National Online Teacher Training (NOTT)

Frequently asked questions about the NOTT Programme

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Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for teacher training, you will need GCSEs in English and Maths of level 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above. In addition, you will need a degree. We only accept applicants with at least a lower second class degree.

If your qualifications are from abroad you must apply to NARIC for a statement of comparability before you apply. This will confirm to us that your qualifications are of a comparable standard to UK qualifications. For further information and to apply for a statement of comparability please see the page from NARIC on statements of comparability.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

Bursaries of up to £24,000.00 are available for some courses.

The list of subjects that are eligible for a bursary can be found on the financial guidance page of the government’s Get into Teaching website.

How do I apply for the bursary?

We apply for the bursary on your behalf and make all the arrangements for this part of the course. You do not need to apply for the bursary separately. Once you are formally enrolled on the course (after your first day of attendance) and we have confirmed your eligibility (we have received the original of your degree certificate) your bursary will be processed automatically.

What about the course fee?

The course fee is £9,250. You can take a tuition fee loan out from Student Finance England to cover the costs of this. In financial terms the teacher training course ins comparable to your undergraduate degree. To apply and for further information please go to the government’s Student Finance website.

You will also be able to apply to Student Finance England for maintenance loans. Further information about eligibility can be found on the UCAS page on living costs.

Where will my placement school be?

We do not have a fixed list of placement schools and each placement is arranged individually.

How can I apply?

To apply and for further information on the application process via please go to the UCAS apply page for teacher training.

For further information and to apply via DfE Apply please go to application page on the DfE website.

What is involved in the interview process?

All interviews will take place via video conferencing.

The interview process consists of a subject knowledge test (to test your subject knowledge at GCSE level) and 2 short papers to test your subject knowledge in Maths and English (arithmetic & grammar). The subject knowledge required for these is at the level of a Year 6 student.

You will also be asked to plan a lesson. You will be sent the instructions for this together with the interview invite.

Finally, there is the formal interview. During the first 5-10 minutes, you are asked to present your lesson plan which is then followed by questions from the interview panel. There will usually be 2 interviewers on the panel.

Will I get a PGCE?

Yes, the PGCE element of our course is delivered by the University of Hull. The PGCE consists of two written assignments. The tuition for these assignments will take place online. In addition you will be able to book individual or group tutorials with your University Tutor to receive advice on your assignments. You will be given access to the University’s Virtual Learning Platform.

For more information on what the PGCE element of the course is about please go to University of Hull SCITT page about the PGCE.

Will I get Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)?

Yes, to gain QTS you need to provide evidence against the Teacher Standards. We will support you through this process. Your grading is made by using national descriptors following an assessment of your evidence. Throughout your training year your evidence is reviewed and you are guided in your selection of evidence to present.

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