ITT – Inspiring Minds and Changing Lives

  • An internationally recognised qualification for teaching
  • A contemporary setting, resources and future focused approaches for 21 century learners
  • ‘Change Maker’ skills for 100% employability
  • Teacher researcher skills integrated into all aspect of your training
  • A learning experience for you which models ways that you can teach
  • Support for your wellbeing and resilience for teaching
  • As well as QTS and PGCE, qualify as a teacher of Philosophy for Children and Mindfulness

Inspire Northamptonshire' offers Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct programme.

How do I apply?

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Application for the School Direct Programme should be made through UCAS. The next round of applications open in October 2018 and close once all places are filled nationally. You are able to choose a maximum of three places where you would like to train. Your application will be considered simultaneously by training providers. Suitable applicants will be invited to interview.

To complete an application follow this link

Enquiries about application can be directed to HEP Team at UCAS

Telephone: 01242 545 734 (lines open from 0.800 to 18.00)
Email: Fax: 01242 544 961

For further information about ‘Inspire Northamptonshire’ teacher training, please contact Dr Lorraine Cullen on 01604 434612 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What is School Direct?


Our family of Alliance Schools now exceeds forty and demand continues to grow.  This provides you a wide scope of different schools for your placements and ae excellent chance of future employment once you successfully complete the training.

We offer the School Direct Training and Salaried Routes in partnership with the University of Northampton. This form of training offers you an opportunity to become more immersed in school life so that you are well-prepared to meet the demands of a teaching role when you qualify with QTS and with a PGCE.  You can also begin studying for a Masters degree as part of your ITT training. It is the aim of our School Direct Programme to provide a network of opportunities to facilitate employment at the end of the course. The Initial Teacher Training that we offer is School Direct Early Year 3-7 years and Primary: aged 5-11 years.

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What are the entry requirements?

This training route is open to graduates, usually with an honours degree from a UK university with a degree classification of 2:1 or above.  We also consider candidates with lower class degrees than this if they can identify relevant professional experience with primary aged children.  Although no longer a requirement from the Department for Education, we recommend that potential applicants obtain recent experience in a mainstream primary school. ‘Inspire Northamptonshire’ offers the unsalaried training route. Candidates must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership skills test in English and Mathematics prior to the start of the course and hold a grade C or above in GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Who is the Lead School?

The ITT strand of ‘Inspire Northamptonshire’ is led by Hall Meadow Primary School; this is part of the Inspire Multi-academy Trust (InMAT) which is a collective of 12 schools.  The school is located on the edge of a market town in the East Midlands and caters for the co-education needs of primary aged children from 5 – 11; it is judged by Ofsted to be an outstanding school. Through a pedagogy that attends to the needs of the whole child, the school has secured exceptionally high standards for young learners. The school also is also a lead school for the 'Inspire' teaching school alliance which is founded on the principle that all schools have something to offer each other. For further information about the lead school follow this link

Why train with us?

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Training through 'Inspire Northamptonshire' provides the opportunity for trainees to join a growing network of schools committed to providing excellence for 21st century learners. Innovative practice is at the heart of the work of the school and the 'Inspire' teaching school alliance. Research and development is a key feature of the school and the alliance and teachers are actively encouraged to engage in practitioner action research so that they can lead the future of education. There is a strong recognition that schools need to respond accordingly to the ever changing need of children and that evidence based practice will led this process. Professional development is a key feature of school and the alliance. Systems are currently being created across the teaching school alliance to ensure that those new to the profession are supported well into their career and, eventually, into leadership. Professional networks and high quality training opportunities are available to teachers as part of the 'Inspire' alliance.

How is the training organised?

The University of Northampton works in partnership with Inspire Northamptonshire to support the delivery of the school direct programme. The programme comprises of modules at level 6 and level 7 which focus on: the core of: English, Mathematics, Science and Design Technology and the wider curriculum. This includes: Art, Music, ICT, PE, Geography, History, MFL and RE. Your professional studies and school experience will be supported by well- trained mentors. You will also be given the opportunity to learn from Specialist Leaders across a range of subject areas who work within our alliance and are very experienced and highly effective teachers. Collaboration and an opportunity to engage in professional dialogue will be a key feature of your training. To help you manage the demands of your new profession, wellbeing and stress reduction training is an integral aspect of the course. At the end of the first year, teachers who secure employment with one of our alliance school, will be supported by a mentor and an NQT training programme and have the opportunity to engage in all of the professional development activities offered by ‘Inspire’.

Contacting Inspire

Inspire Teaching School Alliance

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Swan Court,

Main Line: 01604 434610
Ali Buttress Direct Dial - 01604 434611
Lorraine Cullen Direct Dial - 01604 434612

Why Train through Inspire?

Initial Teacher Training Opportunities

If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can transform lives, then teaching may be the career for you. Inspire Teaching Schools can help you to achieve your ambition through our Schools Direct programme.

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The Inspire Offer

We offer two options to Alliance Members:

  1. LA Schools or Multi Academy Chains who wish to avail of the audits and reviews and SLE support as part of the offer.
  2. Schools with Teaching & Learning and Safeguarding reviews and SLE support as part of their provision already.

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