Midlands Initial Teacher Training

Midlands Initial Teacher Training Primary Alliance

Why train with us?

Welcome to the Midlands Initial Teacher Training Primary Alliance. We are a newly-established partnership of eleven primary schools based in the East Midlands. Several of us have worked together as SCITT schools (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) for a number of years and many of our former recruits are now employed with us.

Teaching is an exciting and diverse profession, which means you can go home each day knowing you’ve made a real difference and a valuable contribution to shaping the future of the next generation. It’s a great world to be part of.

School based initial teacher training is now one of the best ways to begin your career in teaching and the School Direct Primary route is proven to be a highly effective and successful one. Our schools will be working closely with the University of Nottingham and the Minster Teaching School Alliance to ensure that you have the very best opportunities to develop your skills in good and outstanding schools. This will be achieved through an integrated programme of theory and school based practice.

In all of our schools, you will gain a full insight into child development, current curriculum expectations, up-to-the- minute thinking and educational research and you’ll find out what turns a good teacher into a great teacher.

You’ll be well-supported by the Alliance family, a close-knit group of fellow trainees, dedicated mentors and university tutors, with whom you are likely to form very strong links and friendships that often extend beyond your training year.

What we can offer you

In a School Direct trainee position with us, you will learn to become an enthusiastic, creative and skilful primary teacher.

We pride ourselves on our:
  • Personal mentor support – offering you tailored guidance and helping you develop your own personal learning style;
  • University tutors – four visits in schools and assignments marked;
  • Local partnership schools – a network across the East Midlands that offers excellent opportunities to learn and grow;
  • Diversity – whether you’re straight out of university or training later in life for a new career, we’ll support you in meeting your full potential;
  • Outstanding practitioners – modelling excellent delivery, planning and subject knowledge;
  • School based experience – the preferred key stage placement in a home school, and a shared six week placement in a different key stage with a partner student;
  • Additional training – complimenting the university course and relevant to national and local agendas;
  • Professional discussion – continual professional development and reflection on practice.

All of our schools are very different, but share the common purpose of bringing out the best in every individual. Our passionate and hard-working staff teams will take every opportunity to support and encourage you through your training year.

What we are looking for

We are looking for high quality trainees with a passion for challenging and inspiring the pupils in our schools. Specifically we are looking for people with:

  • good communication skills;
  • high standards;
  • a wider understanding of the purpose of education;
  • resilience;
  • determination;
  • a commitment to the provision of excellence.

Schools in our Alliance:

Our schools are based in four different local authorities, and all are within reasonable travelling distance of Nottingham University:

  • All Saints CE Infant School and Pre-School, Nottinghamshire
  • Selston CE Infant and Nursery School, Nottinghamshire
  • Larkfields Infant and Junior Schools, Nottinghamshire
  • Banks Road Infant and Nursery School, Nottinghamshire
  • Mornington Primary School, Nottinghamshire
  • Newbold Primary School, Leicestershire
  • Dore Primary School, Sheffield
  • Hempshill Hall Primary School, Nottingham City
  • Greasley Beauvale Primary School, Nottinghamshire
  • Awsworth Primary School, Nottinghamshire
  • Hollywell Primary School, Nottinghamshire
Banks Road Infant and Nursery has been involved in ITT (initial teacher training) for a number of years. This began with working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University allocating 1st-4th year trainees within our key stages.

Since 2002 we have been affiliated with the University of Nottingham as a SCITT school (School Centred Initial Teacher Training); a PGCE qualification where trainees work within a school for the whole year. For this academic year we are placing trainees from Nottingham Trent University, Bishop Grossteste in Lincoln, and Derby University which we feel further enhances the skills and expertise of our mentors.