teach

If you think you meet the requirements for the Assessment Only route, then please contact enquiries@nestt.org.uk