Find out more about how to apply to Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training.
What We Are Looking For
At Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training we are looking for 5 key qualities in our trainee teachers. These key qualities are what we think you will need in order to help you become a Qualified Teacher. Each quality has been explained by a member of the board and what it means to them. If you think these qualities sound like you, then come and apply to us and change the future.
Emotional Intelligence & Resilience
"In order to progress through the training year our trainees need to have a strong resilience to be able to learn and adapt to the changes and challenges that the year presents. In order to effectively learn we must push ourselves into a "stretch zone" where things are uncomfortable at times in order to truly engage in experiential learning. It is vital that our trainees have the emotional intelligence to interact successfully with one another and most importantly with children in their classes who are in a constant stage of learning. The qualities of emotional intelligence and resilience are of the most important competencies new teachers need to possess."
Knowledge & Professionalism
"We are looking for candidates who have a good awareness of current educational issues and have a deep understanding and open mind about how they affect children and schools. Candidates will need to ensure they have knowledge of the current primary curriculum; knowing what is expected to be taught and the rationale behind this. They should be keen to expand their subject knowledge within the National Curriculum and be willing to self-teach new skills such a computing or Design and technology skills. A secure knowledge in all subject areas is essential for all outstanding teachers and integral to building effective learning opportunities.
The ability to act with professionalism and integrity in all situations is a vital skill for practitioners in education. Candidates will need to understand how their actions and words become the standards by which they model expectations for children."
Communication & Presence
"We are looking for aspirant teachers with strong communication skills. Communication is both expressive and receptive, therefore trainees must be skilled at listening to others, as well as explaining things clearly. Not only this they must be able to adapt their methods of communication depending on who they are interacting with and taking into consideration their ability and/or learning style. We hope that all trainees are able to use and adapt these skills confidently with a range of audiences, including; children, parents and colleagues. We believe forming effective relationships are at the heart of becoming an outstanding teacher and we believe strong communication skills will allow these relationships to develop and flourish.
Presence is the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or manner of a person's bearing before an audience."
"Being creative plays an important role in being a great teacher, especially when focusing in on the teaching and learning. Creativity helps teachers stay fresh and motivates the children, keeping them on their toes – excited by what might be coming next. We are looking for trainees who have the confidence to not only try out new ideas or adapt old ones, but to stop, think and evaluate the experience when done. This is a highly effective skill because problem-solving is what teachers do every moment of their working day, from deciding on teaching materials, procedures and assessments, to adapting an activity that learners are not responding to, and helping individuals who are not progressing as they should.
We strive for trainees who keep developing these skills, making creativity part of their daily routine rather than an occasional activity. Looking at everything they do with a critical eye and consider how their lessons could be made more motivating, productive and interesting for the learners."
"We aim to train teachers to become reflective practitioners. Teachers should always be striving to challenge themselves and their learners. We are looking for people who are capable of reflecting on their work in the classroom, their knowledge of the curriculum, their pupils and the wider school. As a result of this they are then able to use this knowledge to improve on their practice further. During the training period, your professional tutors will help you by responding to your weekly reflective journals and allocate time to allow you to reflect on sessions so that you can demonstrate your growing subject knowledge and professional skills."
Making an Application
If you are interested in applying to Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training you will need to apply through UCAS Teacher Training. In order to apply you will need to complete an application form including your qualifications and work experience. You will also need to write a 4000 character personal statement as part of your application.
In order to find us, please search for provider and type in Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training. This will bring up all the courses accredited by Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training. Click on the course that most interests you to apply. You may require the following course codes:
|Leicestershire||Age Range||Course Code|
|General Primary||5-11 years old||2JQP|
|EYFS||3-7 years old||2ZV2|
|Nottinghamshire||Age Range||Course Code|
|General Primary||5-11 years old||2VPH|
|EYFS||3-7 years old||2ZV4|
A UK honours degree or equivalent, preferably at a minimum 2:1 but candidates with a 2:2 will be considered if they have strong experience, in a subject which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum.
GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Professional Skills Test
All applicants are advised to look at the online Practice Skills Test and to book when you feel ready. Failure to pass these tests in 3 attempts will result in you not being able to re-apply for any teacher training course for the next two years.
You do not need to have these completed before applying to ILTT although you can sit these tests prior to any application.
We require a minimum of 10 days mainstream UK school experience (paid or voluntary) in a Key Stage 1 or 2 class. This must have been within the last two years and completed prior to interview. ILTT has its own pre course School Reflection Log that we expect all candidates to complete before they attend interview.
If you would like us to help you gain this school based experience please get in touch.
If you do not have the equivalent qualifications please find details of how you may be able to attain them.
Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training welcomes applicants with a broad range and type of qualification, as long as it meets the government recognised equivalency.
- All applications are made through UCAS Teacher Training.
- The initial screening process checks for the correct qualifications at the appropriate level.
- The range and type of experience in an educational setting are also taken into consideration.
- Welcome and Introduction, including the vision and ethos of ILTT.
- Group Activity: Diamond 9 activity based on school improvement priorities.
- Formal interview.
- Tour of the school with children and a member of the interview panel.
- 20 minute Classroom Activity: Literacy activity for a group of up to 8 pupils from year 3 or 4.
- Candidates will be asked to repeat their child centred activity to a different set of children.
- If successful you will be given a conditional offer based upon you meeting the necessary criteria.
- If unsuccessful, the result will be indicated through the UCAS system.
- Feedback is not always given but can be requested.
Finance Support & Fees
Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as other postgraduate teacher training courses. Those from the UK or EU are eligible for student loans in order to help cover tuition fees and maintenance. If you wish to apply for financial support please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance/apply.
To find out information regarding bursaries, please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding.
The government made bursaries available for Primary trainees in 2016/17. Below is the amount you would receive depending on your degree classification:
These government bursaries as paid by standing order in ten equal monthly payments from early October to July.
Inspiring Leaders Teacher Training charge students £9,000 for their tuition fees. This fee is in line with other SCITT and University providers.