For all ITTE enquiries please contact Deborah Outhwaite, Developing Teachers Schools Academies (DTSA) at or call 07712 674474.

University of Derby

What is ITTE?

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Initial Teacher Education

“DTSA are an extremely supportive alliance that helps you every step of the way to achieving your PGCE. Staff are incredibly knowledgeable and always willing to provide advice and guidance. DTSA has enabled me to get my dream job in the best profession”.
Helen O’Brien, Primary Programme 2022-2023


Initial Teacher Training & Education (ITTE) is a course that gives you the skills that schools are looking for in a early career teacher. Accredited by the University of Derby, and working with two placement schools from the local area, the successful completion of the course will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), 60 credits towards a masters and a Teacher Reference Number (TRN). The course is full time and lasts one year.

DTSA is passionate about providing high quality Initial Teacher Training & Education (ITTE) in a full time school-based setting. This offers you the best possible opportunities to completing your training successfully and become an outstanding teacher. DTSA has strong links with the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the Derbyshire area and is uniquely placed to offer training at Primary level on Science to help with the course content and practical ideas for teaching. This is important in securing a teaching post within the Derby and Derbyshire area because of our strong STEM economy. This comes at no additional cost for our ITTE placements.

About the Primary Course

By studying this programme, the successful Beginning Teachers will be awarded a PGCE (Level 7) and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This will allow you to apply for teaching posts in UK schools and colleges. All Beginning Teachers will enrol on the three Level 7 modules and the three professional practice modules. The successful completion of all modules will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS.

The University of Derby works collaboratively with expert colleagues from across our community of practice to deliver an innovative and ambitious curriculum that meets the needs of all learners. The programme will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to have a significant impact on the lives of pupils that you work with.

The ambitious curriculum design is based upon a school-based model that best prepares you to be gamechangers in the classroom. A series of Intensive Training and Practice periods, following a designed model of implementation, allows for deeper exploration, application and deconstruction of key areas of teaching and learning. Whilst on the programme you will be supported by expert staff including a Lead Mentor and personal and academic tutor.

The programme adopts an integrated approach to all aspects necessary for the award of QTS with PGCE and a variety of delivery modes will be employed to reflect this. Given the professional nature of the programme, much of the support during the practical parts of the programme will be school classroom based. You will be allocated a trained school-based mentor who will support you through continuous professional development and discussion.

If you are interested in spending a day in a primary school please contact Deborah Outhwaite at or call 07712 674474.


We have over 50 schools within the alliance in Derby City, Derbyshire and Staffordshire and we can offer you a great variety of schools to enable you to train in a setting that matches your experience.

This excellent range of partner schools gives a real strength to our programme providing trainees with many opportunities to learn and develop in a range of contexts.

Join Developing Teachers Schools Academies (DTSA) and our excellent beginner teacher programme.

See young people learn, grow and progress everyday. 

Learn more here

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We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate potential and show strong commitment to teaching. You may also be looking for a change in career. We have trainees from all walks of life including industry and career changes.

Available Funding

School Direct funding with DTSA

How do I apply?

Apply to School Direct with DTSA

What Qualifications Will I Gain?

School Direct Qualifications with DTSA ITTE

Why Choose DTSA

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