How much does it cost to train to teach?

The cost is £9,250 for full-time study. Students need to self-fund, although student finance will be available.

Is the programme full time or part time?

The programme is full time.

What are the entry requirements?

You must have a UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent (with NARIC/ENIC proof of equivalence) and you need to have GCSE grade C/4 or above in English language and maths and science or equivalent (with NARIC/ENIC proof of equivalence)

I don't have my GCSEs - is there another way?

You will need to apply for an equivalency GCSE. You can do this on equivalency.co.uk where you can book to take an equivalency text (this will be at your own cost). Please get in touch to see which equivalency test you should take.

Where will my placements be?

We work with a large number of schools and would aim to place you within a 40 minute drive from your home.

How many placements will I have?

You will have two school placements in different phases. The main placement will be during the autumn, part of spring and summer term whilst the shorter placement will be in spring term.

Where will local training take place?

KITE and NIoT training will take place at our training centre which is based at St Columb Minor School, Newquay, Cornwall.

What will a typical week look like?

Four days are spent in school and the remaining day is spent at the training centre.

What will KITE and NIoT days look like?

These will be structured according to the latest and best research on what we know about building expertise quickly. The days will begin with expert input from a national or international expert, followed by an opportunity to understand and practise what you learn, before moving into subject groups to apply it through the lens of your phase-specific subject(s). You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback from expert colleagues before delivering a real lesson to pupils.

What is intensive training and practice (ITAP)?

We know that people learn best when they learn something new from an expert, and are then given the opportunity to practise what they’ve learnt and receive feedback on it. Intensive training and practice focuses on a single or small number of areas, very intensely, to ensure that trainees make rapid progress in understanding and application, based on expert input.

What is Flying Start?

This is a week prior to the programme starting that you have some basic tools to prepare you to enter the classroom.
This is followed by an intensive two weeks in late August/early September, when we make sure that you have foundational knowledge of how to begin to teach children.
These weeks will provide the fundamentals of great teaching and learning, allowing you to improve rapidly week on week, quickly progressing to more complex areas of pedagogy.

I have a non-UK Degree/GCSEs, what do I do?

You will need to apply to ENIC for a certificate of equivalency, and we will check that against the regulations that the government sets for entry into the profession. If you also have non-UK GCSE equivalent examinations, send all of your certificates together. (This will be at your own cost.)

I have functional skills level 2, does this count as a GCSE?

You will need to apply for an equivalency GCSE. You can do this on equivalency.co.uk where you can book to take an equivalency text (this will be at your own cost). Please contact us before you do this.

What do trainees say about their experience with KITE?

Visit the 'Testimonials' page on this website.

Why should I train with the NIoT/KITE?

The National Institute of Teaching delivers cutting-edge, evidence-based teacher training and professional development, informed by its ongoing research into best practice. The NIoT was set up by four leading school trusts, with decades of teacher-training experience between them. Our programmes were designed by some of the most experienced teachers and leaders in the country.

The NIoT’s initial teacher training programme is fully immersive – aspiring teachers will be in the classroom from the very start. But we also offer comprehensive mentoring and support – including personalised assistance with areas such as behaviour management, workload and academic writing so you will not feel that you have been thrown in at the deep end.

What support will I be given when applying for teaching posts?

You will have training on how to apply for positions, how to write personal statements and interview techniques. In addition there will be the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on your personal statement and all trainees will be invite to a mock interview.

How do I apply for a place?


What will I need to do at interview?

There are a range of activities that help us to ascertain whether you are suitable to train to teach which currently include:

Written tasks: Include a written reflections, maths activity and an English activity.
Teaching episode: A four-minute starter activity about a specific pre-given task.
Panel interview: Formal questions.

Opportunity for you to ask questions.