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What are we looking for?

What are we in looking for?


A desire to teach and work with young people

Obviously you need to like young people and enjoy working with them. We would like to see evidence of observation and participation in schools as this strengthens your application and shows your commitment to the teaching profession.

Effective communication skills

All teachers need to be able to communicate well. But don't worry - we won't expect you to arrive on day one fully confident in addressing large groups of people! During the year you'll be amazed at the progress you can make and you'll get lots of practical support from us.

A commitment to work hard on the course

Yes, we do expect you to work hard and be committed, but the work will be rewarding. Teaching is a job where you can really make a difference to young people's lives.

Determination to succeed

Success rates on the Nottingham ITE courses are high. It isn't because the course is easy! It is because of the high calibre of the students on the course, the course itself and the teachers in the partnership schools. If we offer you a place on the course, we'll be committed to helping you make a success of it.

A readiness to listen and share

Teaching is about working with others - students, colleagues, parents and carers. By working in our Academy we encourage you to work collaboratively, both with other students and with our teachers. We think this is the best way of learning to teach effectively.

A flexible approach to learning and teaching

You need to be open to new ideas, not too set in your ways, willing to review your own progress and reflect on the new situations in which you will find yourself. You also need to be organised and independent. By the end of the year you will be taking responsibility for other people's learning as well as your own.