Windsor Academy Trust, Trinity Point, High St, Halesowen B63 3HY
teacher training courses at windsor academy trust

Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Initial Teacher Training with WAT and NIoT


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 The NIoT’s initial teacher training is a fully immersive school-centred programme – aspiring teachers will be in the classroom from the very start. But full immersion does not mean that you will be thrown in the deep end: our trainees are mentored and have central training once a week. And you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you are participating in a programme that was designed by some of the most experienced teachers and leaders in the country, drawn from four leading school trusts with decades of teacher-training between them. We also know from experience what headteachers look for in new teachers – so we will ensure that you develop the skills necessary for finding an Early Career Teacher role.

All our teacher training courses lead to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and 60 Master’s Level credits.


Express Your Interest

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  • A direct route to employment: Here at WAT we are constantly on the lookout for talented individuals to come and work for our family.  We view Initial Teacher Training as a fantastic opportunity for you to experience life within our schools with the possibility of future employment once your training is complete.
  • Fully immersive: NIoT trainees are given 39 weeks of professional learning and teaching practice in a placement school.
  • Learning applied quickly: You'll learn something on a Thursday (at Core Training) and apply it the next day.
  • Fully supported: We care about the wellbeing of our trainees. So you'll have mentors who know you well, support your progress and cheer your successes.
  • Advice on tap: Trainees who have concerns about any area of teaching – from classroom behaviour to workload management – are offered detailed support and guidance either locally or nationally.
  • Spiral curriculum: Our curriculum is deliberately structured in order to reinforce previous learning. Your classroom practice will become more sophisticated as your knowledge builds.
  • Research-informed: Our researchers are continually examining what works best in teacher training and using these insights to shape the programmes we offer.
  • National cohort: You will belong to a network of like-minded individuals across the country.



  • Pre-Autumn term: Flying start – a one-week programme for all NIoT new trainees, when we'll ensure that you have the basic tools necessary to prepare you for entering the classroom.
  • Autumn term: You will have one main placement for the whole of this term. The course is fully immersive, which means that you’ll be teaching from the very start – but your timetable will be very small to begin with, increasing as the year progresses. You will be in your placement school four days a week and training in your campus one day a week. This means that you'll be able to learn new techniques, practise them and then apply them in school immediately.
  • Spring term: You will spend four weeks of this term in a contrasting school placement. The aim is to broaden your experience and field of reference. This placement will be organised for you.
  • Second half of spring term and summer term: You will return to your main placement school. This will help you to strengthen existing relationships and to deepen your teaching knowledge, as well as providing continuity for your learners.

What you'll learn:

  1. Subject and curriculum knowledge: We'll support you with the fundamentals: why you're teaching an aspect of the curriculum, what's the best way to teach it, and how you can do it most successfully.
  2. Planning for progress: How to plan effective, objective-driven lessons by observing expert colleagues, conceptualising and sequencing pupil progress over time, and creating opportunities for deeper learning and challenge.
  3. Behaviour and relationships: How to nurture a culture of mutual trust and respect. How to create an inclusive and ambitious climate for learning, helping young people to achieve consistently high standards. How to provide a positive, predictable and safe environment for all pupils.
  4. How students learn – inclusive pedagogy: How to ensure all our pupils experience success at the highest level by teaching new content, building on their pre-existing knowledge, using explanations and modelling and diagnosing and implementing strategies for all. How to provide opportunities for practice and retrieval, so as to maximise the chances that pupils will retain new information. How to avoid overloading young people with information.
  5. Assessment and responsive teaching: How to draw on the different forms of assessment, in order to check for learner misconceptions and measure the depth of their understanding. How to use data effectively to support the needs of the pupils in your class.
  6. Professional behaviours: How to step into the role of a teacher. What will your professional obligations be? How can you look after your own wellbeing? How to reflect on your own teaching practice and make use of the support around you. How to use wider networks and communities in order to strengthen your own knowledge.

Subjects And Course Codes

  • Primary (3-7) (fee paying: Z492)
  • Primary (5-11) (fee paying: 28P6)
  • Primary with mathematics (3-7) (fee paying: E792)
  • Primary with mathematics (5-11) (fee paying: 3F2F)
  • Biology (fee paying: 2KGW)
  • Chemistry (fee paying: 2KGZ)
  • Computing (fee paying: 2T3F)
  • Design and technology (fee paying: 2KG7)
  • English (fee paying: 2KG2)
  • Geography (fee paying: 2KH8)
  • History (fee paying: 2KH6)
  • Languages - French: (fee paying: 2B66)
  • Languages - Spanish: (fee paying: 2B66)
  • Mathematics: (fee paying: 2B67)
  • Physics: (fee paying: 2KH3)
  • Art and Design (Fee-paying: F198)
  • Music (Fee-paying: P450)
  • PE (Fee-paying: 2VHD)

Time Commitment

Full-time option:

  • Five days per week (four days in school, one day at a campus).

Part time:

  • Four days per week, with the course finishing at the end of the autumn term of year two. All academic work would be completed during year one. Training day (Thursday) not negotiable.
  • Three days per week, with the course finishing at Easter of year two. All academic work would be completed during year one. Training day (Thursday) not negotiable.


All training will be based at our central or north offices, the addresses can be found below. School placements will be at one of the schools listed below. You will be able to choose your main placement school when applying and we will endeavour to do our best to place you in your first choice school.

WAT Halesowen

Windsor Academy Trust, Trinity Point, High Street, Halesowen, B63 3HY

WAT Newcastle Under-Lyme

Gallowstree Ln, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 2QS

WAT Primary Academies

  • Colley Lane Primary Academy (Colley Lane)
  • Goldsmith Primary Academy (Bloxwich)
  • Greenways Primary Academy (Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Manor Way Primary Academy (Halesowen)
  • Milton Primary Academy (Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Rivers Primary Academy (Bloxwich)
  • Tenterfields Primary Academy (Halesowen)

WAT Secondary Academies

  • Cheslyn Hay Academy (Cheslyn Hay)
  • Clayton Hall Academy (Newcastle-Under-Lyme)
  • Great Wryley Academy (Great Wryley)
  • Kingswinford Academy (Kingswinford)
  • Newcastle Academy (Newcastle-Under-Lyme)
  • Sir Thomas Boughey Academy (Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Windsor High School And Sixth Form (Halesowen)
  • Windsor Olympus Academy (Winson Green)

Dudley Academies Trust Primary Academies

  • Blowers Green Primary Academy (Dudley)
  • Kates Hill Primary Academy (Dudley)

Dudley Academies Trust Secondary Academies

  • The Link Academy (Netherton)
  • Pegasus Academy (Dudley)
  • St James Academy (Dudley)
  • Beacon Hill Academy (Dudley)

Other Schools

  • Wordsley High School (Wordsley)
  • Crestwood Park Primary School (Kingswinford)


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For QTS: Assessment is ongoing throughout the year, and includes observation of your practice and evidence of your success from mentors, tutors and yourself. Trainees are assessed against the NIoT ITT curriculum as the year progresses, and against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the programme.

For PGCE: Assessment is by three master’s level assignments, which are both academically robust and grounded in your day-to-day practice.

NIoT works in partnership with the University of Birmingham. The University of Birmingham is the validating university and has responsibility for awarding the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) element of the programme.


NIoT's eligibility criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent with a 2:2 or above
  • A GCSE grade 4/C or above in English and maths, or equivalent
  • Primary candidates will also need a GCSE grade 4/C or above in a science, or equivalent
  • Your degree or A-levels will need to be relevant to the subject/phase you wish to teach.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact us on or complete our Expression of Interest form, which allows you to give us some details about yourself before you embark on the formal application process. You can also read more about eligibility on the Get Into Teaching website.

If you are applying from overseas you will need a right to work visa.  We do not currently sponsor visas.

Do you have what it takes to be a good teacher? Read more here.


Fee paying - no salary:

  • The cost of training to teach is £9,250 for full-time study. Student finance and maintenance loans will be available.
  • The cost of training to teach part time is £6,935 for year one and then another £6,935 pro rata according to how much of the second year is needed. Student finance and maintenance loans will be available.
  • Tax-free bursaries are available from the DfE, for some subjects. This changes annually.
  • NIoT scholarships and support might be available for some subjects and phases (this varies from school to school).

Bursaries And Scholarships 

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